Sept. 22, 2012
WACO, Texas - On the second day of action at the 12th-annual Baylor HEB Intercollegiate, the Baylor men's tennis team had three singles players and one doubles team remain undefeated at the Hurd Tennis Center.
"The past two days of tennis have been great," head coach Matt Knoll. "The guys have competed really hard. To have three guys in the singles semifinals and a team in the doubles finals is a great result. We certainly saw some things we need to improve on, but that's the purpose of this tournament."
Marko Krickovic, Julian Lenz and Mate Zsiga will all compete in the semifinal round of singles action on Sunday, while Krickovic and Robert Verzaal will take part in the doubles final at 8 a.m. The BU pair will face Tennessee's Jarryd Chaplin and Edward Jones, looking to become Baylor's seventh doubles champion in the tournament's 12-year history.
Saturday's action began with quarterfinal doubles play at 8 a.m. The second-seeded BU duo of Lenz and Zsiga quickly dispatched of DePaul's Filip Dzanko and Mathias Hambach, 8-1. The third-seeded tandem of Krickovic and Verzaal started its day with an 8-2 victory against Brandon Fickey and Taylor Patrick of Tennessee.
In semifinal action, Lenz and Zsiga fell behind Tennessee's Chaplin and Jones, 6-3, before battling back to tie the match at six games apiece. However, the Volunteer duo took the last two games to win, 8-6. Krickovic and Verzaal were behind 7-6 against Tulsa's Alejandro Espejo and Japie De Klerk, but the Baylor pair reeled off three straight games to advance to the finals, 9-7.
Between the two rounds of doubles matches, two rounds of singles action took place.
Krickovic opened with an upset of Tulsa's third-seeded and 76th-ranked De Klerk, 7-5, 7-6. In the quarterfinal round the sophomore bested Matt Frost of Southern Miss, 7-6(3), 6-3.
"Marko has stepped up his play and for him to have a good tournament so far is encouraging," Knoll said. "He still hasn't been quite as assertive and aggressive as I would like him to be, but he has found a way to win."
Lenz, a freshman, continued to play well, downing DePaul's Filip Dzanko 6-2, 7-5 and then powering past Tulsa's Espejo, 7-5, 6-2.
"Julian has played great," Knoll said. "He had a little lapse in his first match today where he played well in the first set and then didn't come out ready to go in the second as much, but he used his serve well to take the match."
BU's No. 1 seeded and seventh ranked Zsiga beat Paulo Alvarado of Southern Miss, 6-3, 6-1 and then cruised past Trpimir Kujundzic, 6-1, 6-2. The sophomore is looking to defend last season's singles title at the HEB Intercollegiate.
"Mate has done a good job taking care of business so far," Knoll said. "He hasn't really been pushed yet, but I think that is a credit to him."
On Sunday, Krickovic will meet Zsiga and Lenz will take on Tennessee's Hunter Reese in semifinal action. Baylor players have won seven of 11 previous singles titles at the Baylor HEB Intercollegiate.
For complete draws and updated results, visit: TennisLink.UTSA.com and enter Tournament ID Code: 800035512.