Jan. 25, 2014
WACO, Texas - The seventh-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team began its dual match season with a 4-0 victory over No. 47 Boise State on Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center as part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The win was the 400th in head coach Matt Knoll’s career at Baylor.
Baylor’s doubles paring of Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri claimed the first victory for the Bears on court two, 6-5(3). Patrick Pradella and Mate Zsiga followed that win up by securing the doubles point on court one with a 6-4 victory.
In singles action, the 92nd-ranked Lupieri claimed the second Baylor point with a 6-1, 6-4 victory on court five over Boise State’s Brendan McLain. Galeano, ranked No. 18, was the next winner with a 6-5(1), 6-1 victory over Thomas Tenreiro. The second-ranked Julian Lenz clinched the victory for the Bears in the No. 1 spot with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 54th-ranked Andy Bettles.
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STAT OF THE DAY:
Baylor head coach Matt Knoll recorded his 400th win at Baylor. The six-time Big 12 Conference Coach of the year improves his all-time Baylor record to 400-106.
TOP QUOTE #1:
“It felt great to play. I think it is a little different in a dual match with a few guys who hadn’t played in a while. There is a bit of nervousness associated with that and I think Boise State is a well-coached, disciplined team. They make you work for everything and they did that today. I thought this was a great start.” - head coach Matt Knoll on the match today.
TOP QUOTE #2:
“It is one of those things that is really on the shoulders of the players. I have to thank them for putting me in a position to win those matches. Those are the guys who have done all the work.” Knoll on reaching win No. 400.
Baylor will be back in action on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center to take on No. 28 Auburn with a trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on the line. The match is set to begin at 3 p.m.