Feb. 16, 2014
HOUSTON - No. 6 Baylor (7-2) fell to No. 7 Oklahoma, 4-3, in the consolation draw of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Sunday at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Center.
BU wrapped up its participation at the event, by winning the doubles point for first time in three matches. BU nabbed a pair of 6-4 wins coming on courts two and three to take a 1-0 lead into singles.
Oklahoma answered back quickly in singles with a 6-2, 6-0 win by No. 4 Axel Alvarez Llamas over 18th-ranked Diego Galeano on court two. The Sooners maintained the momentum picking up the go-ahead point on court six with a Peerakit Siributwong 6-3, 6-0 victory over Vince Schneider.
The Bears struck back on court five with a Tony Lupieri 6-2, 6-2 victory over Alex Ghilea to bring the score to 2-2. No. 28 Andrew Harris put the Sooners one point away with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Mate Zsiga on court three, before BU's Michel Dornbusch picked up a huge upset win 6-3, 4-6, 6-5(6) over No. 46 Dane Webb on court four.
With the match tied at 3-3, the focus shifted to court one where No. 9 Patrick Pradella faced off against No 2 Guillermo Alcorta. Pradella had claimed the first set 6-4, but was unable to capitalize, dropping the second and third sets to lose 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
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- Baylor finished 1-2 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
- The Bears are now 18-16 all-time at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in 11 appearances.
- The all-time series record between Baylor and Oklahoma is tied 19-19, but BU leads 18-6 during the Matt Knoll era.
- Tony Lupieri (6-0) is undefeated in dual-match play.
- Baylor fell to 4-2 vs. ranked opponents this season.
TOP QUOTE #1
"I thought our guys fought, rallied and played hard. They played to win, and didn't feel sorry for themselves because they were playing without Julian. Michel (Dornbusch) fought off several match points, Patrick fought off several match points. They were really gritty." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match.
TOP QUOTE #2
"You have to admire his courage with the match on the line, but you've just got to be more solid. He was giving away points out there like the Easter Bunny."- Head coach Matt Knoll on Michael Dornbusch's performance today.
Baylor will be back in action on Sunday as the Bears host Mississippi at the Hurd Tennis Center. The match is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. Live scoring and a live blog will be available for the match at BaylorBears.com.