ORLANDO, Fla. – Despite dropping the doubles point to start the match, No. 32 Baylor men’s tennis (11-3) clawed out four singles victories for the 4-3 road win over UCF (4-4) Monday evening at the USTA National Campus.
The Bears improve to 1-2 when dropping the doubles point and are now 2-1 in true road matches this season.
In doubles play, the fifth-ranked tandem of Johannes Schretter and Will Little let an early lead slip away as they couldn’t get past 23rd-ranked Korey Lovett and Eero Vasa at the top of the lineup for the 6-3 loss.
Constantin Frantzen and Akos Kotorman teamed up for the 6-4 victory on court two over Mikhail Sokolovskiy and Alan Rubio to knot up doubles action. On court three, freshmen Sven Lah and Roy Smith dropped a 7-5 match to Gabriel Decamps and Danny Kerznerman to give UCF the early 1-0 advantage.
In singles action, Sven Lah suffered his second loss of the dual-match season with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat to Mikhail Sokolovskiy on court four for the 2-0 UCF lead. BU got on the board with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph from Roy Smith over Danny Kerznerman at the No. 5 spot.
UCF would be on the brink of victory after No. 74 Bjoern Petersen fell 6-3, 7-5 to Korey Lovett at the top of the lineup. With BU trailing 3-1, the Bears mounted the comeback with No. 39 Johannes Schretter’s 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 80 Alan Rubio at the No. 3 spot.
Then, Matias Soto tied up the match as he fought back for the 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-0 victory over Gabriel Decamps on court two. With the match on the line, Constantin Frantzen clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-7(9), 6-3 win over Eero Vasa on court six.
• Constantin Frantzen clinched the match for the third consecutive match and moved to 8-0 in dual-match singles play.
• Freshmen Roy Smith and Matias Soto improved their dual-match singles records to 9-1 and 8-1, respectively.
• Baylor moves to 11-3 in the doubles point this season and 1-2 when dropping the opening point.
• 39th-ranked Johannes Schretter recorded his third win over a ranked opponent Monday night.
• Baylor improves to 2-1 on the road this season and is on a five-match winning streak.
• Baylor improves to 2-0 all-time against UCF.
STAT OF THE MATCH
4 – the amount of singles matches Baylor won to secure the victory.
The Bears take a break from competition the rest of the week before hosting No. 5 Columbia next Monday, March 12 at 3 p.m. CT at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.
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