April 11, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. -The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team had its 11-match win streak snapped on Friday with a 4-3 loss to No. 4 Oklahoma at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
The Bears (19-5, 2-1) suffered their first defeat since March 9 and their first loss in Big 12 regular season play since April 12, 2012 at Oklahoma. BU had won nine consecutive Big 12 regular season contests.
Coming into the match, Baylor had claimed eight straight doubles decisions. However, Oklahoma opened with a victory on court two as Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri fell to Axel Alvarez and Guillermo Alcorta, 8-4. BU's No. 3 team of Julian Lenz and Michel Dornbusch evened the doubles point at one match apiece, dispatching of Peerakit Siributwong and Nick Papac, 8-7(3).
The Sooners went on to claim the doubles point with an 8-6 win by the 29th-ranked pairing of Dane Webb and Andrew Harris over Patrick Pradella and Mate Zisga at the top of the lineup.
In singles play, OU pushed the lead to 2-0 as the 44th-ranked Harris downed No. 102 Lupieri, 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 4 spot.
The Bears claimed the next three matches off to gain a 3-2 advantage in the match. First, Zsiga blasted past Alex Ghilea, 6-1, 6-1, on court 5. Next, the 15th-ranked Pradella upset sixth-ranked Alvarez, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 1 position. Dornbusch claimed BU's final point with a 6-4, 6-4, victory over Austin Siegel at the bottom of the lineup.
OU pulled even with the Bears at three points apiece as the 40th-ranked Dane Webb upset No. 29 Galeano, 6-3, 7-6(5), on court three.
At that point, the lone remaining match featured fifth-ranked Guillermo Alcorta and No. 2 Julian Lenz on court 2. Lenz had dropped the first set 6-4, but was leading 3-1 in the second set as the match became all square. The BU sophomore went on to clinch the second set 7-5 to send the contest to a third set. In the decisive set, Lenz fell behind 3-0, before tying up the set 3-3. However, Alcorta won the next three games and to take the set, 6-3.
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- Baylor dropped to 19-5 on the season and 2-1 in conference play with Friday's loss.
- Oklahoma improved to 19-2 and 2-1 in Big 12 action
- Baylor fell to 2-3 in true road matches and 13-5 vs. ranked foes.
- Oklahoma now leads the all-time series between the two teams 20-19.
- All five of Baylor's losses have come to teams ranked in the top 10.
- The pairing of Lenz and Dornbusch has won four straight decisions.
- Zsiga has won nine straight singles contests, while Pradella is on a six-match unbeaten streak.
- Lenz lost for the first time since March 9. He had won 11 straight contests.
STAT OF THE DAY
5 - the number of matches in which Baylor has lost the doubles point this season. BU is 2-3 in such contests.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Today was another great match. We had some great performances. Patrick (Pradella) had a great day. He beat a really good player at No. 1. Mate (Zsiga) played great as well. We just really didn't show up at every position today. It is hard to beat an elite team when you don't have nine positions show up." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match
The Bears close out their three-match road trip with a 1 p.m. matchup with No. 24 Oklahoma State on Sunday in Stillwater, Okla.