April 13, 2012
On a stormy night in Oklahoma, Baylor's men's tennis match vs. the Oklahoma Sooners was forced indoors when a tornado touched down near the OU campus late Friday afternoon. Playing in the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion on campus, the Sooners downed the Bears 4-3.
The 13th-ranked Oklahoma squad won the doubles point then picked up three singles matches to earn the four points needed to secure the victory over No. 28 Baylor. With the loss, Baylor moves to 13-10 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 action while Oklahoma is now 14-3 on the season and remains perfect in league play at 3-0.
Oklahoma claimed the doubles point by winning at No. 3 and No. 1. Baylor's 67th-ranked duo of freshmen Mate Zsiga and Diego Galeano, playing at No. 1, put up a valiant effort vs. OU's eighth-ranked Costin Paval and Dane Webb but eventually fell, 8-6. BU's doubles win came when Roberto Maytin and Kike Grangeiro upset No. 58 Tsveten Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong on court two, 8-7 (9-7). Due to weather concerns, they played a shortened match.
Maytin, Baylor's lone double-winner on the night, put Baylor on the scoreboard with a straight set win over Mihov, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 3 singles. However, OU won the next three singles matches to claim the four points needed to secure the victory. Bley, a senior, won Baylor's second point when he took the first set on court six, 6-4, then his opponent, Lawrence Formantera retired with Bley leading in the second set, 3-2. Zsiga, ranked No. 23 pulled off another victory when, playing at the top spot, upset 11th-ranked Paval. Zsiga was blanked in the first set, 0-6, but rebounded to win the next two sets, 6-3, 6-1. The victory marked Zsiga's second win over Paval this season as he downed the Sooner in the quarterfinals of the BU-H.E.B. Invitational in the fall.
Zsiga raised his record to a team-best 31-5 on the season and 17-2 in dual match competition. He is now 12-5 vs. ranked opponents and has won 12 of his last 13 contests.
The Bears will now play at Oklahoma State (2 p.m.) on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.