It was a pretty crazy weekend for teams out of Texas this weekend.
With Texas losing at Stanford on Friday, then rallying to win at Cal on Saturday, TCU was scraping out 4-3 wins at both Cal Friday and Stanford Saturday. BTW, if you haven’t seen that last point of the Stanford-TCU dual, then you must (LINK). Baylor has to rally against UCSB then gets blanked by UCLA. Texas A&M loses the doubles point to Vandy before sweeping singles (more on this later) and then rallies to beat Kentucky 4-3. Even on the women’s side, TCU saved three match points in the doubles, then with the match tied at 3-all, Caroline Wegner was down 5-3 in the third. She won four straight games to seal the match.
I have to say, I kind of felt that the Texas men would lose to Stanford and beat Cal. For some reason I thought the match-ups would work that way. Thankfully I wasn’t feeling well and also had zero patience for watching online, over even over Twitter.
Texas is an enigma. They can beat really good teams, but also at times lack the maturity to beat the teams they really should handle. I am not saying that Stanford is bad, but the blowout to Wake, combined with the Stanford and Tulsa losses just shows that this is still a very young team. They can also beat very good teams, like Cal, Florida and Oklahoma State.
The Aggies are certainly on a roll, rattling off some good wins over the past three weeks. They are still under .500 for the doubles point but are an incredible 22-2 at lines 3 and 4.
Speaking of which, here’s some data I collected on all the teams in Texas (vs. D1 competition) Ed note – this was run Sunday evening.
|Abilene Christian University||7-5||5-7||4-8||5-8||5-7||4-7||5-6||6-6||5-5||6-7||6-7|
|Univ. of Incarnate Word||3-4||2-3||2-3||3-3||2-3||3-4||4-1||1-7||3-4||3-5||3-5|
|Prairie View A&M University||0-12||0-12||2-10||0-12||0-11||2-9||0-9||0-8||0-9||0-13||0-13|
|University of Texas||6-8||9-7||13-3||13-3||12-2||10-4||6-8||9-7||11-3||16-2||11-7|
|Texas A&M University||10-2||6-7||4-8||11-0||11-2||9-4||3-8||6-5||5-7||12-1||4-9|
|Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||7-2||6-2||6-3||5-5||8-2||6-3||6-2||4-4||3-4||8-4||6-6|
|Texas Tech University||6-7||6-8||11-2||8-3||5-6||2-10||7-5||6-5||7-6||9-6||8-7|
|University of Texas at Arlington||3-5||1-5||6-2||6-1||5-1||6-5||2-2||6-2||6-3||6-5||6-5|
|University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley||3-10||3-9||2-11||4-8||2-9||0-12||3-11||3-7||4-8||2-12||1-13|
The headings are like this:
S1 is line #1 singles, S2 is line #2 and so on.
D1 is line #1 doubles…
3+S is how many times they have won 3 or more singles matches in a dual
DUBS is their record winning the doubles point
As you can see, Texas is 16-2 at winning at least three singles lines. The issue is they have also lost some key doubles points AND those two where they haven’t have come in the last two weekend.
Baylor has been fantastic at the top of the lineup, going a combined 29-5 at lines 1-3.
Texas is 48-12 at line 3-6.
TCU is undefeated at line 1