Feb. 15, 2014
HOUSTON - The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis (7-1) fell to No. 3 USC (6-0), 4-2, in the quarterfinal round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Saturday at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Center.
For the second straight match, the Bears were unable to secure the doubles point. Baylor's pairing of Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri fell to Robert Quiroz and Connor Farren on court two, 6-3. The USC pairing of Eric Johnson and Max de Vroome secured the point for the Trojans with a 6-4 victory on court three over Baylor's Julian Lenz and Robert Verzaal.
The news following the doubles point loss did not get better for the Bears as they would have to play out the singles portion of the match without sophomore standout and sixth-ranked Lenz, who suffered an injury in doubles play.
The Trojans quickly extended their lead to 2-0 with a win on court two where 16th-ranked Yannick Hanfmann got past No. 18 Galeano 6-2, 6-1. The Bears did answer back with a Lupieri win on court five over Eric Johnson 6-3, 6-1, bringing the score of the match to 2-1 in favor of the Trojans.
After suffering another loss on court three, BU brought the score to 3-2 with Michel Dornbusch's first collegiate win on court four, 6-5(5), 6-5(5) over Connor Farren. That was the last win for the Bears as USC closed out the match with a 5-6(5), 6-2, 6-3 Michael Grant victory over freshman Vince Schneider sealing the 4-2 win for Southern Cal.
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TOP QUOTE #1
"He really picked up his level on his service game in the second set, which was big, because he wasn't getting much on (Sarmiento's) serve. I don't think he had a break point the whole match until that last point before it ended." - Head coach Matt Knoll on No. 9 Pradella's strong showing against No. 7 Ray Sarmiento
TOP QUOTE #2
"I think he grew from yesterday. He was more up-and-down than he's going to be, but it's a great step. In 10 matches, you won't even recognize him. He's going to be a great player in 10 more matches." - Head coach Matt Knoll on Michael Dornbusch's first collegiate win
Baylor will be in action on Sunday against Big 12 foe Oklahoma in the consolation round of the ITA event. The match is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The Bears recorded a 6-1 win during last season's regular season play, but fell to the Sooners, 4-2, in the Big 12 Championships held in Norman last season. Live scoring and a live blog of the match will be available on BaylorBears.com.