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TCU Takes Down Stanford, Texas Rides Telles Past Cal, UCLA TKOs Baylor, Louisville & Wisconsin Win Close (Premium)

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For the second down in a row the Bay Area delivered some high quality but on Saturday the big winners were the visitors from the Lone Star State. TCU came into the weekend ranked just outside the top 30 with a 5-4 record but they'll head to Santa Barbara three games over .500 after coming back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat No. 41 Stanford 4-3. TCU made a doubles lineup adjustment by dropping an ailing Reese Stalder from No. 1 to No. 3 and moving Cameron Norrie up from No. 3 to No. 1 in an attempt to find a way to sweep the top two courts. On Friday night against Cal, Stalder teamed with Jerry Lopez to defeat the top ranked doubles team of Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat but during singles he was forced to retire with what appeared to be some kind of shoulder injury. 

Stanford's No. 3 team of David Wilczynski and Brandon Sutter would take advantage of the situation and jump on Stalder and Gianni Mancini by breaking Stalder from 30/40 to go in front 3-1. Sutter held for 4-1 and then Stanford broke Mancini from 30/40 to make it 5-1. Wilczynski would serve it out on the no-ad point to give Stanford a 6-1 win. 

TCU's newly formed No. 1 team of Jerry Lopez and Cameron Norrie, who hadn't teamed together since March of last year, jumped out to an early lead after breaking Tom Fawcett from 30/40 to go up 1-0. TCU maintained the break lead with some routine holds until Fawcett and Yale Goldberg broke Lopez's 4-3 service from 30/40 to even it at 4-4. TCU had two chances to break back after going up 30/40 on Fawcett's serve but Fawcett hit back-to-back service winners to hold for 5-4. Norrie held at love for 5-5 and then he and Lopez broke Goldberg from 30/40 after Lopez ripped a return right down the middle which Fawcett was unable to put back in play. Lopez would serve it out from 40/15 to give TCU the 7-5 win. 

In the decider at No. 2 neither team would face a break point in the first five service games but TCU's Alex Rybakov and Guillermo Nunez had two break opportunities as Michael Genender served at 2-3 (30/40). Rybakov went long on a second serve forehand return to bring up the no-ad point and then Genender served into Nunez's body and Kumar swatted his return away to get the hold for 3-3. The next break opportunity came when Nunez served at 5-5 (30/40) and Stanford would cash in after Rybakov netted a high volley. Stanford's Sameer Kumar tried to serve it out but after going up 40/30 TCU would come back to break on the no-ad point after a Genender volley sailed long. TCU went ahead 3-1 in the tiebreak but Stanford came back and won the next six point to close it out 7-3. 

After dropping the doubles point TCU knew it'd have to sweep the top four spots to win because Stanford was going to be a big favorite at both No. 5 and No. 6. As expected the bottom two courts went pretty quickly. Stalder was unable to put much pace on his serve and David Wilczynski ate him up. Wilczynski jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then he'd add a third break to take the first set 6-1. Stalder was able to hold in his first service game of the second set but he wouldn't do it again as Wilczynski won the last five games to close it out 6-1, 6-1 in 57 minutes.

Stanford's Brandon Sutter extended the lead to 3-0 with a routine straight set win over Gianni Mancini at No. 6. Sutter jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening set and took the set 6-2. Mancini held for 2-1 in the second but Sutter won the final five games to take it 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour and 2 minutes. 

Despite trailing 3-0, TCU was actually in pretty good shape because they had set leads on three of the four remaining courts plus Cameron Norrie had just earned a split at No. 1 after taking the second set 6-1. 

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  • Comment Link Rojer Gens Sunday, 12 March 2017 01:30 posted by Rojer Gens

    since when are recaps premium content? is there anything left on this website that doesn't require payment to view?

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Sunday, 12 March 2017 10:21 posted by Bobby Knight

    Rojer, I started putting some of my weekend recaps of the bigger matches in my premium content section over the last month. I spend a considerable amount of time following/attending the matches as well as putting these recaps together and almost all the details that you'll find within the recap are details that you will not find anywhere else.

    There is still plenty of free content available throughout the week and the large majority of the information in my drop down menus are free for all to view and use.

    Thank you for reading the site.

  • Comment Link Dave C. Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:44 posted by Dave C.

    Bobby, I subscribed last month and have enjoyed all your content. I use your live scoring page daily because so many of the schools make it hard to find those links. I don't know how you keep track of all the matches going on at the same time. Love your passion for the sport - keep it up!!

  • Comment Link Alex Monday, 13 March 2017 08:54 posted by Alex

    Bobby, who you have winning the Big 12? On any given day, I can see TCU, Texas, OU, Ok. State, or Baylor beating each other. TCU has the least margin for error (they basically have to sweep the top 4 spots) so I think it might be tough for them to win the league outright, but they've got the most firepower up top.

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Monday, 13 March 2017 09:29 posted by Bobby Knight

    Alex, I've got the same line of thinking as you - any of those five teams can beat the other with Texas Tech the only one that has no chance. If TCU can get Trevor Johnson back by next month I'd make them the team to beat but if isn't ready to return from his back injury then I'm probably leaning towards Oklahoma (assuming Harris comes back from his back injury) since they get Texas, TCU, and Oklahoma State in Norman. The conference tournament is at Oklahoma too.

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