May 23, 2008
TULSA, Okla. - Baylor sophomore All-American Denes Lukacs advanced to the quarterfinals while Lars Poerschke, a three-time All-American, was eliminated on Friday afternoon in the round of 16 in the NCAA Tennis Championships singles tournament at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Lukacs, ranked No. 9, downed sixth-ranked Robert Farah of USC in straight sets on Friday, defeating the Trojan 7-5, 6-3. In three rounds of tournament action, Lukacs has not been pushed past two sets. The victory extended his singles win streak to 17 matches and raises his season record to 47-9. The sophomore from Eger, Hungary, will now face the tournament's top-seeded player, Somdev Devvarman of Virginia. Devvarman, 41-1 on the season, breezed past 22nd-ranked Erling Tveit of Mississippi, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals.
Poerschke, the tournament's No. 7 seed and ranked No. 8 nationally, fell to19th-ranked Justin Kronauge of Ohio State 6-3, 7-6 (4) in Friday's action. The Buseck, Germany, native ends his illustrious career as one of Baylor's top three tennis players. With his 119-43 career singles mark, Poerschke tied Benedikt Dorsch for second-most career singles win and is No. 3 on Baylor's dual match career singles victories with 75. His doubles mark of 102-29 ranks No. 3 on Baylor's career winning percentage list at .779 while the 102 victories rank him No. 2 on Baylor's list behind Benjamin Becker's 104.
"While his statistics are outstanding they don't begin to tell the story of what Lars has accomplished during his Baylor career. He is top shelf in every respect and will go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear the green and gold," said head coach Matt Knoll. "Denes played good solid match today against a strong opponent," Knoll added.
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