Feb. 9, 2010
WACO, Texas - In its last match before the ITA National Team Indoor Championship starts Friday, the sixth-ranked men's tennis defeated the University of Texas-Pan American, 7-0, on Tuesday at the Baylor Tennis Center.
"It was a useful day at the office to get us ready to play," head coach Matt Knoll said. "We knew they would be a good competitive team. They have guys that can play tennis at every position and the scores reflected that. We needed to be pushed a little bit and they gave us what we were hoping for."
The Bears opened up doubles play with the first time tandem of Jordan Rux and Roberto Maytin taking down UTPA's brothers pairing of Beau and Brett Bernstein, 8-3.
"It was great just to get him in," Knoll said of Maytin's play in doubles. "I was happy he was able to play a match. I felt strongly about wanting to get this match in before going to the Indoors, because I wanted to get he and Jordan a match together. I think you can see they have a bright future together."
The No. 2 doubles team of Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny followed the lead of Rux and Maytin by dispatching of Ashwin Vijayaragavan and Nirvick Mohinta, 8-1 to give the Bears the doubles point. Julian Bley and Sergio Ramirez closed out the doubles with an 8-3 win over Marcus Dornauf and Andrew Irving.
In singles, Baylor won all of the matches in straight sets. Horny was the first Bear off the courts with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Abdelhamid Riani at the No. 6 spot. Maytin followed his solid doubles performance with his second singles win as a Bear taking down Dornauf 6-4, 6-2 at the fifth position. The 11th-ranked Rux clinched the match for Baylor with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Brett Bernstein at the No. 2 spot.
With the match in hand Lukacs beat Vijayaragavan 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1, Dominik Mueller closed out Mohinta 6-4, 6-0 and Ramirez ousted Beau Bernstein 6-4, 6-2 at the third spot.
Baylor will now travel to the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va. The Bears will face No. 11 Florida in the first round of the tournament at 9 a.m. (EST) on Friday.
Match Notes: Baylor has won 12 straight home matches and 21 of 22 matches overall. Lukacs and Rux are both 5-0 in dual match play this season. With the singles win Lukacs moves into a tie for second on the all-time Baylor singles wins list with Lars Poerschke and Benedikt Dorsch with 119 career wins. Mueller also moved into tie for seventh on that list with Michal Kokta at 101 career singles wins. Attila Bucko sat out the match, because of coach's decision.