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Men's Tennis Advances to Big 12 Semifinals

Kike Grangeiro triumphed in both singles and doubles vs. OSU.
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Complete Results | Highlights

(16-10) Rank: #28
#16 Zsiga d. #104 Bondarenko 6-1, 6-3
#100 Maytin v. Biktyakov dnf
 Krickovic v. Haworth dnf
 Galeano v. West dnf
Grangeiro d. Horstmann 6-3, 6-1
Bley d. Carstens 6-2, 6-1

#74 Galeano/Zsiga v. Biktyakov/Bondarenko dnf
#59 Maytin/Grangeiro d. Haworth/West 8-1
Krickovic/Bley d. Horstmann/Carstens 8-1

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April 27, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Men's Tennis Championships with a 4-0 victory over Oklahoma State at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Complex on a windy Friday morning.

Next, the 28th-ranked and third-seeded Bears will face second-seeded Texas Tech at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The 19th-ranked Red Raiders earned the tournament's No. 2 seed by finishing 4-1 in league play. Texas Tech brings a 15-7 season record into the match. The Red Raiders downed Baylor, 6-1, in Lubbock earlier this season.

"We felt like we played pretty well at No. 2 and 3 doubles, it was great to get off quick. We didn't do a good job when we played them a couple weeks ago in Stillwater. The scores were pretty similar in doubles and then they won three of the first set in singles. We were kind of lucky to win that match. Today we really wanted to emphasize coming out and getting off to a good start in singles and we didn't lose a set in singles so I am pretty please with that," said head coach Matt Knoll.

Against OSU, Baylor swept through doubles, winning by 8-1 scores on both courts two and three. The 59th-ranked tandem of Roberto Maytin and Kike Grangeiro raised their record to 5-3, when they breezed past Chris Haworth and Eric West at No. 2. On court three, Julian Bley and Marko Krickovic easily downed Trevor Horstmann and Alejandro Carstens. Bley and Krickovic are now 6-3 on the season. When play was halted, Baylor freshmen, 74th-ranked Mate Zsiga and Diego Galeano, were tied with Rifat Biktyakov and Vlad Bondarenko, 4-4, on court one.

The Bears continued their domination with three relatively quick singles wins. In fact, all six Baylor singles players turned in first-set victories. Baylor's first player off the court was 16th-ranked Zsiga with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the top court over OSU's Bondarenko. With the win, Zsiga raised his team-leading season record to 20-2. Next, Bley, a senior, followed with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Carstens at No. 6. Grangeiro, another senior, clinched the match for the Bears with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph at No. 5 over Horstmann. When play was halted, Maytin and Krickovic both had second-set leads and Galeano was tied at 5-5.

The match marked the final match for OSU head coach James Wadley, who is retiring after 40 years at the helm of the program. "He has been there 40 years. I think he started being the coach there when I was in first grade and I feel like I have being doing this a long time. He probably doesn't get the credit he deserves for what he accomplished at Oklahoma State. I think he will be missed in college tennis, he is truly one of the good characters in our sport," said Knoll.

The victory over Oklahoma State raised Baylor's season record to 16-10 while the Cowboys fell to 7-14.



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