Bears push country's top team to the brink in front of record crowd.
Tied for the second-most wins on the team with a 26-15 record overall ... Played 26 of his 28 dual matches at the No. 3 spot ... Went 14-8 in his final dual match season ... Listed in three editions of ITA rankings with a high mark of No. 85 in the fall ... Lost opening match at Sherwood Cup, but then reeled off four wins to claim the consolation singles title ... Carried success into team competition winning 12 of his first 14 decisions ... Included in the streak was a three-set win over No. 33 Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia ... Stumbled in the first three matches of conference play losing to all ranked opponents ... Rebounded to post 2-4 conference record with a win over 68th-ranked Costin Paval of Oklahoma ... Closed out his time in Waco without a win in his last seven matches (3 losses & 4 unfinished) ... Posted a 23-15 mark in doubles play with four different partners ... In the dual match season played all three positions ... With partner Jordan Rux was 7-6 in dual play and 3-0 in Big 12 action ... Was ranked in four polls with partner Julian Bley reaching a peak of No. 38 in Jan. 5 listings ... The duo finished 12-7 on the year and 9-7 in dual match competition ... Started his senior campaign with an 8-6 fall record in singles matches ... Finished with 4-3 mark in doubles play ... Advanced to the quarterfinals of the Baylor Invitational before falling to 120th-ranked Anton Bobytskyi of Oklahoma State ... Also made a trip to the semifinals of the Texas Invitational before losing to No. 6 Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas ... Earned a place on the Academic All-Big 12 second team ... Named to the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... One of six Bears to be honored as an ITA scholar ... Voted by his teammates as BU's most improved player.
Overall had a very successful junior campaign posting a 22-13 singles record ... Was 17-9 in singles dual match play ... Ranked in five of the ITA's 10 rankings through the year with a peak at No. 40 on Jan. 6 ... Split time during the year in the fourth and fifth slots in the singles lineup ... Tallied a 5-1 record in conference play ... Finished with a 10-11 doubles mark overall while going 8-8 in dual match competition ...Was partnered with Julian Bley and Marc Bruche during the spring ... In fall play posted a 5-4 singles record including a 2-2 mark versus ranked opponents ... Ranked No. 100 in the ITA's preseason rankings ... Downed Texas' 46thranked Oliver Sajous in the Baylor Invitational round of 32 and followed with an upset of No. 28 Moritz Baumann (Wisconsin) in the tournament's round of 16 ... Lost in the tournament's quarterfinals to Tulsa's sixthranked Arnau Brugues ... Was 2-3 in doubles, 1-2 with Jordan Rux and 1- 1 when paired with former Bear Jurica Grubisic ... Named to the fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team.
One of two lefties on the team (David Galic is the other) ... Enjoyed a very successful sophomore season, finished singles at 33-10 overall including an 19-3 dual match mark ... Played primarily at No. 5 and 6 ... Faced two ranked opponents and produced three-set victories over both: 87thranked Jeremy Sonkin of Wisconsin and Stanford's 75th-ranked Richard Wire ... 25-13 in doubles included an 11-2 mark with Lars Poerschke ... The tandem produced a team-best nine-match win streak and ended the season ranked No. 59 ... Was impressive in fall play, advanced to the round of 16 at the Baylor Invitational before falling to Ole Miss' Bram Ten Berge ... After losing in the South Central Regional's round of 64, Bucko claimed six straight victories to win the consolation bracket ... Named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring semester.
Lefthander enrolled in Baylor in January ... Saw most of his action at No. 6 singles where he was 8-0 ... Posted a 1-0 Big 12 record and was 8-0 in dual matches ... Owned an 8-2 season mark ... Posted a seven-match win streak to finish the season, losing his last singles match Jan. 19 ... Finished his year with an 8-4 overall mark in doubles, 7-3 in dual match competition.
Prior to Baylor...
One of the highest ranked players in the United States Tennis Association (USTA), ranking No. 2 in Boys 18 in 2006 ... Has ranked as high as No. 59 on the International Tennis Federation's Boys 18 list ... Has played in a few ATP events and has been ranked No. 1517 ... As a junior player he won numerous 18 and under singles tournaments over the past two seasons and has been highly successful in doubles as well.
Born Jan. 13, 1988, in Subotica, Serbia ... Son of Tibor and Marika Bucko ... Hobbies include cars and motorcycles ... Would like to own his own business ... Speech communications major ... Last name is pronounced BOOTS - KO.