Jan. 30, 2014
WACO, Texas - The seventh-ranked Baylor men's tennis team took down University of the Incarnate Word, 7-0, Thursday at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center. The match, originally scheduled to be played at the Hurd Tennis Center, was moved to the indoor facility due to wind conditions.
Baylor began the match in dominant fashion, sweeping all three doubles matches. The BU duo of Patrick Pradella and Mate Zsiga downed Leonard Ivic and Josip Smoljan 6-1 on court one, before Vince Schneider and Robbie Korth finished off Brandon Davis and Johan Haerens 6-3, to clinch the point. The third doubles match ended up going into a tiebreak, but Julian Lenz and Robert Verzaal outlasted Jair Assuncao and Tucker Brown, 6-5 (9-7).
The Bears continued to roll in singles action. The second-ranked Lenz gave up only four first set points to put away Ivic, 6-0, 6-2. Korth was the second Bear to finish with a 6-0, 6-1 victory on court six over Antonio Cavazos to give BU a 3-0 advantage.
Schneider secured the fourth Baylor point with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Brown on court four, before Mate Zsiga closed out his match with Josip Smoljan, 6-3, 6-0. Seventh-ranked Pradella gave the Bears a 5-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-1 win on court one over Assuncao. Senior Robert Verzaal rounded out the Bears 7-0 victory getting past Antonio Cavasos 6-3, 6-2 on court five.
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- Baylor held Incarnate Word to under six game wins on all but one court in singles action.
- Baylor improves their season record to a perfect 3-0 with the win today. It is the first time the Bears have started 3-0 since 2010.
- Incarnate word falls to 0-2 on the season with the loss.
STAT OF THE DAY:
Sophomore Julian Lenz only allowed four points in his 6-0 first set victory.
TOP QUOTE #1:
"I thought it was great. Everyone got to play and we were on balance. I thought the guys really made the most of it. I thought Julian played his best tennis in the first set and I was really pleased with that. In singles everyone did a great job. We had one doubles match that was flat, but I thought it was a great day." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match today
TOP QUOTE #2:
"They have two of our great players, Pawel Gajdzik and Matija Zgaga out there, and it will be good to have them back. It is always kind of awkward to compete against the Baylor Bears, but those guys are working their team hard and coming in to get after us. It will be a challenge, we will have to go out there and play better and I think we will. It will be a good day for us." - Knoll on hosting Purdue on Sunday.
Baylor will be back in action Sunday, Feb. 2, when they host No. 72 Purdue. The match is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.