March 28, 2014
WACO, Texas – The sixth-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team (15-4) recorded a 4-0 victory over No. 32 Memphis (9-4) Friday at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center. The match, that was originally scheduled to be played at the Hurd Tennis Center, was moved indoors because of rain.
Baylor got off to a slow start in doubles competition, falling down 3-2 on two courts and 4-2 on court one. However, Baylor’s tandem of Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri rebounded and were the first to finish with an 8-6 victory on court two over Connor Glennon and Cedric DeZutter.
Baylor secured the doubles point on court three where Michel Dornbusch and Vince Schneider rallied from being down 7-4 to secure an 8-7(2) victory to give the Bears a 1-0 lead heading into singles competition.
No. 104 Lupieri kept the momentum rolling for the Bears recording a 6-1, 6-0 victory on court five to be the first BU player to secure a singles victory. Junior Mate Zsiga was the next Baylor player off court after taking his 10th victory of the dual-match season with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ian Chadwell to put the Beas up 3-0.
Seventh-ranked Julian Lenz clinched the match for BU with his 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 118 Joe Salisbury on court two.
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STAT OF THE DAY
- Baylor improved to 15-4 on the season with Friday’s win and has now won seven straight.
- The Bears are a perfect 11-0 at home on the season.
- Baylor has nine shutouts on the season.
- Baylor now has three singles competitors with 10 or more wins in the dual match season - Zsiga (10-5), Lupieri (13-1), Lenz (15-1)
- BU upped its record to 10-4 vs. ranked foes this season
Baylor’s doubles pairing of Michel Dornbusch
and Vince Schneider
closed out their doubles match winning 4 of 5 to force a tiebreaker
TOP QUOTE #1
“I was really proud of our guys. We were down and I thought we showed a lot of resilience and I thought it was a heck of an effort by our guys.” - Head coach Matt Knoll on fighting back to win the doubles point
TOP QUOTE #2
“That was really impressive today. We need a bunch of guys who are playing with a lot of passion and Tony is playing with a lot of passion and belief and he really led us today. It makes it hard on any team to win the doubles point and then come out and get a quick win like that. It makes it a pretty big hill to climb. I was really excited about how well he played and how focused he was out there.”- Knoll on Tony Lupieri’s success
The Bears will be back in action on Sunday as they host their third doubleheader of the season when they host Abilene Christian and Prairie View A&M. Baylor’s matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. followed by the second match at 7 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.