Sept. 20, 2013
WACO, Texas – Baylor men’s tennis advanced five competitors to the round of 16 in the Baylor HEB Intercollegiate on Friday at the Jim and Nell Hawkins Indoor Facility.
The event was scheduled to be played at the Hurd Tennis Center, but was moved indoors due to rain.
In first round singles, No. 79 Tony Lupieri topped Louisiana’s Jake Wynan, 6-4, 6-4. Top seeded and 16th-ranked Patrick Pradella got past UT Arlington’s Carlos Arbiza 6-2, 6-1, while No. 60 Mate Zsiga advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Thomas Stillman of UTSA.
Diego Galeano recorded a 6-1, 6-0 win over Daniel Echeverry of UT Arlington. The country’s 38th-ranked player and the tournament No. 2 seed Julian Lenz was the last Baylor player to advance with a straight set 6-0, 6-0 win over Oklahoma’s Sam Grey.
Freshman Vince Schneider dropped the first match of his collegiate career with a 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4) loss to sixth-seeded and 99th-ranked Alvaro Nazal of Gonzaga.
In doubles play two of the three Baylor teams advanced. The No. 54 pairing of Diego Galeano and Mate Zsiga got past Mauricio Lopez and Damian Fairinola of Louisiana-Lafayette, 8-4. BU’s Julian Lenz and Tony Lupieri then made quick work of UT Arlington’s Francesco Migliano and Stefan Williams winning 8-2.
Baylor’s third and final pairing of Patrick Pradella and Vince Schneider dropped their match against ULL’s Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson by a score of 8-6.
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Lenz recorded a 20-2 game record on the day in combined doubles and singles competition including a perfect 12-0 mark in singles play.
“I thought our guys fought hard. I thought they competed well and I thought you saw that we had a seasoned team for the most part. All the guys were a little nervous frankly, playing in their first match. I think it is a little challenging getting out there and keeping score for the first time. We are just coming out of our preseason training phase and we have been really pushing them hard physically and I think the guys did a great job and adapted well. I think they are still a little beat up for this time of the year. We will play way better in the next few weeks. We needed this now and it has been great.” – Matt Knoll, head coach
The second day action of the HEB Intercollegiate will begin Saturday 8 a.m. starting with the quarterfinal round of doubles competition, which will be followed by the round of 16 in singles competition.
For the latest results and schedule visit: http://texas.tournaments.usta.com/Tournaments/Common/Default.aspx and use tournament ID #: 800044213