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Men's Tennis Wins Thriller Over Texas Tech

Freshman Diego Galeano clinched the victory for the Bears vs. Texas Tech.
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Complete Results | Highlights

(17-10) Rank: #28
#43 Escobar d. #16 Zsiga 6-2, 6-3
#100 Maytin d. #75 Carvalho 7-5, 6-3
Garcia d. Krickovic  6-3, 6-1
Galeano d. Manzini 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 7-6(3)
Grangeiro d. Wanderley 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
Bley d.  Zambon 6-3, 6-3

#419 Cravalho/Escobar d. #74 Galeano /Zsiga  8-4
 #59 Grangeiro/Maytin v. Garcia/Manzini dnf
Bryan/Wanderley d. Bley Krickovic 8-6

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April 28, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas  - After falling to Texas Tech, 6-1, in Waco a month ago, Baylor's men's tennis team got sweet revenge on Saturday as they downed the 19th-ranked Red Raiders, 4-3, in the Big 12 Championship semifinals at Texas A&M's George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The win, a come-from-behind victory, advanced the Bears to the Big 12 Championship title match for the 11th time and the first time since 2009. Baylor is 7-3 in Big 12 Championship title matches. The 28th-ranked and third-seeded Bears will face top seeded Oklahoma at noon on Sunday. The Sooners, ranked No. 12, advanced to the championship match with a 4-1 win over Texas A&M.

"We had some spots that just weren't very good today. We have got to do a better job of competing at every position, but at the same time we had some heroic efforts. Sometimes your teammates can pick you up and I think today some guys picked some other guys up. It was great to see us find a way to win on a day we didn't have everybody going the same direction," said head coach Matt Knoll.

The match lasted four hours and 39 minutes and came down to court four. With the match tied at 3-3, the outcome would be decided by a freshman and a junior, Baylor freshman Diego Galeano and Texas Tech junior Vitor Manzini.

To begin the match, Texas Tech won the doubles point when 19th ranked Roany Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar downed No. 74 Mate Zsiga and Galeano, 8-4, at the top court and Jeff Bryan and Gabriel Wanderley downed Julian Bley and Marko Krickovic, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles.

The Red Raiders claimed their second point when Rafael Garcia posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Krickovic at No. 3 singles. However, the Bears went on to win four of the remaining singles matches to claim the match win. Bley got the Bears on the scoreboard first with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Francisco Zambon on court six. Roberto Maytin, ranked No. 100, playing the No. 2 spot for the Bears, posted an upset victory over 75th-ranked Carvalho. Maytin trailed 1-4 in the first set but rebounded to claim a 7-5 first-set win. The junior won the second set to even the match score at 2-2. The Red Raiders earned their last point of the day when Escobar downed Zsiga on court one, 6-2, 6-3.

After winning the first set on court five, 6-2, Kike Grangeiro fell in the set, 5-7, but rebounded to win the third set and the match, 6-3, over Wanderley. At that point, Galeano and Manzini were dueling it out on court four. Manzini had won the first set in a tiebreak, 7-6(5), Galeano countered with a tiebreak victory of his own, 7-6(2).

When play ended on court five, Galeano and Manzini had just begun the third set, Galeano was leading 1-0. The duo each held serve throughout the third set and went to a tiebreaker. Galeano leapt out to a 4-1 lead and never looked back, claiming the set 7-6(3) and clinching the victory for the Bears.

"I was proud of Diego (Galeano). He didn't play nearly as well as the opponent in the first set. It really wasn't 7-6 close. He played better in the second and then the third was just a coin flip. I felt like he could go the distance physically. I thought emotionally and mentally would be the challenge for him. It was a windy day with a tough opponent," said Knoll.

With the win, Baylor moves to 17-10 on the season and Texas Tech falls to 15-8.



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