COLLEGE STATION -- Riding a two-match win streak against ranked opposition, the No. 49-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team closes out non-conference play on the road at No. 73 TCU on Tuesday, March 27 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Aggies (12-5) will play their first road match since playing Hawaii and Michigan on the Big Island of Hawaii earlier this month. First serve versus the Horned Frogs (4-8) is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
A&M has won four of its last five matches including a pair of back-to-back victories over No. 22 Tulsa (5-2) on March 21 and No. 40 New Mexico (5-2) on March 25. The Aggies will look to pick up their first road win of the season with three previous road losses at perennial tennis powerhouses Illinois, USC and UCLA. Historically, the Frogs own a 31-8 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last two meetings between the two schools including a 4-3 victory on March 22, 2006 in College Station.
“TCU has three to four solid players in their lineup and will be dangerous,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “We have more depth, but we are going to have to go up there and play well. We have not played a road match in a long time and it will give our players an opportunity to test the TCU players on their own home court. Ultimately, we are trying to get everyone playing near their best as we head into Big 12 Conference and postseason play.”
The Frogs are paced by top player Cosmin Cotet who is currently ranked No. 106 in the latest ITA/FILA singles rankings. On the doubles side, Cotet partners with teammate Kriegler Brink and both carry a No. 23 national ranking into Tuesday’s match. TCU’s four wins of the season have come against A&M common opponents in Texas-Arlington, Wichita State, UTPA and Division II power Abilene Christian. Seven of their eight losses have come against teams ranked among the top 30 in the country such as Duke, LSU and Baylor.
Sophomore Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) is on a four-match winning streak in singles and has posted the second-best record on the team going 17-8 at the No. 1 and 2 positions. Meanwhile, seniors John Nallon (Garland, Texas) and Brett Joelson (Beaverton, Ore.) have won their last two consecutive matches against the Golden Hurricane and Lobos combined. Nallon has compiled a 16-10 singles record, while Joelson is 9-3.
In doubles play, the Aggies are led by Pollock and junior Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) with a team-best 15-5 record followed by the No. 41-ranked doubles team of senior Bryan Wooten (Houston, Texas) and junior Mike Beatty (Cincinnati, Ohio) at 11-2.