March 16, 2014
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The 12th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team (11-4) recorded a 4-0 victory over No. 6 Illinois (11-3) Sunday in the Oracle Collegiate Challenge at the BNP Paribas Open.
The teams started the match with singles play, instead of the traditional three doubles matches.
Baylor’s 97th-ranked Tony Lupieri got off to a quick start winning the first five games against Alex Jesse, before closing out the match 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 5 spot.
The 104th-ranked Michel Dornbusch was the next Baylor competitor to secure a win on court four. After falling behind in the first set 5-4, Dornbusch fought back to win the final nine games of the match to card a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Ross Guignon.
The 15th-ranked Patrick Pradella put Baylor up 3-0 with his 6-4, 6-3 win on court two over 42nd-ranked Tim Kopinski, before No. 8 Julian Lenz clinched the match point for the Bears on court one with a 6-1, 7-6(5) victory over No. 17 Farris Gosea.
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- Baylor improved to 11-4 on the season with Sunday’s win.
- The Bears are now 8-4 against ranked opponents, including a 3-3 mark against teams in the top-10
- Baylor concluded its road trip to California with a 3-1 record (2-1 against teams in the top-10)
- Lenz and Lupieri are tied for a team best 11-1 record in dual match play
- Lupieri extended his win streak to four matches with his win today
STAT OF THE DAY
Michel Dornbusch ended his match winning nine consecutive games including a 6-0 second set victory.
TOP QUOTE #1
“It was a super trip for us. We had some goals we wanted to accomplish on this trip and we were able to do that. I think we are a much better team than we were when we got on the airplane. It was just a super nine days for us.” - head coach Matt Knoll on the team’s road trip
TOP QUOTE #2
“I thought Illinois played extremely tough. The thing that you see from their guys is that they are very well coached and very well prepared. They play incredibly disciplined tennis. That makes it hard for us. I thought that their team across the board was really disciplined.” - Knoll on the win over Illinois
TOP QUOTE #3
“It has been a long trip. Personally I am ready to be back. It has been an amazing trip, particularly this last weekend. We are excited about the rest of this day, but to play at home will be a nice change.” - Knoll on returning home to face Tulsa.
TOP QUOTE #4
“I don’t think many of our guys have seen Djokovic or Federer live and I tell you it is a treat. They are incredibly dynamic and fantastic. I think the guys will learn something from seeing them play. I know I do when I see them. We are extremely excited about it. We have two of the great champions in tennis playing and it will be a real treat for the guys.” - Knoll on the team being able to watch the BNP Paribas finals matchup of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The Bears will be back in action on Friday as they host No. 31 Tulsa at the Hurd Tennis Center.