April 7, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The 15th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team cruised past No. 38 Texas Tech, 6-1, in its first Big 12 match of the season at the McLeod Tennis Center on Sunday.
Baylor is now 15-4 on the season and 1-0 in Big 12 play, while Texas Tech drops to 14-7 and 0-1 in league action.
Sunday's win ties the overall series between the teams at 26 matches apiece. BU has won 21 of the last 22 contests vs. the Red Raiders. The win also extends the Bears' win streak to five matches and improves their road record to 4-2 on the season.
"We had a lot of fun," head coach Matt Knoll said. "The guys played hard. I was really pleased with the way our guys competed. We had a few matches that could have gone either way and we did a good job of staying focused and fighting all the way. It is always tough to play well out here. The conditions are different and they have a very vocal crowd. I thought it was a good win for us."
The doubles pairing of Tony Lupieri and Julian Lenz got the Bears off to a strong start by winning the first match over Texas Tech's Raphael Pfister and Hugo Dojas, 8-3, in the No. 3 doubles. Patrick Pradella and Roberto Maytin then defeated Jeff Bryan and Felipe Soares, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles to give Baylor a 1-0 lead heading into singles competition. When that match was decided Texas Tech's 69th-ranked Vitor Manzini and Gabriel Dias retired from the match at No. 1 doubles giving Mate Zsiga and Diego Galeano the win.
Texas Tech evened the score by claiming the first singles point as Hugo Dojas defeated Roberto Maytin 6-2, 6-2 on court six.
The 80th-ranked Lupieri was next to finish on court four with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Raphael Pfister. The win improves his match victory streak to seven, which is the longest for the Bears this season.
Diego Galeano followed with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Francisco Zambon on court five, before No. 71 Julian Lenz clinched the match winning point 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 against Gabriel Dias in the No. 2 spot.
The 99th-ranked Mate Zsiga fought back from a first set loss to secure Baylor's fifth point with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win on court 3 over Felipe Soares.
Patrick Pradella, ranked No. 33, closed out the match for the Bears with a 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (13-11) win in the No. 1 spot.
The Bears will be back in action Friday as they return home to host No. 11 Oklahoma at the Hurd Tennis Center at 6 p.m.
"It is another chance for us to come out and see where we are," Knoll said. "We feel like we are making big steps toward playing better and better over the last few weeks. We are excited to play another great team. I am sure that they are going to be a top 10 team in this week's rankings and they deserve it. It will be a good match for us."
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