March 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The 12th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team (9-4) posted a 4-2 upset victory over third-ranked UCLA (11-2) Wednesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Michel Dornbusch and Julian Lenz were the first doubles pairing to secure a victory for the Bears on court two with an 8-7(9) victory over Joseph Di Giulio and Clay Thompson. UCLA struck back with an 8-7(4) victory on court one to force the doubles point to be decided on court three where Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri outlasted Gage Brymer and Mackenzie McDonald, 8-7(2), to give the Bears a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.
No. 11 Karue Sell evened the match with a win over No. 104 Dornbusch on court five, 6-3, 6-4, before No. 31 Galeano got past the 36th-ranked McDonald 6-3, 6-4 to put the Bears ahead 2-1.
Lupieri put the Bears a point away from clinching the match with a 7-6(3), 6-2 victory on court six over Di Giulio. UCLA answered back with a 6-2, 7-5 win by No. 76 Brymer over Mate Zsiga.
BU clinched the match on court two with a 7-6(5), 6-4 upset win by No. 8 Julian Lenz over top-ranked Clay Thompson to give Baylor its first road win of the season.
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- Baylor recorded its first road win of the season and ends a two game losing streak.
- Baylor recorded its second doubles point victory in the last two matches.
- The match was the third consecutive match against a top-ten opponent
- Baylor now leads the all-time series with UCLA, 8-5.
- Baylor defeated its highest ranked opponent since knocking off No. 1 Tennessee, 4-3, on March 15, 2011.
- Julian Lenz had the best win of his career. The previous highest ranked opponent that the sophomore had defeated was No. 4 Mitchell Frank of Virginia on March 1, 2013.
- Lenz became the first Baylor player to be the country's No. 1 ranked singles player since Jordan Rux downed Oklahoma State's Oleksandr Nedovyesov on Sept. 26, 2009.
STAT OF THE DAY
No. 8 Julian Lenz recorded his second win of the season over an opponent ranked in the top five and is now 2-1 against opponents ranked in the top-10.
TOP QUOTE #1
"This win was a real credit to our guys. We have had some real disappointing results so far this season, but the guys have kept believing and kept working and have really stuck together." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the upset win
TOP QUOTE #2
"The thing about Larry Ellison is that when he does something he does it first class. Oracle is obviously one of the great companies in the world and what he has done there has really elevated that tournament into something special and we are very proud to be a part of the event and to play on the grounds. We think it is going to be a blast." - Knoll on competing in the Oracle Collegiate Challenge beginning Saturday
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday when the team will compete in the Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge. Baylor will face No. 20 California on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. Following Saturday's match, the Bears will face No. 6 Illinois on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT.