May 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – Baylor men’s tennis junior Diego Galeano recorded a victory in his opening round match of the NCAA Singles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Wednesday.
The 31st-ranked Galeano triumphed in a three-set battle vs. No. 34 Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee to advance into the round of 32. After dropping the opening set, 7-6(3), Galeano responded to take sets two and three, 7-5 and 6-3, to claim the victory. Galeano improves to 29-12 on the season with win.
Baylor’s two other competitors in the field of 64 both fell in the opening round of play.
Sophomore Julian Lenz, ranked No. 3, dropped his first round match for a second straight season. He was beaten by No. 54 Andrew Adams of South Carolina, 6-1, 6-3. Lenz, who was named the ITA National Player to Watch on Tuesday concludes the season with a 35-8 singles mark.
In his final Baylor singles match, No. 14 Patrick Pradella was unable to avoid the upset, coming up short to 24th-ranked Greg Andrews of Notre Dame, 6-4, 6-4. The senior ends his Baylor career with a 41-16 singles record in two years in Waco. He was 21-10 in his final season.
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- Galeano had lost two of his previous three matches overall and three of his last four vs. ranked opponents before winning Wednesday.
- Galeano is now 11-9 on the year against ranked foes.
STAT OF THE DAY
2011 - The last time Baylor advanced a player to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships (John Peers).
Galeano will now face 38th-ranked Leandro Toledo of Minnesota on Thursday in the second round at a time to be announced. Toledo upset sixth-ranked Alex Domijan (Virginia) on Wednesday. In doubles action, Pradella and Mate Zsiga will face Ian Dempster and Robbie Mudge of North Carolina State on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. CT in the opening round of the 32-team doubles draw.