Sept. 21, 2012
WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's tennis team enjoyed a successful first day of play in the 12th-annual Baylor HEB Intercollegiate at the Hurd Tennis Center on Friday.
"We got in a lot of tennis today and that is what we needed," head coach Matt Knoll said. "I think we competed well across the board. The level of tennis will pick up tomorrow, but getting to be out there and getting reps is exactly what we needed."
Three Bears, top-seed and seventh-ranked sophomore Mate Zsiga, fourth-seeded freshman Julian Lenz and sophomore Marko Krickovic advanced to the round of 16 by each winning two matches on the day.
Zsiga, who won last year's Baylor HEB Intercollegiate, toppled Rice's Leif Berger in the first round, 6-1, 6-2, and then Luis Hernandez of Laredo Community College, 6-1, 6-3 in round two. Lenz earned his first collegiate win by downing UT Arlington's Sebestian Erimiciou, 6-0, 6-1. He then bested Louisiana-Lafayette's Hunter Johnson in the second round, 6-3, 6-2. Krickovic opened with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Juan Escobar of Southern Miss and completed his day by getting past Carlos Arbiza of UTA, 6-3, 6-2.
All three players will compete in the round of 16 of the singles bracket on Saturday morning. Zsiga will face Paulo Alvarado of Southern Mississippi, Lenz plays DePaul's Filip Dzanko and Krickovic will take on the event's third-seed in Japie De Klerk of Tulsa. The round of 16 winners will play quarterfinal matches that are set to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The two other Baylor's players in the singles draw were knocked out of competition on day one. Junior Robert Verzaal won his first match, but lost in the round of 32, while sophomore Robbie Korth lost his first round match.
In doubles action, the second-seeded duo of Zsiga and Lenz and the third-seeded tandem of Krickovic and Verzaal both advanced to the tournament's quarterfinals.
"Our two doubles teams looked like doubles teams in terms of the way they communicated," Knoll said. "We haven't practiced doubles yet, so hopefully we can just keep playing matches and getting better."
On Saturday, doubles quarterfinal action begins at 8 a.m. with Zsiga and Lenz facing Filip Dzanko and Mathias Hamback of DePaul. Krickovic and Verzaal will be taking on Brandon Fickey and Taylor Patrick of Tennessee. The winners from the quarterfinal action will advance to play in the semifinals scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
"We will have a lot more tennis tomorrow and hopefully we will win a little more than we lose," Knoll said.
For complete draws and updated results, visit: TennisLink.UTSA.com and enter Tournament ID Code: 800035512.