March 15, 2014
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The 12th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team (10-4) recorded a 4-1 victory over No. 20 California (8-3) Saturday in the opening match of the Oracle Collegiate Challenge at the BNP Paribas Open.
Baylor got off to a sluggish start dropping the doubles point with losses on courts two and three. Fillip Bergevi and Mads Engsted were the first pairing off court with an 8-2 victory over Julian Lenz and Michel Dornbusch on court three, followed by an 8-4 Andre Goransson and Ben McLachlan victory on court two against Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri.
In singles action, Galeano quickly evened the match at one all with a 6-3, 6-1 victory on court three over No 117 Fillip Bergevi, before the 97th-ranked Lupieri got past Mads Engsted, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, to give Baylor a one point advantage.
Eighth-ranked Lenz secured BU’s third point defeating No. 84 Ben McLachlan 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on court one to move the score to 3-1. Mate Zsiga clinched the match for Baylor with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Gregory Bayane on court five.
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- Julian Lenz now has a 9-4 record against ranked opponents and is tied with Tony Lupieri to lead the team with a 10-1 overall record in dual-match play
- Baylor is now 2-2 when playing in neutral site matches this season.
- Baylor is now 7-4 on the season when playing ranked opponents.
- Baylor leads in the all-time series against the Golden Bears 4-2
STAT OF THE DAY
Diego Galeano outscored his opponent 12-4 in singles play and improved his win streak to two matches.
TOP QUOTE #1
“I think we are growing as a team. We lost the doubles so badly that it was incredible. That was a little sobering for us. We then came out in singles and didn’t play with the energy level that we needed to. We didn’t respond initially the way I would have hoped. Then when the match felt like it was getting away from us I thought the guys really responded. We really won the last hour of the match and closed well which was something we weren’t able to do against USC. We need to put a whole match together and we have done that some, but I think we are still a team searching for that consistency that we need, but I am really proud of our guys. That was a tough opponent and we found a way to win when we got behind.” - Head coach Matt Knoll on the win.
TOP QUOTE #2
“I am proud of Mate. He has stayed the course and continued to work and continued to fight. That is not easy. He has not had the start to the season that he had hoped for, but we know that he is a great player and has a huge heart. He is the hardest working guy on planet earth and he will be there for us down the stretch. ” - Knoll on Mate Zsiga
TOP QUOTE #3
“You can’t say enough about being able to play at this site. This is in my opinion the fifth biggest tournament in the world. It is special to be here. The guys know some of the players in the pro tournament and I know some of the guys that are around and it is a lot of fun to be in this environment. Obviously this setting is world-class. It is not often that you hit tennis balls with this backdrop. The other thing is that the organization here is truly professional. I know they guys really appreciate it.” - Knoll on playing in part of the BNP Paribas Open.
TOP QUOTE #4
“This has been a really challenging road trip for us. We have been playing really hard and really good teams so in all of our matches we have to give our best to get the most out of it. In our first match against USC we came in with a lot of assumptions and really learned a lot and you could see that in our match against UCLA. Today we tried to keep up the same energy level and do the same stuff we were doing against UCLA. Although we had a really bad start we were still able to get our energy level up and were able to close it out and get a win today” - Mate Zsiga on picking up another win on the road.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
Lupieri gives BU a 2-1 lead in match with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win on court six. pic.twitter.com/ULPoJnwU1e— BaylorMTennis (@BaylorMTennis) March 15, 2014
The Bears will be back in action on Sunday when they face sixth-ranked Illinois at 11 a.m. CT. Following Sunday's match, the Bears will return to Waco to face No. 31 Tulsa on Friday.