May 21, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Baylor's men tennis team saw its season come after losing to fourth-ranked Ohio State, 4-2, in quarterfinal action of the NCAA Championships at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.
For only the third time this season the Bears failed to win the doubles point. John Peers and Roberto Maytin extended their win streak to 11 matches with their 8-3 win over Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt at No. 1 doubles but OSU's Balazs Novak and Blaz Rola countered with an 8-3 win over Julian Bley and Kike Grangeiro at No. 3 doubles. Despite holding a 5-3 lead on court two, Jordan Rux and Sergio Ramirez were overcome by Chase Buchanan and Shuhei Uzawa, 8-6, to clinch the point for the Buckeyes.
Buchanan, ranked No. 10, gave the Buckeyes their second point when he defeated 68th-ranked Ramirez in straight sets. Baylor put its two points on the board when Rux defeated Ille Van Engelen in straight sets and 102nd-ranked Maytin handed the 50th-ranked Allare just his second loss of the spring season with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph. Rux's win marked his 10th consecutive singles victory.
The Buckeyes claimed their final two points when Bley lost at No. 6 in straight sets and Peers, ranked No. 19, downed the fourth-ranked Rola in the first set 6-4 but lost the second set in a tiebreak, 7-6(8), but dropped the third set, 6-3.
"It's certainly disappointing. We felt like we had enough and we just left a little bit too much on the table," said Knoll. "We were up a break at No. 2 doubles and two break points to go up two breaks, and didn't get that. I thought we got a little tight and felt a little pressure at that position."
Baylor ends its season at 22-5 while Ohio State, who had not allowed a point in NCAA Tournament action prior to this match, raised its record to 34-2.
"It's ridiculous to be disappointed in the season this team had. This group of guys just did a fantastic job of fighting hard all the time and having a great year. There is nothing wrong with losing to a top-five team in the quarterfinals of the NCAA in a tight match. We won a conference championship again and these guys have a lot to be proud of. I am really proud of them."