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    GoFrogs: TCU Falls Just Short to No. 4 Florida

    FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 15 TCU men's tennis team battled until the very end with No. 4 Florida, but the Gators were able to come up with the 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon inside the indoor facility at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth.

    The Horned Frogs (4-2) and the Gators (5-0) went toe-to-toe in doubles, but Florida used late breaks on two of the courts to secure the doubles point. TCU got the first win of the day as the No. 48 pair of Reese Stalder and Bertus Kruger claimed the 6-3 win on court two. Courts one and three came down to the wire, but Florida capitalized off the advantage and claimed 6-4 wins mere moments apart to take the early 1-0 lead in the match.

    TCU did not give up and stormed back in singles to take all five first sets that were playing. No. 75 Alastair Gray put the Frogs on the board with a 6-4, 6-0 victory on court two over No. 27 Andres Andrade. Luc Fomba put TCU in front as the freshman got his second victory over a ranked opponent as he upset No. 109 Duarte Vale, 6-4, 6-3, on court five. Senior Reese Stalder was able to extend the lead as he upended No. 67 Sam Riffice, 7-5, 6-4, on court three, to give the Frogs the 3-1 lead. As two of the final three courts were headed into the decisive third set, Florida did not falter as the highly-ranked Gators stormed back on the final three courts to complete the comeback and steal the victory from TCU.

    Quotes from the Match
    Head Coach David Roditi
    "I am obviously disappointed that we could not close it out. We had great momentum going for so long and we bounced back beautifully after losing what I thought was a doubles point that we had many opportunities for. We couldn't break serve on the No. 1 court and we had a lot of break points. A lot of it is credit to Florida. They have had the best recruiting classes the last few years and these guys are used to being in that moment. In my opinion, they are one of the best teams in the nation. It is encouraging that we had them and it is encouraging that we played at a very high level in all spots really. That part is encouraging as well as (Luc) Fomba, Reese (Stalder) and Alastair (Gray) with their great performances. In sports you have to close it out and we didn't close it out.

    "We lost our focus in some matches and we made some crucial errors at crucial times in other matches that cost us the match. At the same time, Florida didn't. Their coaching staff did a great job at No. 1 singles. For that guy to come back from a set down and beat (Alex) Rybakov here at home shows you a lot about his character and his coaches. I am sure Rybakov is going to be disappointed we lost 4-3 and he lost one of those matches."

    Match Results
    University of Florida vs TCU
    Feb 10, 2019 at Fort Worth, Texas
    (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
    #4 University of Florida 4, #15 TCU 3

    Singles competition
    1. #20 Oliver Crawford (UF) def. #8 Alex Rybakov (TCU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
    2. #75 Alastair Gray (TCU) def. #27 Andres Andrade (UF) 6-4, 6-0
    3. Reese Stalder (TCU) def. #67 Sam Riffice (UF) 7-5, 6-4
    4. #46 Johannes Ingildsen (UF) def. #83 Bertus Kruger (TCU) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
    5. Luc Fomba (TCU) def. #109 Duarte Vale (UF) 6-4, 6-3
    6. Lukas Greif (UF) def. Sander Jong (TCU) 6-4, 6-2

    Doubles competition
    1. McClain Kessler/Duarte Vale (UF) def. Alex Rybakov/Alastair Gray (TCU) 6-4
    2. #48 Reese Stalder/Bertus Kruger (TCU) def. Alfredo Perez/Johannes Ingildsen (UF) 6-3
    3. #35 Oliver Crawford/Sam Riffice (UF) def. Luc Fomba/Sander Jong (TCU) 6-4

    Match Notes:
    University of Florida 5-0; National ranking #4
    TCU 4-2; National ranking #15
    Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,5,3,1,4,6)
    T-3:06 A-225

    Up Next
    TCU will head to Chicago, Ill., to take part in the 2019 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship from Feb. 15-18 at the Midtown Athletic Club. Draws and schedule of play will be released on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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