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Men's Tennis Trounces No. 71 SMU, 6-1


Feb. 20, 2011

#8 Baylor (4-2) 6, #71 SMU (2-3) 1 
Complete Results
  #1 #2 #3 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6

Peers d. Baradach 6-1, 7-5
Costa d. Lengsfeld 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Rux d. Griffin 6-4, 7-6(5)
Ramirez d. el-Effendi 6-0, 6-4
Maytin d. Nowicki 6-1, 6-4
Grangeiro d. Cuadranti 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-3
Maytin/Peers d. Baradach/el-Effendi 8-1
Flood/Hattrup d. Lengsfeld/Rux 8-6
Bley/Grangeiro d. Nowicki/Cuadranti 9-7

DALLAS, Texas - With its second straight 6-1 victory, the eighth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team captured its first road win of the season at No. 71 SMU on Sunday at the Dallas Country Club.

"It was a great match," head coach Matt Knoll said. "I thought the guys played hard and competed well. It was a good step in the right direction."

Baylor (4-2) never trailed in the match between the two former Southwest Conference rivals on its way to a 15th consecutive victory over the Mustangs. SMU still leads the all-time series 28-18, but since 1997 the Bears have owned the series going 16-3 against the Mustangs.

For the first time since a loss at Florida in their first road match of the season, the Bears failed to win all three doubles matches. However, a loss at the No. 2 spot did not prevent Baylor from taking the point for the fourth straight match.

Baylor's No. 1 duo of Roberto Maytin and John Peers opened their match on fire and cruised to an 8-1 victory over Artem Baradach and Adham el-Effendi. The seventh-ranked BU tandem is now 4-1 in dual match play and 17-4 overall.

"Bobby and John got off to a good start and did a super job of closing their match out quickly," Knoll said. "That really helped us gain the momentum and that was important for us."

SMU would level the doubles point at one match apiece as Tobias Flood and Joseph Hattrup got the better of Dennis Lengsfeld and Jordan Rux, 8-6. The match was only the second for the freshman and senior together and it resulted in their first loss.

At No. 3 doubles, Julian Bley and Kike Grangeiro would protect their newly earned national ranking and clinch the doubles point for the Bears by defeating Gaston Cuadranti and Mischa Nowicki, 9-7. The 32nd-ranked BU duo is now 6-0 on the season and 9-2 overall.

"SMU has a long tradition of playing great doubles and they played really well at No. 2 and 3," Knoll said. "It was just a matter of we split those two matches and we were able to get the point."

In singles, Peers continued his hot play as he beat the 36th-ranked Baradach at the No. 1 position to give Baylor a 2-0 lead in the match. The Baylor senior, who is ranked No. 27, is now 6-0 in dual match play and holds a 17-5 record overall with a 5-5 mark against ranked opponents.

"It was a really good win for John," Knoll said. "He has really matured and he is understanding how to better use his offense. I think he has also matured in terms of maintaining his poise better. There was kind of a point where he could of got a little broken down and frustrated, but he did a great job of maintaining his poise and changing some things to win the match."

Rux, who again moved down one spot in the order for this match, captured his second straight victory by upending el-Effendi, 6-0, 6-4. The win catapulted BU to a commanding 3-0 advantage and evened the BU senior's dual match record at 3-3.

At the No. 3 spot, Baylor's third senior would claim the match as Sergio Ramirez downed Griffin 6-4, 7-6(5). The Cali, Columbia, native, is now 4-2 in dual match play and 2-1 at the three spot.

Since the Bears and Mustangs played indoors at the Dallas Country Club only four singles matches were able play at one time, which prevented Maytin and Grangeiro from starting their matches until Rux and Peers wrapped up their contests.

The break, however, did not slow down Maytin as he posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Nowicki at the No. 5 spot to push the Bears' lead to 5-0. Maytin has now won his last four matches and is 5-1 on the season.

SMU got its only point of the day at No. 2 singles as Costa earned a three-set win over Lengsfeld, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The loss was Lengsfeld's first at Baylor, after the freshman had started his career 2-0.

Grangeiro closed out the day for BU at the No. 6 position with a come from behind 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-3 win over Cuadranti. The Baylor junior ups his record to 4-1 in the dual match season.

The Bears will now return to the Baylor Tennis Center to open up a nine match homestand starting with a contest versus Mississippi State on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. Live scoring and a live blog of the match will be available on BaylorBears.com.

Match Notes: Baylor has not lost to SMU since Jan. 23, 2001. During the Matt Knoll era the Bears improve to 90-34 on the road and 23-66 against non-conference opponents. Since 1997, Baylor is 249-83 versus ranked foes.



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