Jordan Rux clinched the Bears Big 12 opener on Wednesday.
March 4, 2009
Waco, Texas -The 12th-ranked Baylor's men's tennis team cruised to a sweep of Wednesdy's doubleheader at the Baylor Tennis Center. First, the Bears disposed of No. 48 Oklahoma 6-1, and then they blanked Mary-Hardin Baylor, 7-0, to raise their record to 10-4 in spring matches.
The Oklahoma win was the first Big 12 match of the season for Baylor. The Bears have only lost two Big 12 openers in Matt Knoll's 13 years at Baylor (1997 and 1998 both to Colorado).
"It felt great," Knoll said. "We take it seriously. We want to win this conference, but we know it is a big deal. The guys know that they have to make sure their intensity level is up there and they are ready to compete."
Baylor is 8-0 in Waco, after beating today's two opponents and No. 67 Utah, 7-0, No. 58 Georgia Tech, 6-1, No. 62 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 7-0, No. 6 UCLA, 4-3, St. Edwards, 7-0 and No. 9 Mississippi 4-3.
Mary-Hardin Baylor Match-
The 7-0 win over the Crusaders raised the Bears record to 2-0 over non-Division I opponents this season (St. Edward's 7-0, Feb. 22)
"I wanted to get Dave (Galic) another match," Knoll said. "Now that Dave has played a couple times and played a little better, I think now he is ready to play. He is ready and that match was great to get him there. So I think when we come back from Spring Break, you are going to start seeing his name in singles."
Baylor now has a home win streak of 12 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: 8-0 on court No. 3, 8-1 on court No. 2, and 8-0 on court No. 1.
In singles play Baylor continued to roll through Mary-Hardin Baylor as the Crusaders only won seven games in all six matches. The final match on the court was at the No. 6 spot as senior walk-on John Arvesen playing in his first singles' match of his Baylor career defeated Casey Wharton 6-2, 6-2.
"I am happy for John (Arversen) that he got a chance to play," Knoll said. "He did a good job managing a little nerves tonight. I thought he played better and better as the match wore on."
Baylor is 4-2 against the Crusaders all-time.
#12 Baylor 7, Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
Mar 04, 2009 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
1. #8 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. Ramon Aguirre (UMHB-MEN) 6-1, 6-0
2. David Galic (BU) def. Garrett Pekar (UMHB-MEN) 6-0, 6-0
3. Julian Bley (BU) def. Daniel White (UMHB-MEN) 6-1, 6-0
4. Marc Bruche (BU) def. Joshua Pownall (UMHB-MEN) 6-0, 6-0
5. Maros Horny (BU) def. Alex Graham (UMHB-MEN) 6-0, 6-1
6. John Arvesen (BU) def. Casey Wharton (UMHB-MEN) 6-2, 6-2
1. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) def. Daniel White/Joshua Pownall (UMHB-MEN) 8-0
2. Attila Bucko/Marc Bruche (BU) def. Mitch Hallum/Lane Vaandrager (UMHB-MEN) 8-1
3. Julian Bley/Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Garrett Pekar/Dylan Schwarz (UMHB-MEN) 8-0
Mary Hardin-Baylor 0-2
Baylor 10-4; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,3,4,1,6)
The 6-1 victory was the 14th straight win for Baylor over the Sooners. A streak that started in 1998 with a 6-1 win in Norman. Matt Knoll teams have only lost once to Oklahoma: 1997, Knoll's first year on the job, a 4-3 loss in Waco to the then No. 43 Sooners.
"I was telling my wife at breakfast today, I remember when OU beat us my first year, 4-3 in the last match on," Knoll said. "So no matter how many times you beat them you remember that loss. So I guess that keeps you humble. You remember the loss and it kind of keeps you ready to make sure it doesn't happen again.
The loss drops the Sooners to 6-4 on the season and snaps a two-match win streak.
"They have a great team," Knoll said. "They got a team that is going to make the NCAA tournament. It is good to get that one under our belt."
The Bears took the doubles point, after the No. 1 doubles team of Jordan Rux and David Galic won 8-5 over Ionut Beleleu and Sergey Avdeyev. The Bears clinched the doubles point on court No. 3 as Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny defeated Blake Boswell and Andrew Oatman, 8-3. The Baylor duo won five straight points, when the match was tied 3-3, to claim the victory. In the final match on the court, Attila Bucko and Marc Bruche fell to Andrei Daescu and David Pultr, 8-5.
"I think we have to get better," Knoll said. "I was a little disappointed. Particularly at No. 2 doubles, I thought was just atrocious."
The doubles point win breaks a streak of two matches in which Baylor had lost the point. With both wins today the Bears are 7-0 when they win the doubles point, but just 3-4 when they fall in doubles.
In singles play Baylor kept their momentum rolling as Horny quickly dispatched Oatman, 6-1, 6-1 and Bucko defeated Boswell 6-4, 6-1. Rux clinched the match for the Bears on court No. 2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Pultr. The Bears would also win in straight sets at courts three and one. Julian Bley was reinserted into the Bears lineup after sitting out Sunday against Ohio State. Bley got back on track quickly as he took out Avdeyev 7-5, 7-6(7-1). No. 8 Lukacs took down Oklahoma's only ranked player No. 97 Daescu in a three set thriller, 6-3, 6-7, 1-0(10-7). On court No. 4 Mueller fell to Beleleu in a match tie breaker. With the match knotted at one set apiece, Mueller started the tie-break losing nine of the first 12 points, but he would battle back to take the next six. However from there Beleleu closed him out, 12-10 to take the match.
"Maros was great getting off quickly in singles. That gives us a lot of momentum," Knoll said. "I thought it was important for Denes (Lukacs) to win that last match, just to get him some momentum moving forward."
The Bears are 15-14 all-time versus Oklahoma,
Baylor's next match will be on Friday, March 13 when No. 2 Virginia comes to Waco for a 6 p.m. contest.
#12 Baylor 6, #48 Oklahoma 1
Mar 04, 2009 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
1. #8 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #97 Andrei Daescu (OU) 6-3, 6-7 (0-7), 1-0 (10-7)
2. #30 Jordan Rux (BU) def. David Pultr (OU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Julian Bley (BU) def. Sergey Avdeyev (OU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
4. Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. Dominik Mueller (BU) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10)
5. #90 Attila Bucko (BU) def. Blake Boswell (OU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Andrew Oatman (OU) 6-1, 6-1
1. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) def. Ionut Beleleu/Sergey Avdeyev (OU) 8-5
2. Andrei Daescu/David Pultr (OU) def. Attila Bucko/Marc Bruche (BU) 8-5
3. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Blake Boswell/Andrew Oatman (OU) 8-3
Oklahoma 6-4; National ranking #48
Baylor 9-4; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,2,4,3,1)