Men’s tennis falls on the road at TCU

By Nathan Keil | Sports Editor

No. 23 Baylor men’s tennis dropped its third straight Big 12 conference road match Thursday night in Fort Worth. The Bears fell behind early and couldn’t gain much ground in singles, falling 4-1 to No. 6 TCU.

The Horned Frogs got to off a good start, grabbing the doubles point and put the Bears at an early deficit.

The fifth-ranked TCU duo of senior Guillermo Nunez and junior Alex Rybakov took down the ninth-ranked duo of junior Johannes Schretter and redshirt junior Will Little 6-1 on court one.

TCU then took the doubles point, earning a 6-3 win on court two over sophomore Constantin Frantzen and freshman Akos Kotorman to take the early 1-0 lead.

In singles, TCU jumped out to early leads on one, two, three and five. But the Bears got a little bit of life when freshman Roy Smith stormed past fellow freshman Eduardo Roldan, dropping just one total game and closing out the match on a double fault, claiming a 6-0, 6-1 win.

TCU grabbed a 2-1 lead as Baylor freshman Matias Soto fell to No. 91 Nunez, 6-3, 6-4 on court three.

The Horned Frogs then extended their lead to 3-1 after claiming a victory on court two. TCU senior Trevor Johnson earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory over sophomore Bjoern Petersen.

TCU then closed out the match as No. 19 Rybakov took down Schretter 6-3, 6-4 on court one.

Baylor (18-7, 1-3) returns home, where it is 14-0 on the season, to close out Big 12 play. The Bears will host No. 15 Texas on Senior Day at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.