April 26, 2014
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FORT WORTH, TEXAS - The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team (22-5) topped No. 35 Oklahoma State (21-9), 4-2, Saturday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in the semifinal round of the Big 12 Conference Championships.
Baylor claimed the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. The pairing of Michel Dornbusch and Julian Lenz recorded three breaks to get past Lucas Gerch and Sebastian Sachs, 8-2. Baylor clinched the doubles point on court three where Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri closed out their match with four straight game wins to earn an 8-4.
With the doubles point in hand, Baylor quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-4 Lupieri win on court six over Chris Haworth. Oklahoma State answered back with a win on court five where Brady Bohrnstedt got past No. 107 Dornbusch 7-5, 6-1.
Second-ranked Lenz put BU up 3-1 with a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over No. 70 Jokob Sude. That was quickly followed by a Arjun Kadhe upset win over No. 29 Diego Galeano on court three, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
For the second straight match, the match was decided by Zsiga. After falling 6-7(0) in the first set, Zsiga answered in the second and third sets to win 6-7(0), 6-3, 6-4.
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STAT OF THE DAY
12 - Baylor will be making its 12th trip to the Big 12 Championship finale
· Baylor is 33-10 all-time in Big 12 Championship play.
· Baylor will compete in its third consecutive conference championship final and 12th overall.
· Baylor is 7-4 in its previous 11 trips to the Big 12 Championship finale, but is looking for its first title since 2009.
· BU won its 22nd doubles point of the season and is now 21-1 when winning the doubles point
· Baylor improved to 16-5 against ranked teams.
· Mate Zsiga improved his win streak to 12 matches
TOP QUOTE #1
"At the end of the day they played well. They put a lot of pressure on us. It was a lot like the match we played against them in Stillwater. We just won those tiebreakers up there. They were into the matches and it was a challenge." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match
TOP QUOTE #2
"If you look at the national rankings, they are the best team in the league. They have been rough on us lately. They have beaten us three times in a row. They have a heck of a program. They have a lot of really, really good tennis players. We are going to have to come out and play a great match tomorrow." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final tomorrow.
Baylor will face No. 3 Oklahoma on Sunday in the Big 12 Championship at 1 p.m. The two teams are meeting for the third time this season with the Sooners winning the last three matches in the series.