Nov. 9, 2013
FLUSHING, New York- Baylor’s Patrick Pradella, will compete in the final of the consolation draw at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, after two wins on Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The 16th-ranked Pradella, now 9-3 on the season, began his day with a match against Oklahoma’s 44th-ranked Dane Webb. Pradella got off to an early lead claiming the first set 6-3, but had to battle back after a second set 4-6 loss to claim the match in the third set, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
With his second round win, Pradella faced No. 7 Nik Scholtz, who was bumped from the main draw by fellow Baylor teammate Julian Lenz. Pradella fought Scholtz off in the first set winning 7-5, before closing out the match in the second to advance to the final with a 7-5, 6-4 victory.
Pradella will face No. 6 Marcus Giron of UCLA in the final of the consolation round Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Baylor junior Diego Galeano (12-4), could not get past Giron in the second round of the consolation draw, falling by a score of 6-2, 7-5.
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“Patrick bounced back strong after his first round loss. He really improved his tennis today and he overcame some adversity in the first match and had a really clean match in the second. He is just really excited to play a final even if it is a consolation. He can win a title and finish the fall on a strong note.” – Assistant coach Dominik Mueller on Patrick Pradella.
“We have had an unbelievable fall. I think guys worked hard at the beginning of the season. They got in shape and they worked hard on the court. They got paid back for all of the hard work they put in at the beginning of the semester and that is the bottom line. If you work hard results will come and we can learn from this. We have to keep learning and keep working hard. They guys will have a little bit of a break after tomorrow, but then we have to come back and do the same thing in the spring.” – Mueller on the success of the team this fall