WACO, Texas - In a battle that came down to the final two singles matches, 24th-ranked Baylor men's tennis captured a 4-2 upset win over No. 11 Columbia Monday afternoon at the Hurd Tennis Center.
BU improves to 10-0 at home this season and stretches its current winning streak to six consecutive matches dating back to Feb. 18.
In doubles play, Sven Lah and Roy Smith found the first victory of the day with a 6-2 win over Adam Ambrozy and Michal Rolski at the No. 3 spot. Then, Akos Kotorman and Constantin Frantzen clinched the doubles point when they defeated No. 23 Jack Lin and William Matheson on court two, 6-3.
In singles play, No. 42 Johannes Schretter defeated Jack Lin 6-4, 6-0 on court three to put the Bears up 2-0. Shortly after that, freshman Roy Smith prevailed against Austen Huang at the No. 5 spot for the 3-0 match lead, 6-2, 7-5.
Columbia gained some momentum as the Bears dropped two singles matches with Sven Lah falling to Adam Ambrozy on court four, 6-4, 6-4, and Matias Soto dropping a 7-6(8), 6-1 decision to Jackie Tang at the No. 2 spot.
With Will Little leading his match, 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-0 on court six, No. 66 Bjoern Petersen sealed the match by handing No. 9 Victor Pham his first dual-match loss at the top of the lineup, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4.
• Bjoern Petersen earned his highest ranked victory with a three-set win over No. 9 Victor Pham.
• Baylor is 10-0 at home in 2018 and is on a 12-match home winning streak dating back to last season.
• Baylor improves to 2-1 all-time against Columbia.
• BU improves to 12-3 in the doubles point this season and 11-1 when winning the opening point.
• Akos Kotorman and Constantin Frantzen captured a ranked win over No. 23 Jack Lin and Will Matheson at the No. 2 spot.
• Baylor is now on a six-match winning streak dating back to Feb. 18.
• Baylor is 3-2 against ranked opponents this season.
STAT OF THE MATCH
2 - the amount of ranked opponents Baylor defeated Monday (one singles, one doubles team).
"We're getting better. I think that's what's so gratifying, because they beat us pretty good about a month ago. To see that we're getting better against a top team is really gratifying. I thought we did a good job at doubles. We were playing a different doubles lineup than we did last time we played them. I think that made a difference, so that was important. In singles I thought we got off to a good start. There were a lot of positives out there. There were some guys who didn't stay the course over the course of the match as well as we've talked about doing. It's emotional. You're fighting hard and things don't go your way, sometimes it's hard to bounce back and play as hard as you'd like in the second (set), and we've got to continue to work on that and go through that process." -head coach Matt Knoll
The Bears head to the West Coast to take part in the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge, running March 16-18 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
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