WACO, Texas -- The fourth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team remained perfect at home in 2017 with shutout wins against No. 28 Memphis and Prairie View A&M Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
To open the day, the Bears took down No. 28 Memphis, 4-0, before closing out the day with a 7-0 blanking of Prairie View A&M.
Despite trailing on both courts 1 and 2 during a large part of the doubles, Baylor rallied to capture the opening point of the day against the Tigers. The Baylor pairing of Constantin Frantzen and Max Tchoutakian never fell behind, racing out to a 3-0 lead, before downing Matt Story and Jan Pallares, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot.
BU locked up the 1-0 advantage with Johannes Schretter and Jimmy Bendeck coming from behind to down Felix Rauch and Ryan Peniston, 6-4, on court two. The BU duo had trailed 3-1 and then 4-3, before winning the final three games of the match.
In singles action, Baylor raced out to a 3-0 lead with straight-set victories from No. 100 Schretter (6-1, 6-0) and the fifth-ranked Juan Benitez (6-4, 6-3) on courts 3 and 1, respectively. To clinch the match, freshman Constantin Frantzen outlasted Rauch, 6-4, 7-6(4) at the No. 6 spot.
In the second contest of the day, Baylor blew past Prairie View A&M with ease, 7-0. Tyler Stayer and Sam May clinched the doubles point for the Bears with a 6-4 showing on court five, after Tchoutakian and Frantzen opened with a 6-1 on court two.
Baylor and Prairie View A&M elected to play both the singles and doubles matches out, which led the No. 29th-ranked doubles pairing of Juan Benitez and Will Little to win their match, 6-3, on court one.
The Bears continued to roll in singles play as all six Baylor players won in straight sets. Will Little produced the clinching match-point with a 6-1, 6-1, defeat of Xavier Lawrence on court three.
Baylor improved to 18-3 on the season with the two victories, while dropping Memphis to 12-5 and Prairie View A&M to 4-20.
Baylor is now 6-0 in the all-time series against Memphis.
The Bears are now 10-0 all-time against Prairie View View A&M.
Baylor is 8-0 at home in 2017.
TOP QUOTE #1
"We managed the match really well. We got off to a slow start in doubles, but once we started playing the system a little bit we did well. In singles, everybody came out ready to go. We managed the match. Memphis is a really good team. That's a tough program, so for all of our guys to come through like they did was a great sign. It shows we're maturing and improving, and that's what we want to be doing." -- head coach Matt Knoll on Memphis
TOP QUOTE #2
"I thought it was great. We punched those guys right in the mouth, a top-30 team, to beat them 4-0 was really good. Especially after a week off since our last match. Everybody was really pumped up and nobody had a bad performance today so I thought that was really good." -- Will Little
Baylor will now visit Tulsa next Sunday at 1 p.m., in its last non-conference matchup of the 2017 regular season.
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