Feb. 8, 2007
WACO, Texas - The No. 8 Baylor men's tennis team will host a pair of California schools this weekend at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Bears open the weekend against third-ranked UCLA on Saturday and conclude the weekend against No. 27 Stanford on Sunday with both matches starting at 12 p.m.
The Baylor/Stanford match is being billed as the HP Cup. Hewlett Packard CEO Mark Hurd is a former Baylor tennis player and the HP headquarters are located near the Stanford campus. A trophy will be presented to the winning school and a 60-minute highlight show from the match will be televised by the Tennis Channel at a later date.
"The partnership between Hewlett-Packard, Stanford, and Baylor is truly a unique and special one in the world of collegiate tennis," said head coach Matt Knoll. "Bringing these three great organizations together in this annual event will showcase the best of college tennis. Hosting the first annual HP Cup will be a special day for our program."
The Bears enter the weekend 4-1overall this season and 2-0 at home. After suffering its first loss of the season last weekend at Florida, Baylor dropped to No. 8 nationally in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings. UCLA, which won the 2005 NCAA title with a 4-3 victory over the Bears at College Station, Texas, enters the match with a perfect record of 5-0 on the season while Stanford is 0-3.
In individual rankings, Baylor outweighs the competition with four players ranked in the top 100 in singles including No. 17 Michal Kokta, No. 53 Dominik Mueller, No. 56 Lars Poerschke and No. 66 Denes Lukacs. In doubles, the Bears' David Galic and Matt Brown tied at the No. 44 spot.
Among the competition, UCLA holds two top 30 rankings with Benjamin Kohlloeffel listed at the No. 5 and Chris Surapol holding the No. 27 spot. Stanford has two players ranked in the top 100 from the fall including Matt Bruch at the No. 10 spot and No. 47 James Wan.
In doubles action, UCLA's duo of Mathieu Dehaine and Jeremy Drean is ranked No. 18 while the tandem of Surapol and Kohlloeffel are tied at the No. 44 spot. Stanford's team of Paul Morrissey and Blake Mueller are ranked No. 32.
After the two weekend matches, the Bears' next action will be in the 16-team USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Illinois at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago February 16-19 (Friday-Monday).
Live results of the UCLA and Stanford matches will be posted at www.baylorbears.com.