Sept. 30, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Baylor’s men’s tennis junior Mate Zsiga was the lone BU player to record a win in the first round of the ITA All-American Championships qualifying draw on Monday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The 60th-ranked Zsiga jumped out to an early lead in his match against Marco Nunez of Florida State, claiming the first set 6-2, before fighting off a strong comeback to win the second set 7-5 to secure a spot in the second round.
Junior Tony Lupieri fell in three sets to Bruno Semenzato of Duke. After dropping the first set 6-1, the 79th-ranked Lupieri recovered to win the second set 6-2. However, he was unable to sustain the momentum and fell in the third set 6-4.
Baylor junior Diego Galeano also got off to a slow start in his match against Becker O’Shaughnessey of Alabama, dropping his first set 6-0. Galeano pushed the Crimson Tide player in the second set, but ultimately came up short 7-5.
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With his win today Mate Zsiga snaps a two-match slide that began with a loss in the quarterfinal round of the HEB Intercollegiate.
TOP QUOTE #1:
“Mate got up a break early and pretty much preserved the break the whole first set. He got up a break again in the second and the guy got back on serve and Mate broke him. Mate had a really consistent day today. He got off to a good start and just kept up his level. He didn’t have a lot of ups and downs. I was really pleased with his performance and he really showed that he is an upper classman. He looked really poised today and that is something we are looking for.” – Baylor assistant coach Dominik Mueller
TOP QUOTE #2:
“We were struggling with slow starts at our own tournament last weekend and in the pre-qualifying round. It was the same thing with Tony and Diego today. They just got off to a slow start and that is something we have got to fix tomorrow and in the next couple of weeks of practice. Both of them will have a match tomorrow and they just have to get off to a better start. Against these opponents it is hard to bounce back from being a set down and I think both of them did a pretty good job of bouncing back, but unfortunately sometimes it is not enough when we fall too far behind and that is something we have got to fix.” – Baylor assistant coach Dominik Mueller
Mate Zsiga will face Francis Sargeant of BYU in the second round of the qualifying draw on Tuesday. Lupieri and Galeano will both be in action in the consolation bracket of the qualifying draw. Lupieri and sophomore Julian Lenz will start their run in the qualifying doubles draw with a match vs. Slim Hamza and Cedric Williams of Utah.
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