Nov. 5, 2010
FLUSHING, N.Y. - Senior John Peers was knocked out of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Friday at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The Melbourne, Australia, native dropped a three-set battle 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(6) to Texas A&M's Austin Krajicek in round of 16 action. The loss knocks the 28th-ranked Peers out of the 32-man singles draw as he finishes with a 1-1 record at the event. Peers took his first round match in straight sets, after being a a late entry into the tournament on Wednesday afternoon when Virginia's Michael Shabaz withdrew from the tournament.
"John played some incredible tennis, but fell just short," Baylor women's head coach Joey Scrivano said. "He only lost his serve one time the whole match, so that is impressive. I'm sure John will come away with a lot from this match."
The loss drops Peers to 10-4 in fall play as he finishes with a 3-4 mark against ranked opponents. Peers and the 12th-ranked Krajicek split their two matches against each other in fall play.
Bley, a junior, won his opening round match in the 32-man singles draw over Yauheni Yakauleau of the University of Texas-Arlington, 6-2, 6-3. Bley was then knocked out of the tournament by Alexis Klegou of Texas A&M in the round of 16, 6-2, 6-1. The 1-1 mark in the event leaves Bley with a 5-4 record in four fall college tournaments.
"Not much changed in Julian's game from match to match," assistant men's coach Chris Brandi said. "It was just a bad matchup for him in the second contest. Klegou is a really physical player and there were some really long points, which usually favors Julian, but he ran into one of the more stronger and bigger guys in college tennis. The guy was just a little better than him today."
The sixth-seeded Maytin, was beaten in first round action by Colin Hoover of Texas A&M 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. The loss pushed Cali, Columbia, product into the consolation bracket where he was beaten by Phillip Seifert of Rice, 6-7, 6-3, 1-0(8). The two losses give the sophomore a 6-6 mark in fall play.
"Roberto just didn't have a very good matchup in the first round," Brandi said. "He managed to win the first set not playing his best tennis, but he just couldn't quite get over the hump and Hoover played better in the third set than he had all match long. In the second match, Roberto took the first set again, but then dug himself too big of hole. He still needs to work on his focus level in matches."
The final member of the trio, freshman Verzaal, also lost his opening round contest to Niall Angus of Texas A&M, 6-4, 6-3. In first round consolation play, Verzaal was forced to retire from his match against Texas Tech's Raphael Pfister with an injury.
"Woody (Verzaal) has done a really good job," Brandi said. "I think of all of our guys he has probably improved the most of anybody this fall. He still has a long way to go, but he is on the right track."
Baylor's lone doubles team of Maytin and Verzaal also fell in its first round match to Florida's Michael Alford and Andrew Butz, 9-7.
USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships
Nov 05, 2010 at Flushing, New York
(Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
r16 #12 Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. #28 John Peers (Baylor) 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 7-6 (8-6)
Nov 05, 2010 at Austin, Texas
(Penick-Allison Tennis Center)
r32 Julian Bley (Baylor) def. Yauheni Yakauleau (University of Texas-Arlington) 6-2, 6-3
r32 Colin Hoover (Texas A&M) def. Roberto Maytin (Baylor) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
r32 Niall Angus (Texas A&M) def. Robert Verzaal (Baylor) 6-4, 6-3
r16 Alexis Klegou (Texas A&M) def. Julian Bley (Baylor) 6-2, 6-1
cr1 Phillip Seifert (Rice) def. Roberto Maytin (Baylor) 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
cr1 Raphael Pfister (Texas Tech) def. Robert Verzaal (Baylor) 6-4, 5-4, retired
r32 Michael Alford/Andrew Butz (Florida) def. Roberto Maytin/Robert Verzaal (Baylor) 9-7