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GoFrogs: No. 3 Men's Tennis Hammers Oklahoma State to Conclude Seven-Match Road Trip


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GoFrogs: No. 3 TCU Hammers Oklahoma State to Conclude Seven-Match Road Trip

The 2024 NCAA D1 Men's Tennis Championship takes place in seven weeks at the Greenwood Tennis Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

On Saturday, No. 3 TCU offered a stern harbinger of its likely account in determining a national champion.

TCU hammered No. 26 Oklahoma State 4-0 on the same grounds that will host the Big 12 Championship, held from April 18-20, and contest the NCAA team and individual titles the following month.

The Horned Frogs improved to 16-3 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play with the result. TCU capped a seven-match, cross-continental road trip in the Sooner State. All seven duals came opposite ranked foes, with TCU claiming five tilts over the grueling three weeks. TCU played its fourth consecutive match on Saturday without three-time All-American Jake Fearnley and Sebastian Gorzny, the nation's No. 2 doubles player.

"Great road victory here," said head coach David Roditi. "We bounced back from a loss [on Thursday at Oklahoma]. I thought the guys did a great job here at OSU. It's one of our favorite places to go because of the class and the coaching staff here and the players. We always feel very welcomed. It's always a battle. Our guys responded exactly the way we wanted them to respond. Oklahoma State had to play in Florida a couple days ago, so we took advantage of that. Really proud of the way our guys bounced back, and now we get to go home and get ready for three conference matches. We're done on the road, proud of the win today, go Frogs."

The Horned Frogs just dropped one set all afternoon.

TCU pitched its third consecutive 4-0 shutout of Oklahoma State (15-6, 2-2 Big 12) and improved its all-time record to 18-10 vs. the Cowboys. The Horned Frogs have claimed four straight and 12 of the last 13 meetings between the programs.

Doubles Rundown

TCU sports a 65-11 in doubles play over the last three seasons. That prowess was on full display once more in Stillwater.

Injuries forced TCU to alter its pairings for the fifth consecutive match, yet the Horned Frogs rolled to their 15th doubles point in 2023-24.

Tomas Jirousek and Kaj Quirijns rolled to a 6-1 win on court three over Alex Garcia and Carl Roothman on court three to begin play. Jirousek, a fifth-year senior, and the freshman Quirijns played their first match together. From Prague, Czech Republic, Jirousek has played and won alongside a team-leading four doubles partners this season.

The 51st-ranked tandem of Duncan Chan and Lui Maxted clinched the doubles point shortly thereafter, downing Isaac Becroft and Alessio Basile via a 6-2 margin.

Jack Pinnington and Pedro Vives slotted in alongside one another for the first time ever on one. They trailed Tyler Zink and Erik Schiessl 4-3 but were on serve at the time of the clinch.

TCU improved it 15-2 this season when winning the doubles point.

Doubles Results
  1. Tyler Zink / Eerik Schiessl (OSU) vs. Jack Pinnington / Pedro Vives (TCU): 4-3, UNF
  2. #51 Duncan Chan / Lui Maxted (TCU) def. Isaac Becroft / Alessio Basile (OSU): 6-2
  3. Tomas Jirousek / Kaj Quirijns (TCU) def. Carl Roothman / Alex Garcia (OSU): 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 2

Singles Rundown
Jirousek rolled to a 6-1 triumph in set one vs. Schiessl on four, who was in turn forced to retire and gave TCU a commanding 2-0 lead.

Freshman Julian Alonso claimed his second dual singles win at six not long after the walkover on four. He downed Roothman 6-2, 6-0, and improved his season singles record to 4-2.

Pinnington, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday, earned the match-clincher. He defeated the 18th-ranked Zink, 6-3, 6-2, in the top flight. Pinnington, No. 8 in the ITA singles rankings, has won four of his last five matches, all of which have been on court one. The sophomore sports a team-leading 24-7 singles record, with 18 of his victories coming against ranked opposition.

Maxted, who entered as the winner of seven of his last eight completed matches, led Garcia 6-3, 4-4.

On court five, Duncan Chan raced out to what seemingly was an insurmountable 6-4, 5-3 lead over Basile.

Vives, 57th in the ITA singles rankings, trailed Becroct 6-7 [4-7], 0-1.

Singles Results
  1. #8 Jack Pinnington (TCU) def. #18 Tyler Zink (OSU): 6-2, 6-3
  2. #57 Pedro Vives (TCU) vs. #70 Isaac Becroft (OSU): 6-7 [4-7], 0-1, UNF
  3. #72 Lui Maxted (TCU) vs. #77 Alex Garcia (OSU): 6-3, 4-4, UNF
  4. Tomas Jirousek (TCU) def. Erik Schiessl (OSU): 6-1, RET
  5. Duncan Chan (TCU) vs. Alessio Basile (OSU): 6-4, 5-3, UNF
  6. Julian Alonso (TCU) def. Carl Roothman (OSU): 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 4, 6, 1

Up Next
TCU plays three of its final four regular season matches at home, beginning with back-to-back tussles with BYU and Texas Tech on April 4 and April 6 on the Bartzen Varsity Courts. The Horned Frogs conclude league play vs. UCF on April 13. Sandwiched in between the trio of conference duals is a trip down Interstate-30 on April 11 to face SMU.