May 10, 2014
WACO, Texas - The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team (24-5) defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-0 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Championships hosted at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor got off to a great start claiming the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Baylor's No. 1 pairing of Julian Lenz and Michel Dornbusch were the first Baylor pairing off court defeating Peter Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo 8-6. Robert Verzaal and Mate Zsiga clinched the point for the Bears with an 8-2 win on court three over Ricardo Mayagoitia and Javier Pujol
With the doubles point in hand No 31 Diego Galeano extended the Bears' lead to 2-0 with his 6-4, 6-1 win on court three over Pujol. Galeano closed out his match winning 11 of the last 12 games to finish with a 6-4, 6-1 victory
No. 14 Patrick Pradella put the Bears a point away from clinching the match with his 6-2, 6-2 victory on court two against Ricardo Mayagoitia.
Third-ranked Julian Lenz battled through a tightly contested first set, before rolling in the second set to clinch the match for the Bears with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Nagy to propel BU into the second round of play.
With the loss, the Islanders finish the season 19-10.
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STAT OF THE DAY
13 - the number of consecutive years BU has advanced to the second round of NCAA play
- Baylor is a perfect 16-0 at home this season, and improved to 21-0 in NCAA Championship play when hosting.
- Baylor advanced to the NCAA second round for the 13th straight season and the 15th time overall.
- In its previous 14 trips to the NCAA second round, BU is 14-0.
- The Bears lead the Islanders 11-6 in the all-time series, but BU is 11-0 under head coach Matt Knoll vs. TAMU-CC.
TOP QUOTE #1
"We advanced, and that's what it is all about. It's not a time of year to really evaluate your play, it's more about getting through. We got through pretty clean. We didn't really have to extend ourselves and get worn down for tomorrow. The thing about our sport is you can't win the tournament in the first round but you can lose it in the first round, if you come out and play for six hours and wear yourself down. I think we did a good job of being businesslike." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match.
TOP QUOTE #2
"We played them this year, so we know Tulsa very well. They have good players, they beat us two years ago with basically the same team. So we have a lot of respect for their program. We know their guys are really good, and we're going to have a big challenge tomorrow.."- Matt Knoll on facing Tulsa in the second round of NCAA Championships.
The Bears continue NCAA Championship play on Sunday when they face No. 43 Tulsa at 2 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center. The winner of Sunday's match will advance to the Round of 16 that will be held in Athens, Ga. Baylor will face Tulsa for the second straight year in the second round of the NCAA Championships. Last year, BU took down the Golden Hurricane . Earlier this season, Baylor beat Tulsa, 4-0, in Waco to improve to 6-2 all-time against TU.