LUBBOCK, Texas - The fourth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team suffered a 4-3 setback against No. 45 Texas Tech Saturday at the McLeod Tennis Center.
The Bears (21-6, 2-3 Big 12) have dropped four straight matches against the Red Raiders (11-14, 1-4 in Big 12). BU had previously defeated the Red Raiders in 22 of the last 23 matches between the two schools. Baylor trails the all-time series 30-28, but still holds a 22-5 lead in the series under head coach Matt Knoll.
BU got off to a slow start, losing consecutive matches in doubles play to drop the doubles point. First, Jackson Cobb and Alex Sendegeya defeated Johannes Schretter and Tyler Stayer, 6-3, on court three. The Red Raiders clinched the doubles point thanks to a 6-4 victory on court two by Jolan Cailleau and Carlos DiLaura over Max Tchoutakian and Constantin Frantzen.
To open singles play, Red Raider Jackson Cobb knocked off Tyler Stayer 6-3, 6-1. No. 13 Juan Benitez would also falter, as No. 30 Jolan Caileau held him off on court one, 6-4, 6-4. Benitez's loss put the Bears a point short of being swept by TTU before storming back and tying the match up at 3-3.
The 43rd-ranked Tchoutakian began the rally by taking care of business against Sendegeya in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on court three. Wil Little followed Tchoutakian's lead by defeating Connor Curry 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on court four. The 53rd-ranked Schretter tied the match up with his win over No. 85 Bjorn Thomson, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on court two.
In the winner take all match, Frantzen and Carlos DiLaura were forced to a third set and that set then went to a tiebreaker. DiLaura went up 4-0, before Frantzen stormed back to knot it up at 6-6. DiLaura would pull away at the end, winning 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (8) on court five to give TTU the 4-3 victory
Baylor now trails the all-time series against Texas Tech, 28-30.
The Bearshas now lost two matches in a row, and three out of their last four.
Baylor has now concluded its regular season schedule and will next play in the Big 12 Championship, on Thursday at 10 a.m. The Bears are the third seed for the event and will face sixth-seeded Texas Tech in the opening round.
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