THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- 11th-ranked Baylor men's tennis saw two players advance to the main draw singles quarterfinals after day one of the Sherwood Collegiate Cup Friday at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
First, Jimmy Bendeck edged eighth-seeded Maxime Cressy of UCLA in a three-set thriller, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3), before knocking out USC's Laurens Verboven in three sets, 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals.
Also, Third-seeded Bjoern Petersen also had a big opening round win, this one over Stanford's Michael Genender, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6). Then, he clinched a spot in the main draw quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over UCLA's Austin Rapp.
Going 1-1 on the day were five other Bears. First, top-seeded and No. 11 Johannes Schretter was upset in the main draw opening round by Stanford's Jack Barber, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, but bounced back quickly in the consolation round of 16 against USC's Mateusz Smolicki, 5-7, 6-3, 1-0(7).
Will Little opened the singles draw with a 6-3, 6-3 win over USC's seventh-seeded Jack Jaede but then suffered a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 loss to Stanford's William Genesen. Meanwhile, Roy Smith earned a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over UCLA's Connor Hance in the first round but was tripped up in the round of 16 by Stanford's second-seeded Tom Fawcett, 6-3, 6-2.
Constantin Frantzen advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Stanford's David Wilczynski but then dropped a 6-2, 7-6(5) loss to sixth-seeded Keegan Smith of UCLA. Matias Soto earned his first collegiate singles victory with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over UCLA's Bryce Pereira. He then fell 6-4, 6-2 to Stanford's fourth-seeded Axel Geller in the round of 16.
Sven Lah opened up the day with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Stanford's Sameer Kumar in the main draw round of 32, and then he fell 6-4, 6-2 to Stanford's Genender in the consolation round of 16.
Finally, Akos Kotorman suffered a 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 loss to sixth-seeded Keegan Smith of UCLA in the opening round. In the consolation draw, he fell 6-3, 7-5 to UCLA's eighth-seeded Maxime Cressy in the final match of the day.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow and will open the doubles draw round of 16 at 12:15 p.m. CT. Fourth-seeded Schretter and Smith will team up against UCLA's Hance and Connor Rapp. Bendeck and Frantzen will pair together to face UCLA's Pereira and Cressy.
Meanwhile, Lah and Little team up to battle Stanford's Tom Fawcett and Timothy Sah. BU's final pairing of Petersen and Kotorman will partner to face USC's Henry Ji and Jens Sweaney.
In singles play, the quarterfinals will be played on Saturday, followed by the semifinals on Sunday and final on Monday. Third-seeded Bjoern Petersen faces UCLA's sixth-seeded Keegan Smith while Jimmy Bendeck matches up against Stanford's Eric Fomba.
In the consolation quarterfinals, top-seeded Johannes Schretter faces UCLA's Connor Hance. All singles matches will begin at approximately 1 p.m. CT.
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SHERWOOD COLLEGIATE CUP RESULTS -- Friday, Jan. 12
Main Draw Singles Round of 32
Jimmy Bendeck def. (8) Maxime Cressy (UCLA), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3)
Matias Soto def. Bryce Pereira (UCLA), 6-0, 6-1
Constantin Frantzen def. David Wilczynski (Stanford), 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
(3) Bjoern Petersen def. Michael Genender (Stanford), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6)
Will Little def. (7) Jack Jaede (USC), 6-3, 6-3
Roy Smith def. Connor Hance (UCLA), 1-6, 7-5, 6-2
Jack Barber (Stanford) def. (1) Johannes Schretter, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
Sameer Kumar (Stanford) over Sven Lah, 6-2, 6-2
(6) Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. Akos Kotorman, 6-1, 1-6, 6-0
Main Draw Singles Round of 16
Bjoern Petersen def. Austin Rapp (UCLA), 6-2, 6-1
Jimmy Bendeck def. Laurens Verboven (USC), 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3
(4) Axel Geller (Stanford) def. Matias Soto, 6-4, 6-2
(6) Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. Constantin Frantzen, 6-2, 7-6(5)
William Genesen (Stanford) def. Will Little, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
(2) Tom Fawcett (Stanford) def. Roy Smith, 6-3, 6-2
Consolation Singles Round of 16
(1) Johannes Schretter def. Mateusz Smolicki (USC), 5-7, 6-3, 1-0(7)
Michael Genender (Stanford) def. Sven Lah, 6-4, 6-2
(8) Maxime Cressy (UCLA) def. Akos Kotorman, 6-3, 7-5
SHERWOOD COLLEGIATE CUP DRAW -- Saturday, Jan. 13
Doubles Round of 16 -- 12:15 p.m. CT start
Jimmy Bendeck/Constantin Frantzen vs. Bryce Pereira/Maxime Cressy (UCLA)
(4) Johannes Schretter/Roy Smith vs. Connor Hance/Connor Rapp (UCLA)
Sven Lah/Will Little vs. Tom Fawcett/Timothy Sah (Stanford)
Bjoern Petersen/Akos Kotorman vs. Henry Ji/Jens Sweaney (USC)
Consolation Singles Quarterfinals -- 1 p.m. CT start
(1) Johannes Schretter vs. Connor Hance (UCLA)