Oct. 20, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Baylor men's tennis team had a solid day of competition on Saturday, highlighted by singles wins from Marko Krickovic and Julian Lenz, at the USTA/ITA Regional Championship at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
Lenz swept past Javier Pujol of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 6-1, 6-3, while ninth-seeded Krickovic took care of UT Arlington's Sebestian Erimiciou, 6-2, 6-4.
"Julian and Marko both had solid performances," head coach Matt Knoll said. "They really controlled the first sets and were able to get out the door in two sets, which is a good start to the tournament for those guys."
On Sunday, Lenz will face Rice's Adam Guftafsson, while Krickovic faces 21st-seeded Ben Chen of Texas.
All five Baylor received a bye in the opening round, but Lenz and Krickovic were the only two to parlay that into second round victories.
Robert Verzaal fell to Yauheni Yakauleu of UT Arlington, 7-5, 6-3, Robbie Korth was beaten by 46th-ranked Daniel Whitehead of Texas, 6-2, 6-2, and the tournament's No. 1 seed and seventh-ranked Mate Zsiga was upset by Arturs Kazijevs of SMU, 7-5, 6-2.
"It was just a rough day for Mate," Knoll said. "He played a guy with a lot of talent, who will play No. 1 for SMU. Verzaal had played his opponent before this fall, so we felt like it would be a close match. He just lost his focus in the middle of the match and it ended up costing him the match."
Verzaal will take on Lamar's Bruno Snyder in consolation action, while Korth is slated to face Behzad Minavi of Texas A&M.
After receiving a bye in the opening round both of Baylor's doubles teams picked up victories to advance to the round of 16. The event's fourth-seeded tandem of Krickovic and Verzaal powered past TCU's Facundo Lugones and Blake Wiggins, 8-5. The other Baylor pair of Lenz and Zsiga, seeded No. 6, downed Texas' Andrew Korinek and Joey Swaysland, 8-6.
"Mate and Julian looked more like a team, which is what we have seen the last few days in practice," Knoll said. "They got through the first round against two pretty physical guys, which was awesome. Robert and Marko got off to a quick start with a break early and then held on to get the victory. That was a great start to the day."
Both duos will play round of 16 matches starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Krickovic and Verzaal will take on Jacoby Lewis and Sudanwa Sitaram of Texas, while Lenz and Zsiga will play Will Stein and JT Sundling of TCU.
For updated draws and results, check out: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=131374#AA.