March 10, 2011
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WACO, Texas - In the season's first doubleheader, the 28th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team captured two 7-0 victories as the Bears shutout Lamar and then UT Pan American on Thursday at the Baylor Tennis Center.
"I thought the matches today were super," head coach Matt Knoll said. "We got a lot of time on the court. Everybody got to hit a lot of balls and it was a great day to play. I thought it was just great for us right now."
The two wins boosted Baylor's record to 8-2 and extended its overall win streak to six matches. At the Baylor Tennis Center, the Bears improved to 6-1 on the season. The victories also raised the Bears' mark under Knoll to 38-1 on days when they play multiple matches.
In both matches on Thursday, Baylor won the doubles point to push its streak of doubles point wins to eight matches. The only match Baylor lost all day was during the Lamar match at No. 3 doubles. In the combined 12 singles contests for both matches Baylor only dropped one set.
Match 1 vs. Lamar
Using an altered doubles lineup against Lamar, the Bears jumped out to the early lead as Roberto Maytin and Julian Bley raced past Dusan Savkovic and Denis Ermilov 8-2, before Jordan Rux and Dennis Lengsfeld downed Marton Horvath and Robert Lee, 8-3. It was the first time this season that Maytin and Bley had played together and only the third time for Rux and Lengsfeld, who now own a 2-1 record.
With the doubles point clinched first-time doubles partners Robert Verzaal and Chris Gordon fell to Diego Snyder and Carlos Valdenebro 8-7 losing in a tiebreaker, 7-2.
Baylor also used a new lineup for singles play, but John Peers and Sergio Ramirez remained at the top of the lineup as they had for the past two matches. The 22nd-ranked Peers was the first off the court as he defeated Ermilov 6-0, 6-0. Ramirez followed with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Lee to push his dual match record to 6-3.
"It was a very solid match from John," Knoll said. "I thought it was so clean. It was a lot of good, disciplined choices and he really did play very well. I thought Sergio played a very good match as well. His opponent was a very good ball-striker and I thought Ram did a good job."
The 91st-ranked Kike Grangeiro claimed the match for BU with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Savkovic at the No. 5 position.
With the match in hand Bley beat Horvath at No. 4, 7-5, 6-2, Verzaal got his first dual-match victory as a Bear by taking out Snyder 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot and Lengsfeld downed Valdenebro 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 3 position.
"I thought Woody (Verzaal) showed some great resiliency in battling back from a tough first set," Knoll said. "He kind of got on top of the guy then and ran away with it, which I thought was a great sign from him. It really showed some great competitiveness."
The loss dropped the Lamar Cardinals to 5-6 on the year. For Baylor it was the program's seventh straight win over Lamar and the win upped Baylor's series advantage over the Cardinals to 8-4.
Match 2 vs. UT Pan American
Against the Broncs, the Bears played a more conventional doubles lineup as the undefeated Bley and Grangeiro returned to their No. 3 spot and made quick work of Ricardo Hopker and Sebastien Job, 8-3. The Baylor duo is now 9-0 on the year.
The 10th-ranked tandem of Maytin and Peers also returned to the top of the lineup for Baylor to post an 8-2 victory against Ashwin Vijayragavan and Beau Bernstein. Maytin and Peers are now 7-1 in dual-match play. To close out doubles Rux and Ramirez got an 8-4 win over Marcus Dornauf and Matt Teivens. It was the seventh time Baylor has swept all three doubles matches this season.
In singles play, the 81st-ranked Maytin got his first individual action of the day and rapidly dispatched of Teivens, 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 4 position. With the win the sophomore has now won six straight matches and is 7-1 in spring team play. Bley then got his second singles win of the day by getting the better of Hopker 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 5 spot. The BU junior now owns a 4-3 dual-match record.
For the second match in a row the 91st-ranked Grangeiro recorded the clinching point as he defeated Job 6-2, 6-0 at the sixth spot. The Baylor junior is now 8-1 in dual match play and has won five straight contests.
"I thought Kike played maybe his most tactical match of the year," Knoll said.
To claim the shutout Lengsfeld improved to 5-2 with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Bernstein at the No. 2 spot, Peers (10-0) remained perfect on the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Vijayragavan at the No. 1 spot and Rux won his second straight match by downing Dornauf 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 3 position.
"Jordan is a huge key for us," Knoll said. "We need our seniors to be good. We are excited that he is kind of finding his way now. We think he is going to be a huge part of what is coming up for us."
The Broncs fell to 1-6 on the season with the loss, while the Bears upped their series lead to 12-10 over UT Pan American. During the Knoll era all four wins against UT Pan American have been 7-0 shutouts.
Baylor will now host No. 1 ranked Virginia on Saturday at the Baylor Tennis Center. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m.
MATCH NOTES: Baylor is now 136-8 all-time at the Baylor Tennis Center. In non-conference play the Bears improved to 258-66 under Matt Knoll. The last time Baylor lost a match on a day it played multiple matches was March 7, 1998. On their current nine-match homestand the Bears are now 4-0.