Oct. 21, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Baylor men's tennis team got strong performances from Marko Krickovic and Julian Lenz on Sunday at the USTA/ITA Regional Championship at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
"Both Marko and Julian did some good things today," head coach Matt Knoll said. "I was really happy for both of them."
Ninth-seeded Krickovic defeated Texas's Ben Chen, 6-3, 7-6 in the round of 32 and then in the round of 16 upset eighth-seeded Jeremy Efferding of Texas A&M, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. The sophomore is now 8-2 on the year. He will face third-seeded and 46th-ranked Daniel Whitehead of Texas on Monday in the quarterfinals.
"Marko just fought hard today," Knoll said. "He played with a lot of heart and did a great job working through his matches. He got off to a poor start in his second match and got behind and did a great job to fight back."
Lenz, the event's 14th-seed, swept past Adam Gustafsson of Rice, 6-3, 6-2, in the round of 32 and then took down TCU's Will Stein, 6-1, 6-1, to make the quarterfinals. The freshman has not a lost at the tournament to improve his fall singles record to 8-2. He will face 10th-seeded Facundo Lugones of TCU in the next round on Monday.
"Julian is working to make some changes in his game," Knoll said. "He made some good progress on that today. He had a clean day and did a good job of fighting through everything."
After a successful first day of doubles play, both Baylor duos of Julian Lenz and Mate Zsiga and Marko Krickovic and Robert Verzaal were eliminated from the tournament on Sunday. The sixth-seeded pair of Lenz and Zsiga defeated TCU's Stein and JT Sundling 8-4, in the round of 16. The duo then moved on to the quarterfinals to face the tournament's overall No. 1 seed and the country's eighth-ranked tandem of Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas and lost 8-6. Krickovic and Verzaal weren't able to get past Jacoby Lewis and Sudanwa Sitaram of Texas in the round of 16, losing 8-6.
"We have some things in doubles that we have to do better," Knoll said. "I thought we showed some improvement, but we were just not quite good enough today. However, we are way ahead of where we were a few weeks ago."
In the consolation draw, both Robbie Korth and Verzaal were able to pull off victories in the round of 32. Korth defeated Texas A&M's Behzad Minavi 6-2, 6-3, while Verzaal took care of Bruno Snyder of Lamar 3-6, 6-3, 10-3. Zsiga withdrew from his match against Soren Goritzka of UTA. In the round of 16, Korth downed UTSA's Tyler Brown 6-3, 7-5, as Verzaal lost to Joey Swaysland of Texas 7-6, 6-2.
"It was big for Robbie to get a few wins today," Knoll said. "It is tough to not have as much success as you would like, but for him to have a little bit of success is good for the whole program."
Korth will play his consolation quarterfinal match against TCU's Sebastian Erimiciouiu on Monday.
For updated draws and results, check out: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=131374#AA.