Jan. 26, 2014
WACO, Texas - The seventh-ranked Baylor men's tennis team took down No. 28 Auburn, 4-1, on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center. With the win, the Bears secured a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships to be held in Houston on Feb. 14-17.
Baylor got off to a strong start in the match against the Tigers claiming the doubles point in dominant fashion. The pairing of Julian Lenz and Robert Verzaal secured a 6-1 victory on court three over Joseph Van Dooren and Dante Saleh. The Bears then locked up the doubles point on court one where Patrick Pradella and Mate Zsiga put away Daniel Cochrane and Peter Tomic, 6-3.
In singles action, the 18th-ranked Diego Galeano topped Dennis Lengsfeld 6-4, 6-5(6) to put the Bears up 2-0. The Baylor junior won five straight points in the second-set tiebreaker, after trailing 6-3.
Auburn answered back with a Van Dooren 6-5(4), 6-5(6) win on court six over freshman Vince Schneider.
Zsiga recorded his first win of the season with a 4-6, 6-5(2), 6-1 to give the Bears a 3-1 lead. Second-ranked Lenz secured the BU victory on court one with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over Lukas Ollert.
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- Baylor will be making its 11th appearance at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
- The Bears won the event in 2005 and will be returning to the event for the first time since 2012.
- Baylor handed Auburn its first doubles point loss of the season.
STAT OF THE DAY:
4 - Number of matches Auburn had won to start the season, before Baylor got the win on Sunday.
TOP QUOTE #1:
"We knew it would be a tough match today. They have a good program and are well coached and have a lot of good players. We played well in doubles. I did a really poor job as a coach in over emphasizing the doubles. The result was we came out flat as a pancake in singles and got behind breaks on four courts and lost four first sets. We made it tough on ourselves. The thing I liked is that once we got behind, we responded incredibly well. We had the feel of a team with a lot of confidence. Even though we got behind and lost some first sets we had a lot of belief that we would be able to find a way to win." - head Coach Matt Knoll
TOP QUOTE #2:
"It is pretty cool. Coach told me to hit an ace and I felt confident to go for it. If I missed the first one, I still had the second one. I was just going for it and it worked out for me." - Sophomore Julian Lenz on closing out the match with an ace.
Baylor will be back in action Thursday at the Hurd Tennis Center to take on University of the Incarnate Word at 2:30 p.m.