April 19, 2009
WACO, Texas - Baylor's men's tennis team blanked Oklahoma State, 7-0, to claim its ninth overall and eighth straight Big 12 Conference regular season title on Sunday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center.
The victory marked the seventh time the Bears have swept through league play undefeated. Fifth-ranked Baylor is now 21-5 on the season and finished conference action at 6-0, while 24th-ranked Oklahoma State falls to 13-6 on the season and 3-3 in league play.
"It's a big deal to us, we take a lot of pride that we've won nine of the last 10 titles and eight straight. That's pretty special," said head coach Matt Knoll. "We're getting things rounded into shape, it's late April and we're getting better and better. Hopefully we can build on this and go up to Norman and play well in the Big 12 Tournament."
Building off a strong doubles showing, junior Attila Bucko made quick work of Mikhail Trukshanin, breezing to a 6-1, 6-2 win. Sophomore Jordan Rux followed with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Nathan Byrnes. Clinching the match and the title for the Bears was junior Dominik Mueller with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Aleksey Bessonov. Freshmen Julian Bley and Maros Horny followed suit with wins at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively.
The last one off the court was junior Denes Lukacs who posted the most impressive victory of the day. Lukacs, ranked No. 6, upset second-ranked Oleksandr Nedovyesov at No. 1 singles in a three-set match. Nedovyesov claimed the first set 7-6, winning the tiebreaker 7-3, while Lukacs bounced right back to take the second set 6-4. With the outcome of the dual match already decided, a super tiebreaker was played and Lukacs prevailed 10-8. The victory extended Lukacs' singles win streak to 13 matches and marked his third career win over a top 10 opponent. As a sophomore he downed No. 2 Steven Moneke of Ohio State and that same season beat 10th-ranked Ditimar Kutrovsky of Texas, both wins coming in straight sets.
To begin the match, Baylor claimed the doubles point with win on courts two and three. Lukacs and Horny were the first Baylor duo off the court with an 8-3 triumph over OSU's Trukshanin and Anton Bobytskyi at No. 2. After sprinting out to a 3-0 lead, Mueller and Bley held off the Cowboys' Igor Sobolta and Bessonov to clinch the doubles point, 8-6, on court three. Soon after the Bears claimed the doubles point, the 17th-ranked tandem of Nedovyesov and Byrnes of OSU posted an 8-4 victory over No. 28 David Galic and Rux.
Lukacs and Bley completed Big 12 Conference play with undefeated marks. Lukacs finished 6-0, all at the No. 1 spot; while Bley posted a 4-0 mark going 1-0 at No. 3, 1-0 at No. 4 and 2-0 at No. 5.
The Bears will now compete in the Big 12 Championships at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Okla., men's tournament play begins on Friday, April 24.
Oklahoma State vs. Baylor
Apr 19, 2009 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
#5 Baylor 7, #24 Oklahoma State 0
Order of finish: 5,2,3,4,6,1
1. #6 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #2 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (OSU) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 10-8
2. #44 Jordan Rux (BU) def. Nathan Byrnes (OSU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Aleksey Bessonov (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Julian Bley (BU) def. Anton Bobytskyi (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Attila Bucko (BU) def. Mikhail Trukshanin (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Igor Sobolta (OSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Order of finish: 2,3,1
1. #17 Oleksandr Nedovyesov/Nathan Byrnes (OSU) def. #28 David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) 8-4
2. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Mikhail Trukshanin/Anton Bobytskyi (OSU) 8-3
3. Dominik Mueller/Julian Bley (BU) def. Igor Sobolta/Aleksey Bessonov (OSU) 8-6
#24 Oklahoma State 13-6, 3-3
#5 Baylor 21-5, 6-0