May 11, 2008
WACO, Texas - With its 4-2 victory over Texas A&M in the 2008 NCAA Tennis Championships' second round on Sunday, the Baylor men's team advanced to the tournament's round of 16 for the seventh straight year and ninth time in program history.
With the victory the 10th-ranked Bears will take on the eighth-ranked Tennessee Vols on Friday, May 16 at 12 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Tennessee, coached by former Baylor assistant coach Sam Winterbotham, advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 2005 with a 4-0 victory over Virginia Tech.
Against the Aggies, the doubles point was won by the Bears. On court two, Lars Poerschke and Attila Bucko earned an 8-4 win over Wil Spencer and Mike Beatty. With the match tied at 2-2, the Bear tandem took the next three game to gain a 5-2 lead then held serve to claim the match 8-4. Dominik Mueller and Jordan Rux, playing on court three, broke the Aggies serve in the fifth game then never looked back, posting an 8-5 triumph over Matt Bain and Chris Chirco. Despite not being able to finish their match, David Galic and Denes Lukacs dropped behind the 20th-ranked tandem of Conor Pollock and Austin Krajicek, 0-4, but rallied and won three straight games to close the gap. When Baylor clinched the doubles point, play was halted on court one with the Aggie tandem leading 7-4.
Teas A&M won the first two points of singles with victories at No. 3 and No. 1, respectively. At No. 3, Spencer downed Galic, 6-3, 6-2 and the 25th-ranked Pollock defeated No. 8 Poerschke 6-1, 7-6(5).
With the Aggies leading 2-1, Baylor rallied to win matches at Nos. 6, 2 and 5, respectively. Rux extended his win streak to 15 matches with his 6-3, 6-4 victory on court six over Beatty. With his straight-sets win on court two over Krajicek, Lukacs raised his team-best season record to 42-9 and extended his singles win streak to 12. Attila Bucko clinched the match for the Bears with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Bain at court five.
"We won and that is what we were hoping for. I have to give Texas A&M a lot of credit. It looked we were going to knock them off and they battled back and broke open the second set on court two, Jordan was way up at six and had to battle to get through that set. We have to give credit to their program and their coaches; their guys really battled and made it tough on us, but thankfully we were able to re-gather and absorb their run," said head coach Matt Knoll.
#10 Baylor 4, #25 Texas A&M 2
1. #25 Conor Pollock (TAMU) def. #8 Lars Poerschke (BAYLOR) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
2. #9 Denes Lukacs (BAYLOR) def. Austin Krajicek (TAMU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Wil Spencer (TAMU) def. David Galic (BAYLOR) 6-3, 6-2
4. #79 Dominik Mueller (BAYLOR) vs. Chris Chirco (TAMU) DNF
5. Attila Bucko (BAYLOR) def. Matt Bain (TAMU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Jordan Rux (BAYLOR) def. Mike Beatty (TAMU) 6-3, 6-4
1. David Galic/Denes Lukacs (BAYLOR) vs. #20 Conor Pollock/Austin Krajicek (TAMU) DNF
2. Lars Poerschke/Attila Bucko (BAYLOR) def. Wil Spencer/Mike Beatty (TAMU) 8-4
3. Dominik Mueller/Jordan Rux (BAYLOR) def. Matt Bain/Chris Chirco (TAMU) 8-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,1,6,2,5)