Feb. 23, 2014
WACO, Texas - The seventh-ranked Baylor men's tennis team improved to 8-2 on the season with a 4-0 shutout of No. 26 Mississippi (2-3) on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
BU's pairing of Michel Dornbusch and Vince Schneider got the Bears off to a strong start, claiming the first doubles victory on court three, 8-5. The Rebels fought back to earn a win on court two, 8-6, to force the point to be decided on court one. Trailing 6-2, Baylor's duo of Patrick Pradella and Mate Zsiga came back to force a tie break, before winning 8-7(3) to give the Bears a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
In singles action, No. 18 Diego Galeano was the first Baylor player to finish, posting a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Stefan Lindmark on court three to put the Bears up 2-0. Schneider then put BU a point away from clinching the match with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 win on court six over Vinod Gowda.
Junior Tony Lupieri clinched the match point for the Bears on court four with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 win over Johan Backstrom to give Baylor its fifth shutout victory of the season. Lupieri trailed 5-2 in the third set, before taking the set with five straight game wins.
- The Bears played their first outdoor match since Jan. 26, after playing the last seven indoors.
- Baylor improved its home record this season to 7-0.
- Baylor is now 2-3 all-time vs. Mississippi and 2-2 in the Matt Knoll era.
- Tony Lupieri is now 7-0 in dual-match play.
- Sixth-ranked Julian Lenz missed his third-straight match due to injury.
STAT OF THE MATCH
1 hour and 17 minutes - the length of doubles match No. 1 as Baylor came back from a 6-2 deficit to win 8-7(3).
TOP QUOTE #1
"We got a win, that is what we wanted. We are pleased to win. They are a great program and you see that they fight hard for every single point on every single court. They are not an easy team to beat." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match
TOP QUOTE #2
"It was a really tough match. They took us to five three setters. You see their ranking and that is misleading. Their number five guy was out for the first part of the season and they really didn't have a lot of depth down there. That makes them a different team. They will be in the hunt for the SEC title." - head coach Matt Knoll on Mississippi
TOP QUOTE #3
"I just fought hard on every single point and just tried to focus as much as possible and do my thing." -Tony Lupieri on coming back in the third set to win the match for Baylor
TWEET OF THE MATCH
The Bears will begin a five-match road trip on Saturday, March 1, when they travel to Charlottesville, Va. to face third-ranked Virginia. The Bears then travel to face No. 2 USC and No. 4 UCLA in Los Angeles Calif. Beginning on March 15, Baylor will compete in the Oracle Collegiate Challenge in Indian Wells Calif., before returning home on March 21, to host No. 32 Tulsa. Stay up to date with the team by following @BaylorMTennis on Twitter.