April 5, 2014
WACO, Texas – The seventh=ranked Baylor men’s tennis team (18-4) recorded its first conference win of the season with a 7-0 sweep of No. 28 Texas Tech (12-6) Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor secured the doubles point with wins on courts two and three, but could not secure the victory on court one.
Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri was the first Baylor tandem off court getting past Carlos DeLaura and Johann Willems, 8-2, before Julian Lenz and Michel Dornbusch secured the point with their 8-2 win on court three over Maxime Hinnisdaels and Francisco Zambon, 8-2. With the point decided, the Red Raiders then answered back on court one with an 8-6 win by Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas over Patrick Pradella and Mate Zsiga.
In singles play, Baylor quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 27th-ranked Galeano put away Zambon, 6-1, 6-1, on court three. Dornbusch was next to finish with a 6-3, 6-3 victory on court six over Jolan Cailleau to put the Bears up 3-0.
Baylor clinched the match deciding point on court two with a 6-4 6-2 win by No. 15 Pradella, followed by a 7-5, 6-2 win on court four by 104th-ranked Tony Lupieri.
Mate Zsiga secured Baylor’s sixth point, getting past Hinnisdaels 6-4, 6-2 following a first game that took just over 20 minutes to play.
Baylor completed the sweep with a three set victory on court one by seventh-ranked Lenz. After winning his first set 7-6(3), Lenz dropped his second set 1-6. After dropping his first two games in the tie-break set, Lenz gathered to close out his tie-break set 10-6.
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- Baylor improved to 18-4 on the season with Saturday’s win and has now won 10 straight.
- Baylor has now claimed the edge over the Red Raiders in the all-time series leading 27-26 and has now won 22 of the last 23 meetings between the two teams.
- The Bears are a perfect 14-0 at home on the season.
- Baylor has 11 shutouts on the season.
- Baylor has now won nine straight Big 12 regular season matches dating back to April 15, 2012
STAT OF THE DAY
10 – Baylor’s current match win streak, which matches the largest win streak of last season.
TOP QUOTE #1
“I thought we were pretty dominate in two and three doubles. Texas Tech spends a lot of time on their doubles and they did a really good job at those two spots. We did not play very well at No. 1 doubles. They were still very competitive and only lost by one break. It has been a frustrating year for them in that they have lost some tie breakers to several of the top teams in the country. We just need to start seeing the cup as half full. They are certainly good enough, but we just need to execute better in a couple of tie-breakers and just be more positive and lift each other up.” - head coach Matt Knoll on the win today.
TOP QUOTE #2
“We are excited to try to continue to get better and we feel like we are finding a pretty good rhythm right now and have developed a confidence. I think TCU is way more talented than their ranking indicates. Their talent level is really high and I think we all understand that. We are going to have to play a really good match up there.”- Matt Knoll on conference play
The Bears will hit the road for three straight matches beginning with a Tuesday match with TCU.