April 11, 2012
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April 11, 2012
WACO, Texas - Senior Night for Baylor men's tennis proved to be a heartbreaker on Wednesday evening at the Hurd Tennis Center when the Bears lost to Tulsa, 4-3. In their last regular season home match, seniors Kike Grangeiro and Julian Bley were honored between doubles and singles.
The 26th-ranked Tulsa squad won the doubles point then proceeded to win three straight singles matches to earn the four points needed to secure the victory over No. 28 Baylor.
With the loss, Baylor moves to 13-9 overall while Tulsa is now 13-8 on the season.
"You have to give Tulsa credit, their guys were just more polished, more disciplined, more put together than we were ... until we can grow up, we're not going to be able to win a match like this," said head coach Matt Knoll.
Baylor and Tulsa split doubles on courts two and three. Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson downed Grangeiro and sophomore Robert Verzaal on court two, 8-5, but Bley and sophomore Marko Krickovic countered with an 8-5 win at three doubles over Tulsa's Alejandro Espejo and Lucian Gheorghe. Facing Tulsa's sixth-ranked tandem of Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling, freshmen Mate Zsiga and Diego Galeano, ranked No. 67, pushed the Tulsa tandem to the limit but the Hurricane duo posted a 9-8 win, triumphing 13-11 in the tiebreak.
Tulsa opened singles play with straight set victories on court six, five and two, respectively. Jackson downed Verzaal, 7-5, 6 -1, Espejo downed Bley, 6-1, 6-3, and No. 93 Marsland defeated Krickovic, 6-4, 6-2.
The unranked Galeano got Baylor on the scoreboard first with an upset victory over Watling, No. 83, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 1-0 (10-7), at No. 3, followed by two tie-break wins by Grangeiro over Ive, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) on court four. At the top court, the 23rd-ranked Zsiga won his first set over No. 92 Jamie De Klerk, 6-2, but fell 6-7 (5) in the second before taking the third-set super tiebreaker 10-7.
The Bears will now travel to Oklahoma for two Big 12 Conference matches, a Friday, April 13 meeting vs. 13th-ranked Oklahoma (6 p.m.) and a Sunday, April 15 contest vs. Oklahoma State (2 p.m.)