April 2, 2014
WACO, Texas –The seventh-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team (17-4) defeated 25th-ranked South Florida (13-5) 4-0 Wednesday night at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor got off to a quick start claiming the doubles point with wins on courts two and three.
USF claimed the first match victory with Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozun getting past Patrick Pradella and Mate Zsiga 8-5 on court one. Baylor answered back with an 8-5 victory on court two by Diego Galeano and Michel Dornbusch to force the point to be decided on court three. After no service breaks in the game, Julian Lenz and Vince Schneider eventually got past Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez in a tiebreak, 8-7(5), to give Baylor a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
Michel Dornbusch was the first Baylor player to finish in singles, recording a 6-1, 6-2 victory on court five, before Mate Zsiga wrapped up his match on court four against Vadym Kalyuzhnyy with a 6-1, 6-2 win.
The Bears clinched the match point on court two where seventh-ranked Lenz got past Pramming 6-3, 6-4.
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STAT OF THE DAY
13-0 – Baylor’s record in home matches in 2014.
- Baylor improved to 17-4 on the season with Wednesday’s win and has now won nine straight.
- Baylor now leads the all-time series with South Florida, 3-0.
- Baylor has 10 shutouts on the season.
TOP QUOTE #1
“We got beat up pretty bad at one and found a way to win. I think on two we just didn’t get enough returns. It is hard to get momentum when you aren’t getting many returns. I thought they served aggressively and hung around. Vince missed the easiest ball in tennis in the tie-breaker, but then to his credit he hit the most massive forehand return. I give him a lot of credit for bouncing back like that and staying aggressive and going after shots. I think a lot of guys would get tentative after missing a ball like he missed. He got excited and a little over juiced, but it was a good job to come back and win the point.” - Head coach Matt Knoll on winning the doubles point.
TOP QUOTE #2
“What a great last couple of matches he has had. He has really started to be the guy that we expected him to be. I think he has gotten comfortable and his confidence is growing. And we think he will be a fantastic player for us down the stretch.” - Knoll on the recent play of Mate Zsiga.
The Bears now start Big 12 play when they host No. 28 Texas Tech on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.