Feb. 3, 2014
WACO, Texas - The seventh-ranked Baylor men's tennis team remained perfect on the year with a 6-1 victory over No. 73 Purdue (1-1) Sunday at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center. The match was originally scheduled to be played outside at the Hurd Tennis Center, but was moved indoors due to rain in the area.
Baylor (4-0) claimed its fourth straight doubles point of the season with wins on courts two and three. Julian Lenz and Robert Verzaal was the first pairing off the court after getting past Diego Acosta and Mateus Silva, 6-1, in the No. 3 spot, before Tony Lupieri and Vince Schneider clinched the point with a 6-4 victory on court two.
The second-ranked Lenz gave the Bears a 2-0 lead in the match with his 6-1, 6-2 victory on court two over the Boilermakers' Mark Kovacs. No. 92 Lupieri was the next BU player off court with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Aaron Dujovne to put the Bears one point away from clinching the match. The Boilermakers then answered back on court five with a 6-3, 6-2 Acosta victory over Verzaal to bring the match to 3-1.
Mate Zsiga clinched the match deciding point on court three in upset fashion getting past 96th-ranked Ricky Medinilla 6-1, 6-4. The Bears claimed their fifth point on court one with seventh-ranked Patrick Pradella getting past Szymon Tatarczyk 6-1, 6-5(7). Schneider got a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win over Silva on court six to round out BU's 6-1 victory.
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STAT OF THE MATCH:
Sophomore Julian Lenz continued his dominant ways, only giving up three games in the match today. Through his last two matches Lenz has only lost five games.
TOP QUOTE #1:
"It is just great to play. We are just happy to get a match in and to get through it with a win is great. It gives us momentum for what is coming up. We are excited about the guys who played today. I think these guys are very capable and I think they did a great job." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match
TOP QUOTE #2:
"It is great to see those guys. Those relationships mean a lot to us and we certainly want to continue to play guys who we feel great about the way they are running their program. Those guys are doing a first class job and those are the kinds of teams we want to associate with." - head coach Matt Knoll on playing against former players and current Purdue coaches, Pawel Gajdzik and Matija Zgaga
TOP QUOTE #3:
"I think that the whole team did a good job making adjustments. We made good decisions in singles and doubles. We had a good start and made them play tougher in the beginning. Purdue is a good team and a talented team that played well. They made it tough on us in a few spots, but I think we handled it pretty good. We came out strong and just closed it out. That is what we wanted to do against the third ranked opponent we have played." - junior Mate Zsiga on the match
Baylor will be back in action on Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center to the first of three double headers of the season. The Bears will get started with a match against Cameron at 2 p.m., followed by Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m.