May 14, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor's sixth-ranked men's tennis team downed Wake Forest, 4-1, in NCAA Championship round of 16 action at the Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station on Thursday. The victory extended Baylor's season-high win streak to 15 matches and raised its season record to 26-5.
With the win the Bears advanced to the tournament quarterfinals for the seventh straight year and eighth time overall and raised their record in round of 16 matches to 8-2.
Wake Forest, ranked No. 18, saw its season end at 22-10. The Bears will face third-seeded and third-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, May 16 at 4 p.m. The Buckeyes advanced after defeating 25th-ranked Boise State, 4-0.
"They (Ohio State) beat us 7-0 last time. We're a clear underdog. I think arguably they have the best team in the country. Their talent level is way up there. It's a great challenge. You get to this round of the NCAAs, and you expect to play a great, great team. And we're going to play a great, great team. They've lost one match all season and really they've pounded people, us included. So it will be interesting to see if we can give them a match," said head coach Matt Knoll.
The Bears won the doubles point but it wasn't an easy task. The Wake Forest tandem of Cory Parr and Steve Forman, ranked No. 6, quickly defeated Baylor's top tandem, 18th-rated David Galic and Jordan Rux, 8-3. The Bears countered with a win by 64th-ranked Maros Horny and Denes Lukacs, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles. The victory extended the duo's win streak to six matches. BU's Julian Bley and Dominik Mueller started off slow at No. 3 doubles but finished with a fury. The pair fell behind Wake Forest's Jon Wolff and David Hopkins 4-1 to begin the contest but countered with four straight wins to move to 5-4. The Wake Forest tandem won two more to take the lead 7-5 which was the score when No. 2 doubles finished. In order to claim the doubles point for the Bears, Bley and Mueller won the next four games to clinch the win, 9-7.
Horny, Lukacs and Mueller all countered their doubles wins with singles victories. Horny was the first Bear off the court when he breezed by Jason Morgenstern, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6. The Demon Deacons gained their lone point of the day when Iain Atkinson upset No. 121 Attila Bucko, 6-1, 6-4, on court five. At the top court the fourth-ranked Lukacs easily downed 10th-ranked Cory Parr in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Mueller completed an impressive day by clinching the match for the Bears at No. 4 singles. He won the first set over Hopkins in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (4) then breezed to a 6-2 second-set win.
"I thought the doubles wasn't particularly well played. We were fortunate to win it. We had to dig down and fight to get out of that point. In singles, we had a couple guys really play well. Which if you can do that and get some momentum, that's a big deal. Maros winning a 6-love first set was huge momentum. Denes was in control of his match the whole time," said Knoll.
#6 Baylor 4, #18 Wake Forest 1
NCAA Championships Round of 16
College Station, Texas - (Mitchell Tennis Center)
#6 Baylor 4, #18 Wake Forest 1
Order of finish: 6, 5, 1, 4
1. #4 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #10 Cory Parr (WAKE) 6-2, 6-2
2. #45 Jordan Rux (BU) vs. Steve Forman (WAKE) 6-3, 3-6, 2-1, unfinished
3. Julian Bley (BU) vs. Jon Wolff (WAKE) 3-6, 6-3, unfinished
4. #124 Dominik Mueller (BU) def. David Hopkins (WAKE) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
5. Iain Atkinson (WAKE) def. #121 Attila Bucko (BU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Jason Morgenstern (WAKE) 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #6 Cory Parr/Steve Forman (WAKE) def. #18 David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) 8-3
2. #64 Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Carlos Salmon/Iain Atkinson (WAKE) 8-3
3. Julian Bley/Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Jon Wolff/David Hopkins (WAKE) 9-7