April 4, 2012
WACO, Texas -
April 4, 2012
Matt Knoll's Baylor men's tennis team rebounded from a rare Big 12 Conference home loss to take down league favorite Texas, 5-2, on Wednesday evening at BU's Hurd Tennis Center.
The 32nd-ranked Bears upset the 15th-ranked Longhorns by sweeping all three doubles matches, including upsetting two ranked Longhorn tandems, and taking three singles matches before Texas got on the scoreboard.
With the win, Baylor moves to 1-1 in Big 12 action and 13-8 overall while Texas is now 1-2 in league play and 14-7 on the season.
"This is the team that we have been expecting to see all season. Our focus tonight was to play hard and stay focused and I feel like we made big strides in that regard tonight," said Knoll.
Senior Julian Bley and sophomore Marko Krickovic quickly downed UT's Alex Hilliard and Sudanwa Sitaram, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles. A pair of BU freshmen, Mate Zsiga and Diego Galeano, upset 27th-ranked Chris Camillone and David Holiner, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles and sophomore Robert Verzaal and senior Kike Grangeiro completed the sweep by posting an 8-3 victory over No. 50 Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead on court two.
Galeano and Zsiga, playing at No. 3 and No. 1, respectively, quickly gave the Bears two more points when they posted singles wins. Galeano defeated Sitaram, 6-1, 6-1 while the 21st-ranked Zsiga downed No. 64 Soren Hess-Olesen, 6-4, 6-0. Bley clinched the match for the Bears when he defeated Jacoby Lewis, on court six, 6-3, 6-4. The Longhorns got their first point of the night when after the match was clinched freshman Lars Behlen retired. Behlen lost the first set on court five, 6-3, but won the second 6-2 before retiring. Krickovic earned Baylor's fifth point when, after losing the first set on court two, 4-6, he rebounded to win the second stanza 6-4 and won the third set in a super tiebreaker, 14-12 over No. 97 Whitehead. Texas claimed the last point of the match when Holiner defeated Grangiero in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 4 singles.
"First of all it's great to win after a loss (Texas Tech). Our goal throughout the whole match was to leave everything out on the court tonight, and that's what we did. We proved that if we really focus we will win and we can beat anyone," said Zsiga.
The Bears are idle until next Wednesday, April 11, when they host Tulsa at 6 p.m. Baylor's two seniors, Julian Bley and Kike Grangeiro, will be honored.