TCU Set For Pivotal Weekend Against Boise State and Air Force
April 12, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's tennis team will host a pair of Mountain West opponents this weekend, welcoming No. 30 Boise State (April 13) and Air Force (April 15) to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
As always, admission is free to all TCU tennis matches and there will be free pizza, while supplies last, courtesy of Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza Company.
The Horned Frogs opened their league schedule last weekend on the road, earning a 6-1 victory at UNLV before dropping a 5-2 decision against San Diego State. Freshman Facundo Lugones has been playing well as of late, riding a three-match winning streak into the weekend. Lugones also teamed up with senior Daniel Sanchez for a 2-0 doubles record versus the Rebels and Aztecs.
SCOUTING BOISE STATE
Boise State (20-6, 2-0 MW) enters the weekend ranked No. 30 in the most recent Campbell’s/ITA National Team Rankings. The Broncos have two league matches under their belt, defeating San Diego State by the score of 6-1 on March 29, while sweeping Air Force, 7-0, on April 7. Junior James Meredith is listed at No. 69 in the national singles rankings, followed by senior Damian Hume at No. 74.
Friday’s match will serve as only the second meeting between the Frogs and the Broncos. TCU collected a 4-3 victory at home in 2004 after taking the doubles points and collecting three quick singles wins from Fabrizio Sestini, Jacopo Tezza and Jacob Martin.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
Air Force (9-10, 0-4 MW) comes into Sunday’s match after picking up a 5-2 win against Weber State on April 8. The Falcons will play three matches over the weekend, taking on Lamar (April 13) and UT Arlington (April 14) before battling the Frogs. USAFA has struggled against MW competition this spring, falling to UNLV, New Mexico, San Diego State and Boise State.
The Frogs have never lost to Air Force, boasting a 10-0 record in the all-time series. Seven of the 10 meetings have finished in shutouts by TCU. The first meeting between the two programs came in 1998 while both teams were part of the Western Athletic Conference.