Feb. 27, 2017
WACO, Texas -- The 11th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team recorded its third consecutive win with a 4-2 victory over No. 48 UCF Monday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The Bears got off to a slow start as they failed to pick up the doubles point for just the third time in 13 matches in 2017.
First, Mariano Porter and Harrison Richmond downed BU's Max Tchoutakian and Johannes Schretter, 6-2, at the No. 1 spot. Then at the No. 3 spot, UCF's Chirs Barrus and Enrique Paya clinched the doubles point for the Knights with a closely-contested victory against Jimmy Bendeck and Will Little, 6-4. Juan Benitez and Constantin Frantzen were up 6-5, but did not finish because UCF had sealed up the opening point.
Baylor found its stride early in singles play, winning five of six first sets. The Bears turned one of those first set wins into a quick straight-set victory as Little polished off Kalman Boyd, 6-4, 6-0, at the No. 5 position to put BU on the board.
However, the Knights retook the lead, 2-1, as Frantzen dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision at the bottom of the lineup to Danny Kerznerman.
Next, Baylor picked up a pair of wins in quick succession as the 50th-ranked Schretter downed Paya, 6-3, 6-4, and Bendeck beat Barrus 6-3, 7-5, on courts three and four, respectively.
With the Bears now leading the contest, 3-2, both Benitez and Tchoutakian were locked in three-set battles at the top two spots in the lineup.
The 13th-ranked Benitez recorded the lone win over a ranked opponent on the night with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 defeat of No. 93 Korey Lovett to claim the win for BU.
TOP QUOTE #1
"It was not a great start for us. Before the season we knew we were going to have to win matches without the doubles, but they jumped on us. We didn't do a very good job honestly. It is hard to watch us come out and be so flat. I am not really sure why, but it is something we have got to fix. We have to be better." - head coach Matt Knoll on the doubles point
TOP QUOTE #2
"To our credit we came out in singles and got rolling. I thought we competed really well. Most of our guys were locked in and battled hard. They looked like Baylor Bears out there playing. To bounce back when your back is against the wall is a good sign." - Knoll on singles and the win
Baylor is now 11-2 on the season, while UCF is 6-4. Baylor won for the first time in 2017 after losing the doubles. The Bears had previously been 0-2. Monday's match was the first series meeting between the two programs. Schretter is now 9-0 in singles dual-match play.
The Bears will now have some time off before returning to action when they travel to the University of South Florida in Bradenton, Fla., March 6. The match is slated to begin at 5 p.m. CT.
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