TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, March 25, 2004
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Men’s tennis team prepares for biggest challenge of the season thus far
The team’s recent loss to Tulsa has them refocused and regrouped heading into a contest against nationally-ranked Rice.

By Mary Hollis
Skiff Staff

The TCU men’s tennis team will take their No. 11 ranking into a battle against No. 6 Rice today, in a match that has become the season’s biggest following last week’s loss to Tulsa.

This will be the team’s second match of the season against an opponent ranked higher than Frogs and in the nation’s top 10. A victory against the Owls wouldn’t just help the Frogs avenge their only loss of the season, but it should also help them regain their position in the national rankings.

Over Spring Break, the team began the process of rebounding from the Tulsa loss with victories over Miami and Boise State.

Assistant coach Cory Hubbard said he is pleased with how well the team has bounced back from its only loss of the season and that they seem to have their confidence back.
“After the Tulsa match the team rededicated themselves and has really been working hard,” Hubbard said. “We had a good match against Miami, we beat them 7-0, and a good Boise State team, 4-3. So we are feeling confident again and really looking forward to this match.”

Head coach Joey Rive attributed the Tulsa loss to the team not being as fired up as usual. He said the team felt out of their element against the Golden Hurricanes, as it was the team’s first away match.

“It basically served as a reminder to us that we are a good team when we’re hungry for a win and that we’re okay when we’re not,” Rive said. “Since that time we’ve been able to really use it to get fired up for these matches and now we are getting to the end of the season so it’s a good time for us.”

Junior Jacob Martin said the team has been playing much better and is feeling better physically.

“The team really regrouped and came together to get two more victories against pretty good teams,” he said. “We are really looking forward to playing Rice; it is a really good chance for us to get back where we belong.”

The Frogs will have that chance to get back to where they belong at 2 p.m. today at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

Fans are urged to come out and support the Frogs as they take on one of their toughest opponents of the season. Any TCU supporter who attends the match will receive free pizza on a first come basis. There will also be a sorority/fraternity competition, where the most supportive fraternity will receive free pizza and the most supportive sorority will earn a free tennis clinic mixer.
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