Feb. 14, 2014
HOUSTON - The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team picked up a first round victory in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 4-3 win over No. 8 Texas A&M on Friday at the Downtown Club at the Met.
BU got off to a slow start dropping the doubles point for the first time this season. BU's pairing of Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri opened with a 6-4 win over A&M's Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant, but the Aggies would go on to claim the point with a pair of 6-5 wins on courts one and three.
The Bears quickly turned things around in singles, picking up a quick 6-2, 6-4 victory by Lupieri on court six over Jordan Szabo to even the match score at 1-1. Then on court one, sixth-ranked Julian Lenz bested No. 22 Harrison Adams, 6-4, 6-1, to put the Bears up 2-1.
The teams would trade jabs to finish out the match leaving the deciding point on court four with the score tied 3-3. Baylor's Mate Zsiga claimed a 6-5 (7) first-set victory, but dropped the second, 6-3. In the third and deciding set Zsiga dominated and earned a 6-0 victory to clinch the match.
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- Baylor improved to 7-0 on the season. The Bears last started 7-0 in 2008.
- The Bears are now 18-14 all-time at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
- BU won its first round match at the event for the first time since 2007.
- Baylor has won 9 of the last 12 matches vs. Texas A&M. The Aggies lead the all-time series 20-33-1.
- Julian Lenz (7-0), Mate Zsiga (6-0), Diego Galeano (5-0) and Tony Lupieri (4-0) are all undefeated in undefeated in dual-match play.
- Baylor improved to 4-0 vs. ranked opponents this season.
STAT OF THE DAY
Julian Lenz has held his opponent to five points or less in his last five matches.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Mate's one of those weird humans who just doesn't get tired. He can run around all day and be fresh at the end. That makes him very difficult to play in a match like that. He's the exact right guy to have in that situation." - Head coach Matt Knoll on Mate Zsiga's three-set victory
TOP QUOTE #2
"We didn't execute in the tiebreakers in doubles. We had some double-faults and missed some balls, which was disappointing. But you've got to give A&M a lot of credit. They made us execute. They're good in doubles, and we expected them to be good in doubles." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the doubles play
TWEET OF THE MATCH
Baylor will be back in action on Saturday in the second round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Bears will face No. 3 Southern California in a rematch of last year's NCAA Round of 16 contest. BU lost that match, 4-1. The Bears trail the all-time series with the Trojans, 5-4. Saturday's match is scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m. at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club. Live scoring and a live blog of the match will be available on BaylorBears.com.