WACO, Texas - Baylor men's tennis junior Diego Galeano claimed his third upset-victory in two days en route to being crowned the USTA/ITA Texas Regional singles champion on Tuesday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The ninth-seeded Galeano got past third-seeded and 56th-ranked Shane Vinsant of Texas A&M, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, to earn a spot in the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to be held Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, New York.
Galeano dropped the first set of the day and fell behind 3-0 in the second set, before mounting a momentous come back. On the brink of falling into a 4-0 hole in the second set, Galeano battled back from two breaks in the fourth game of the set to start the turnaround.
In the third set with the score tied 4-4, Galeano and Vinsant each held with the BU junior taking a 6-5 advantage. Galeano then broke Vinsant in the final game to claim the victory.
Galeano is now 11-2 on the year and has won seven straight matches.
The Asuncion, Paraguay, native now joins two Baylor teammates, No. 38 Julian Lenz and No. 16 Patrick Pradella, in qualifying for the national event.
- Galeano won six matches over four days of play to earn the singles title.
- Galeano won his final three matches of the event all in three sets.
- Galeano knocked off four ranked opponents in the event and holds a 5-2 record vs. ranked foes this year.
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3 - The number of singles player that will represent Baylor at the UTSA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships this year. BU last sent three singles competitors to the event in 2002 when Benjamin Becker, Benedikt Dorsch, and Zoltan Papp competed.
"I thought Diego competed incredibly well today. It started in the morning workouts. He came in with a different kind of energy level. He has changed his body. He is working harder. He is eating differently. He is getting his rest. He is being more focused and more disciplined. He really deserves it and I am happy that all of that hard work and commitment have paid off now." - head coach Matt Knoll on Galeano's performance
Select Baylor players are slated to take part in the Pensacola Futures, Oct. 27-Nov. 3, in Pensacola, Fla.
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