April 16, 2014
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WACO, Texas -The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis (21-5, 4-1) topped No. 7 Texas (19-4, 3-1), 5-2, to claim a share of the Bg12 regular season title on Wednesday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor jumped on the Longhorns early sweeping the doubles point. It was only the fourth time this season BU has won all three doubles matches, but the 20th time the Bears have claimed the initial point.
Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri were the first Baylor pairing off court after securing an 8-3 victory over Adrien Berkowicz and George Goldhoff at the No. 2 spot. BU clinched the point with the 42nd-ranked duo of Mate Zsiga and Patrick Pradella's upset victory over 12th-ranked Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen 8-6, on court one. Baylor completed the sweep with another 8-6 victory on court three where Julian Lenz and Michel Dornbusch got past David Holiner and Jacoby Lewis.
In singles play, No. 12 Lenz continued to build momentum for the Bears with a 6-1, 6-4 victory on court two over 38th-ranked Glasspool to go up 2-0 in the match. No. 112 Michel Dornbusch pulled the Bears within a point of clinching the match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Clement Homs at the bottom of the lineup.
Texas answered back with a win on court one as 19th-ranked Hess-Olesen bested 28th-ranked Patrick Pradella 7-6(3), 6-3 to bring the score to 3-1.
Baylor then struck again on court four for the match deciding point with a 6-3, 6-3 Zsiga victory over No. 91 Goldhoff. The BU junior claimed the match with an ace up the middle.
The final two matches left on court both went on to finish in third-set super tiebreakers. No. 29 Galeano clinched his match on court three, earning a 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-4 win over Berkowicz, before Lupieri fell to Nick Naumann 3-6, 7-6(1), 10-8.
Baylor can still claim the regular season title outright with a loss by Texas (at Texas Tech) and Oklahoma (at Oklahoma State).
In between doubles and singles play, seniors Michel Dornbusch, Patrick Pradella and Robert Verzaal were honored in a Senior Day Celebration.
Keep up with the Bears all season long by following @BaylorMTennis on Twitter.
STAT OF THE DAY
12- the number of Big 12 regular season titles that Baylor has now won
- Baylor won its 12th Big 12 regular season title and the 11th in the last 13 years.
- Baylor men's tennis now has won 19 total league crowns (12 regular season and seven tournament).
- Baylor has won 13 of its last 14 matches.
- Baylor is a perfect 15-0 at home and finishes the regular season undefeated in Waco for the first time since 2007. It is the eighth time in the Knoll era for the Bears to be unbeaten at home.
- Baylor is 15-5 vs. ranked opponents this season.
- BU has won seven of the last eight vs. the Longhorns and 15 of the last 17.
- BU is 40-19 vs. UT all-time, but 19-9 under head coach Matt Knoll.
- Mate Zsiga won his 11th straight singles match.
- Michel Dornbusch and Julian Lenz have won six straight matches in doubles together.
TOP QUOTE #1
"It was just a great night. It was just a blast to be out here with a big crowd and playing your rival with something on the line. It is day you circle on the calendar and to have it turn out this way is really special. I thought today in general was a tough, resilient performance." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the win
TOP QUOTE #2
"I thought we had a really good plan against them. The guys bought into and had a lot of belief that the game plan was going to work. Our confidence just grew as the matches went on." - Knoll on doubles
TOP QUOTE #3
"Mate has been up down. He had a period earlier in the year where he wasn't playing very good. He lost a bunch of matches and if you look at those matches, he didn't win many sets. He got benched and then we put him back in a couple of spots lower than he is used to. He has done a great job for us and won 11 matches in a row. He has been a superstar for us."- Knoll on Mate Zsiga clinching the win
TOP QUOTE #4
"I just went for it. It was just a dream finish. It was especially awesome, because my brother was in the crowd. I don't get to see him much, so it was really good to have him here." - Mate Zsiga on clinching the match with an ace
TWEET OF THE MATCH
Baylor will be back in action when the Bears travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the Big 12 Championships beginning April 24.