March 22, 2009
Waco, TX- The 7th-ranked Baylor's men's tennis team rebounded from a loss yesterday to No. 10 USC to sweep Sunday's doubleheader at the Baylor Tennis Center. First, the Bears took down UT-Dallas, 6-1 and then they blanked UT-Arlington 7-0, to raise their record to 13-5 in spring matches.
"It was a great day, two good matches," Baylor head coach Matt Knoll said. "(It was) good to get back out there after a tough loss."
The Bears moved their record to 6-0 in doubleheader matches this season after sweeping No. 6 UCLA and St. Edward's on Feb. 22 and taking out No. 48 Oklahoma and Mary Hardin-Baylor on March 4.
"It was a long day. I think we are a little bit worn down," Knoll said. "I think tomorrow we are going to have the shortest practice in the history of the program and try and get ready to come out and battle a really tough Stanford team on Tuesday night."
The 7-0 win over the Mavericks raised the Bears home record to 11-1 on the season. It was the fourth time this season Baylor has blanked an opponent.
"It shows everybody concentrated and took care of business and focused well," Knoll said. "I think there were some guys that played really, really well and I think there was some guys frankly that didn't play particularly well, but managed their match the way they needed to and competed well enough."
In doubles play the Bears got out to a fast start with the No. 2 team of Attila Bucko and Marc Bruche quickly beating Gonzalo Bienzobas and Brieuc Hamon, 8-1. Today's two wins moved the duo to 5-5 on the season. From there Baylor had to scratch and claw to win the point. Finally in No. 3 doubles Dominik Mueller and Julian Bley took care of Jason Lateko and David Subirats, 9-8, winning the tiebreak 8-6. Baylor's No.1 pair of Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny would end up falling to Dmitry Minkin and Mindaugas Celedinas, 9-8, losing 7-4 in the tiebreak.
"The big thing is you are not going to play great everyday, but I think we are doing the right things," Knoll said. "We are playing with the right energy. We are trying to make the right plays. We have improved a ton."
In singles play Baylor continued to roll through UTA as Bley defeated Subirats 6-0, 6-0. From there Baylor would take the final five matches, all in straight sets. Lukacs beat Mindaugas Celedinas 6-3, 6-2 to earn the 100th singles' win of his career. Knoll was impressed by the junior's accomplishment.
"It is special," Knoll said. "It is certainly a reflection of his general excellence, his being healthy, and his working hard. I am really happy he got that behind him. Now it will be fun to see if he can go after some of the guys at the top of the list."
Lukacs joins six other Bears, who have reached the 100-career win milestone.
UTA falls to 7-6 on the season. The Bears move their record to 8-5 all-time against the Mavericks.
The 6-1 victory against the Comets was the third win for Baylor against a non-division I opponent this season.
"I thought it was a comprehensive effort from everybody," Knoll said. "We were more consistent with our energy and effort up and down the line-up."
The loss drops the Comets to 2-7 in spring matches. The Bears are now 3-1 all-time versus UT-Dallas.
The Bears rolled through the doubles' point winning 8-0 at No. 1, 8-1 at No. 3, and then 8-4 at No. 2.
In singles, Baylor continued its strong play, with Horny winning 6-0, 6-0 over Dylan Patrick at No. 5. Baylor would follow that up with straight set wins at No. 3, 2, 4, and 1. The Bears only loss came in the sixth singles slot as senior John Arvesen fell in only his second singles match of the year.
Next week Baylor will host No. 2 Stanford in the HP CUP match on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Then the Bears will face No. 54 Virginia Commonwealth on Friday, March 27 at 3 p.m. and No. 17 Pepperdine will come to town on Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m.