May 22, 2008
TULSA, Okla. -
TULSA, Okla. - Baylor's Lars Poerschke and Denes Lukacs both won their round of 32 matches in the NCAA Tennis Championships singles tournament on Thursday at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center and will compete in the round of 16 on Friday.
Poerschke, the tournament's No. 7 seed and ranked No. 8 nationally, had an easier time of it in the round of 32 than he did in the round of 64. After securing a three-set victory on Wednesday, the Buseck, Germany, native, moved on to the round of 16 with a straight-sets victory on Thursday over 27th-ranked Alexey Tsyrenov of Auburn, 7-5, 6-4.
The ninth-ranked Lukacs, making his first appearance in the individual portion of the NCAA tournament, quickly disposed of No. 45 Albert Larregola of Virginia Tech, 6-2, 6-2, extending the sophomore's win streak to 16 matches. The victory raises Lukacs' season record to 46-9 and he now owns a 24-8 record against ranked opponents this season.
In Friday's upcoming round of 16 action, Poerschke will take on 19th-ranked Justin Kronauge of Ohio State, a 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 winner over Jack Baker of South Alabama. Poerschke and Kronauge have met previously this season when the Buckeye posted a victory (1-6, 5-3) after Poerschke retired from the match due to injury.
Lukacs will face sixth-ranked and sixth-seeded Robert Farah of Southern California who defeated Ryan Rowe of Illinois, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6.
"We did a nice job working our way through today's matches. We didn't waste much energy and handled ourselves well. The level of competition will continue to go up tomorrow so we'll have to be ready," said head coach Matt Knoll.
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