March 22, 2011
WACO, Texas - The 16th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team ran its win streak to 11 consecutive matches over Stanford with a 5-2 victory against the eighth-ranked Cardinal on Tuesday night at the Baylor Tennis Center.
"I am proud of the guys," head coach Matt Knoll said. "I think that we are obviously playing a lot better. We are just really looking forward to what is next."
BU has won its last three matches and nine of its last 10 to improve its overall record to 11-3. The match was the final contest in a season long eight-match homestand for the Bears, who went 7-1 on the stretch. At home this season, Baylor is now 10-2 and against ranked opponents the Bears are 6-3.
The loss dropped Stanford to 8-4 on the year. Meanwhile, the Bears have never lost to the Cardinal holding an 11-0 mark against Stanford in a series that dates back to 1999.
"We have been fortunate sometimes and again tonight there were a lot of really good matches," Knoll said. "We are just kind of lucky to win a little more than our share of them. We are just happy for the guys that were able to come through in tough situations."
With the point clinched, the seventh-ranked duo of Roberto Maytin and John Peers had their nine-match win streak ended as they were bested by Stanford's sixth-ranked tandem of Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn, 9-8(6) at the top of the lineup.
For the second straight match Knoll used the same singles lineup, which led to four straight-set victories for the Bears.
First off the court was Maytin (No. 96), who cruised past Lin, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 4 position. The win was the sophomore's eighth in his last nine matches and upped his dual-match record to 10-2.
The Bears would build a 3-0 lead as the 99th-ranked Grangeiro took out Kandath at the No. 5 spot, 7-5, 6-4, to raise his dual-match record to 11-2.
Stanford would cut the BU lead to 3-1 as the 36th-ranked Thacher downed Dennis Lengsfeld at the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 7-5, but that was as close as the Cardinal would get.
To clinch the match the 27th-ranked Peers would secure his biggest win of the year with a 6-4, 7-6(4) upset of the 10th-ranked Klahn. The win over the defending NCAA champion snapped a three-match losing streak for Peers and raised his record to 11-3.
"For John to bounce back from losing the last three matches and beat the defending NCAA champion was pretty incredible," Knoll said. "What a great result for him."
With the match in hand, Ramirez would go on to grab another upset for the Bears as he beat No. 93 Clayton, 7-5, 6-4, at the No. 2 spot.
"Great win for Sergio to beat a really great guy there," Knoll said.
Stanford got its second point of the night in the last match on as Greg Hirshman stopped Bley's five-match win streak with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(4) win.
"We just need to get nine tough spots and we are doing that," Knoll said. "If you do that you are not going win them all, but it just gives everybody a lot of confidence. You feel like you give yourself a chance."
The Bears will now open their 15th season of Big 12 play with a trip to No. 17 Texas Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. BU is 23-25 against Texas Tech all-time, but the Bears have never lost to the Red Raiders in the Matt Knoll era holding a 16-0 mark against them in that span.