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Men's Tennis Drops Big 12 Opener, 6-1

April 7, 2010

 #12 TEXAS A&M 6, #9 BAYLOR 1
Complete Results


#3 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6







  #1  6-2, 6-4
  #2 6-3, 6-3 
 Bucko   #3 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(3) 
  #4 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-6(7)  Grigorov

#5 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 
6-3, 6-1  #6  
Lukacs/Maytin   #1 8-3 Krajicek/Dadamo


  #2 8-3 
 Rux/Mueller  8-6 #3  

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The ninth-ranked men's tennis team suffered its worst conference loss in almost 12 years as the Bears dropped their Big 12 opener to the No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies, 6-1, on Wednesday night at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

"We knew it was going to be very, very difficult to come down here and win," head coach Matt Knoll said. "It is a tough place to play and they have a great team. They absolutely did everything we expected them to do. All the credit goes to Texas A&M. They deserved to win and they outplayed us."

The loss snapped an 11-match win streak in conference openers and also ended the Bears eight-match win streak in conference play overall. The last time the Bears lost a conference match was April 16, 2008, at fourth-ranked Texas, 4-3.

With the loss the Bears fall to 16-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play, while the win gives the Aggies a 19-4 record and a perfect 4-0 record in conference play. Texas A&M now owns a 12-match win streak on the season. The 6-1 margin is Baylor's worst loss in conference play since a 6-1 loss to Texas A&M on April 17, 1998 in Waco.

The Aggies now lead the all-time series 31-16-1 and the win snaps a five-match winning streak in the series for Baylor. Texas A&M had not beaten Baylor since a 4-3 win on April 12, 2006 in College Station. In Big 12 regular season play, the Bears still lead the series 9-5 over the Aggies.

Baylor falls to 82-14 in 13+ years of Big 12 play, but they are 52-3 over the past nine-plus seasons.

The match was delayed over an hour due to a rain shower that passed through the College Station area around 5:45 p.m., but once the courts were dried play got underway.

In doubles, the fifth-ranked duo of Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo made quick work of Denes Lukacs and Roberto Maytin at the No. 1 position, 8-3. The loss drops the Baylor duo to 9-3 and snaps their three-match win streak. Alexey Grigorov and Alberto Bautista then clinched the point for Texas A&M as they beat the 78th-ranked pairing of Attila Bucko and Julian Bley, 8-3. The Baylor tandem falls to 8-4 in the dual match season. Baylor was able to salvage the final match as Dominik Mueller and Jordan Rux beat Alexis Klegou and Marcus Lunt, 8-6.

Mueller and Rux were partnered together for the first time this season. It was only Mueller's third doubles match of the dual season and his first since Feb. 21.

"We haven't been playing very well in doubles and we just felt like Dominik brought some good things to the table," Knoll said about inserting the senior into the doubles lineup. He won and that was awesome. Hopefully that is something we can build on. We didn't have too much success at the other two spots. Hopefully, we can play better the next match."

The Bears got off to a slow start in singles as well, as 32nd-ranked Rux lost to No. 46 Dadamo, 6-3, 6-3, at the two spot to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead. Rux drops to 12-3 in dual match play and lost for just the second time in his last nine matches. The Aggies would then push Baylor to the brink of defeat as Lukacs lost his first conference match ever after starting his career 18-0. The 19th-ranked senior fell to eighth-ranked Krajicek 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 1 position.

"It is tough when you lose doubles and then get knocked out the first two matches off and that is what happened today," Knoll said. "Their guys played great. You have to give them a lot of credit. We just never had a real chance to get into the matches."

Bley would finally get the Bears on the board as he blew past Naill Angus, 6-3, 6-1 at the sixth spot. Bley pushed his record to 11-2 and improved to 5-0 all-time in Big 12 play.

That set the stage for the final three matches on the court. The Bears had lost the first set in each match, but rebounded to take second set in all three.

"They really dominated doubles and then they came out and won five first sets in singles and really jumped on us," Knoll said. "I was proud three of our guys were able to fight back and get the seconds and it looked like we had might have a chance to get our nose into the match. I thought we competed hard on those courts, but unfortunately we were unable to make the impact we were hoping for."

However, from there the Aggies would clinch the match as Bautista beat Mueller 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3 at the fifth position.

At the fourth position, Maytin rebounded from a 7-6 (3) opening set loss to take the second set 6-2, but in the third he failed to close out a 5-2 lead against Grigorov and lost 7-6(7) to put the Aggies up 5-1 in the match. The loss snapped Maytin's five-match win streak and dropped the freshman to 10-4 in dual match play in his first conference match.

In the last match on the court, Bucko had his five match-win streak stopped as well when 121st-ranked Klegou wrapped up a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6(3) win over Baylor's 109th-ranked senior.

"It is always great to play in a tough environment and play a great team," Knoll said. "We are disappointed it didn't go our way, but we have to give A&M a lot of credit. Hopefully we can get back to work and play a good match on Saturday."

Baylor will now welcome two conference opponents to the Baylor Tennis Center as fifth-ranked Texas comes to Waco for a 6 p.m. showdown on Saturday, April 10. The Bears will then host No. 38 Nebraska on Sunday, April 11 at 6 p.m. to complete the opening half of their Big 12 slate.




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