March 31, 2012
WACO, Texas - Baylor’s 29th-ranked men’s tennis team dropped its Big 12 opener vs. No. 30 Texas Tech, 6-1, at the Hurd Tennis Center on Saturday evening.
The loss drops the Bears to 12-8 on the season, 0-1 in Big 12 play, while Texas Tech is now 12-6 overall and 1-0 in league action. The victory by Texas Tech snaps an 18-match Baylor win streak over the Red Raiders.
Doubles, which was contested first, came down to the wire when Texas Tech's Gabriel Wanderly and Jeff Bryan defeated Julian Bley and Marko Krickovic on court three, 8-3, and BU's Mate Zsiga and Diego Galeano defeated Vitor Manzini and Rafael Garcia, 8-6, on the middle court. At that point Texas Tech's 28th-ranked tandem on Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar and BU's Roberto Maytin and Kike Grangeiro were tied on court one, 7-7. The Red Raider duo went on to post a 9-8 win by winning 7-3 in the tiebreaker to earn the doubles point.
Galeano, a freshman, was the Bears' lone double winner on the night. After he and his partner, Zsiga, won on court two in doubles, the talented freshman earned the Bears their only point when he downed Manzini at No. 4 singles in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6(3). Baylor's No. 1 singles player, 21st-ranked Zsiga, saw his nine-match win streak snapped with a loss to the 57th-ranked Escobar, 7-6(8), 6-3. The loss was Zsiga's first since Feb. 17 when he dropped a match to Stanford's ninth-ranked Ryan Thacher.
When Galeano won his match, Baylor closed the score to 2-1 but consecutive victories by Texas Tech on courts one and three, respectively, earned the win. Garcia clinched the match by downing Krickovic in a three-set match at No. 3, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.
The Bears return to the court on Wednesday, April 4 when they host 13th-ranked and league favorite Texas at 6 p.m.