March 21, 2014
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WACO, Texas – The fifth-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team recorded a 4-0 shutout over No. 35 Tulsa on Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor’s No. 3 doubles team of Vince Schneider and Michel Dornbusch opened the match with an 8-1 win over Matthew Kirby and Daniel Santos. The pair was playing together for the first time since Feb. 23, but improved to 3-0 on the season.
Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella clinched the doubles point for the Bears by taking an 8-5 win over Alejandro Espejo and Japie De Klerk at the No. 2 spot.
In singles action, BU used a 6-2, 6-1 win by the 97th-ranked Tony Lupieri and 6-3, 6-2 win by No. 104 Dornbusch to push its lead to 3-0.
By that point, the Bears had claimed the first set in the remaining four matches and it was not long until the eighth-ranked Lenz polished off No. 63 De Klerk, 6-3, 6-2 at the top of the lineup to complete the shutout.
Matches on courts two, three and six were abandoned at that point.
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- Baylor improved to 12-4 overall, 9-4 vs. ranked opponents and 8-0 at home.
- BU now leads the all-time series with Tulsa, 6-2.
- Tony Lupieri has won five straight decisions in singles play.
- Julian Lenz is 9-1 in his last 10 singles decisions and has won four straight.
- Lenz has 11 wins over ranked foes this season.
- Vince Schneider played his first singles match since Feb. 23.
STAT OF THE DAY
8-0 – Baylor’s record in home matches in 2014.
TOP QUOTE #1
“I was very pleased. It was great to be back home. I thought we continued to show improvement. Across the board our focus level was high. We executed better. There were a lot of things to feel good about.” - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match
TOP QUOTE #2
“Vince deserved a chance to play. He has done a great job and has worked hard. He is in the mix.” - Knoll on changes to singles lineup
TOP QUOTE #3
“That’s a good team. They haven’t played very many times together, but they have really played well. They have a good vibe out there. They play with a lot of relaxed intensity.” - Knoll on No. 3 doubles team
Baylor will be back in action on Saturday with a pair of matches. First the Bears take on SMU at 1 p.m. BU will then host Laredo College at 6 p.m. Live scoring and a live video stream of the matches will be available on BaylorBears.com. A live blog will provide coverage during the SMU match.