March 22, 2014
WACO, Texas – The fifth-ranked Baylor improved to 14-4 overall and 10-0 at home by claiming victories over SMU, 7-0, and Laredo College, 6-1, on Saturday.
BU first blanked the Mustangs at the Hurd Tennis Center, before weather forced the Bears inside to the Hawkins Tennis Center where they took down the Palominos.
In the contest vs. SMU, Baylor got doubles wins from the tandems of Julian Lenz and Michel Dornbusch, 8-1, and Patrick Pradella and Mate Zsiga, 8-3. BU swept singles action with the 104th-ranked Michel Dornbusch providing the clinching point on court five, 6-3, 6-3, over Julio Olaya.
BU again won the doubles point vs. Laredo with Robert Verzaal and Robbie Korth posting an 8-2 win on court three and Lenz and Schneider securing an 8-2 victory on court two.
The Bears pushed the lead to 2-0 as Robbie Korth posted a 6-1, 6-2 win at the No. 6 spot. From there, Dornbusch was forced to retire from his match, giving the Palominos their lone point in the match. BU would then roll off four straight wins in singles with Mate Zsiga clinching the match, 6-2, 6-0 on court two.
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- Baylor improved to 14-4 and 10-0 at home.
- Baylor has won six straight matches, after dropping two in a row.
- Baylor has shutout eight opponents, including three of its last four opponents.
- BU is now 19-3 vs. SMU in the Knoll era and only trail the all-time series 28-21.
- BU has never lost to Laredo, holding a 5-0 series mark against the Palominos.
- Julian Lenz is 9-1 in his last 10 decisions and has won six straight.
STAT OF THE DAY
17-1 – Baylor’s combined score in three matches over the last two days
TOP QUOTE #1
“It’s always good to win. Coming into matches like this where you want to try and improve, competing is part of it. If you can improve, you can become a better competitor and sometimes put yourself in tough situations like they did today.” - head coach Matt Knoll on today's matches
TOP QUOTE #2
“Great to get Mate back in. I think he played a nice clean match. He did a great job in singles and doubles. I was proud of that.” - Knoll on Mate Zsiga against SMU
The Bears will be back in action on Friday when they take on No. 32 Memphis at the Hurd Tennis Center.