Feb. 22, 2009
Waco, Texas -
The 12th-ranked Baylor's men's tennis team served its way to a sweep of Sunday's doubleheader at the Baylor Tennis Center. First, the Bears outlasted No. 6 UCLA 4-3, and then they blanked St. Edward's 7-0, the 24th-ranked team in Division II, to raise their record to 7-3 in spring matches.
The UCLA win was Baylor head coach Matt Knoll's 300th career victory during his 14-year coaching career.
"That is a neat thing," Knoll said. "I think it is a credit to all of the great players we have had here. I certainly don't embark on any year trying to accumulate a bunch of wins, because I think it is really about each season trying to maximize potential and trying to pursue championships."
St. Edward's Match-
The 7-0 win over the Hilltoppers raised the Bears home record to 5-0 on the season, but was the first to come against a non-Division I school. Baylor's four other home victories have come over ranked opponents: No. 67 Utah, 7-0, No. 58 Georgia Tech, 6-1, No. 62 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 7-0, and No. 6 UCLA, 4-3.
"It's nice that we were able to win 7-0 and kind of leave with a good feeling," Knoll said. "St. Edward's has a good team, anybody that watched saw that. They were a physical group, they hit a lot of big balls, and they competed hard. I am not surprised that they are a ranked team in division II. It helped us; their guys came out and competed hard."
Baylor now has a home win streak of nine matches, dating back to a loss on April 16, 2008 to No. 7 Texas, 4-3.
The Bears got out to a fast start capturing all of the doubles matches: 8-3 on court No. 3, 8-3 on court No. 1, and 8-1 on court No. 2.
In singles play Baylor continued to roll through St. Edward's as Attila Bucko defeated Boris Barrios 6-1, 6-2. From there Baylor would take the next four matches, all in straight sets. The final match on the court was at the No. 3 spot as senior David Galic playing in his first singles' match of the spring season defeated Justin Raiti 6-7(3), 6-2, 1-0 (10-3).
"It worked out great for Dave (David Galic)," Knoll said. "He was a little off in the first set. He has been practicing well, but you need match play. This match was great for him. I think he got better and better as the match wore on and he his going to be a guy we need at some stage."
#12 Baylor 7, St. Edward's 0
Feb 22, 2009 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
1. #38 Jordan Rux (BU) def. Brett Powers (SEUM) 6-3, 6-1
2. #121 Julian Bley (BU) def. Bernard Lancaster (SEUM) 6-2, 6-3
3. David Galic (BU) def. Justin Raiti (SEUM) 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-3)
4. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Mick Walter (SEUM) 6-2, 7-5
5. Attila Bucko (BU) def. Boris Barrios (SEUM) 6-1, 6-2
6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Andrew Wilson (SEUM) 6-1, 6-0
1. Marc Bruche/Attila Bucko (BU) def. Brett Powers/Mick Walter (SEUM) 8-3
2. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Boris Barrios/Bernard Lancaster (SEUM) 8-1
3. Dominik Mueller/Julian Bley (BU) def. Justin Raiti/Andrew Wilson (SEUM) 8-3
St. Edward's 3-2
Baylor 7-3; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,6,4,2,3)
The 4-3 victory against the Bruins for Baylor was over its highest-ranked opponent since the Bears defeated No. 6 Texas 4-2 at the Big 12 Tournament last year in College Station on April 27.
"It is a great win for this team, our first top-10 win this season," Knoll said. "UCLA is a program we have a ton of respect for, it has been a great rivalry. I have a ton of respect for their players. It is a big step for us to get a signature win."
The loss is the third straight for UCLA, dropping their spring record to 6-3.
The Bears battled back to take the doubles point, after the No. 1 doubles team of Jordan Rux and Galic fell 8-5 to Haythem Abid and Amit Inbar. On court No. 2 Attila Bucko and Marc Bruche jumped out to a 5-1 lead before closing out Eugen Brazdil and Matt Brooklyn 8-5 to knot the match at one point apiece. When match two wrapped Baylor's No. 3 doubles team of Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny was leading Michael Look and Nick Meister 7-2, but the Bruin pair battle back to win two straight games, before the Bears shut the door, 8-4 to win the point.
"We spent more time working on doubles last week, than we ever had in any week in practice that I can certainly recall," Knoll said.
The doubles point win breaks a streak of three matches in which Baylor had lost the point. The Bears are 5-0 when they win the doubles point, but just 2-3 when they fall in doubles.
The Bears went with two new pairings in doubles as Galic returned to the court for the first time since Jan. 25 against Florida. Knoll partnered his returning veteran senior with the struggling Rux and while the duo lost their match they were leading 4-1 before losing five straight games.
"Getting Dave (David Galic) healthy was a big part of it," Knoll said. "We are gaining confidence in doubles and having another experienced guy like Dave out there is going to make a big difference."
With Galic's return Knoll also moved 10th-ranked Denes Lukacs down to No. 3 doubles to play with freshman Maros Horny. The move was successful as the pairing clinched the doubles point for the Bears. At No. 2 doubles freshman Marc Bruche and junior Attila Bucko partnered together for the second straight match and won their first match together as a pair.
"We had to shuffle our combinations with him (David Galic) coming back, but I think we got three teams that feel comfortable with each other," Knoll said. "Hopefully we can kind of build on what happened today and continue to be good in the doubles because we are going to need to be."
In singles play the Bruins jumped right back into the match with No. 93 Michael Look defeating 121st-ranked Julian Bley 6-0, 6-4. It was Bley's fourth straight loss, which moved his overall record to 4-5. No. 10 Lukacs continued to perform well earning his fifth straight victory over 74th-ranked Haythem Abid 7-5, 6-3. Attila Bucko then put the Bears up 3-1, as he knocked off Amit Inbar 6-4, 7-6(3) to improve his spring record to 5-3. The Bruins however, would battle back winning two straight points as Ahmed Ismail downed Horny 6-4, 6-4 and Nick Meister took out Dominik Mueller 7-6(5), 6-4. The loss for Horny breaks a five match win streak and for Mueller a two match win streak. With the match now knotted at three points each No. 38 Rux dug himself out of an early one set hole to take down No. 52 Matt Brooklyn in three sets 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. The win snapped Rux's three game losing skid.
"Just like the doubles were we struggled and did not have many good things happen in Chicago, Jordan (Rux) had a rough tournament," Knoll said. "It was great to see him (Rux) get going again. I was very pleased that he was able to race to the finish line like he was today and really be in control of the last two sets."
The Bears next match will be on Friday, Feb. 27 when No. 9 Mississippi comes to Waco for a 3 p.m. contest.
#12 Baylor 4, #6 UCLA 3
Feb 22, 2009 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
1. #10 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #74 Haythem Abid (UCLA) 7-5, 6-3
2. #38 Jordan Rux (BU) def. #52 Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. #93 Michael Look (UCLA) def. #121 Julian Bley (BU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Nick Meister (UCLA) def. Dominik Mueller (BU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
5. Attila Bucko (BU) def. Amit Inbar (UCLA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Ahmed Ismail (UCLA) def. Maros Horny (BU) 6-4, 6-4
1. Haythem Abid/Amit Inbar (UCLA) def. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) 8-5
2. Attila Bucko/Marc Bruche (BU) def. Eugen Brazdil/Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) 8-5
3. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Michael Look/Nick Meister (UCLA) 8-4
UCLA 6-3; National ranking #6
Baylor 6-3; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,5,6,4,2)