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Men's Tennis Set to Host No. 26 Mississippi

Vince Schneider

Feb. 22, 2014


#26 Mississippi (1-2) vs. #7 Baylor (7-2)
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 | 1 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Hurd Tennis Center

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WACO, Texas -The seventh-ranked Baylor men's tennis eam (7-2) will host No. 26 Mississippi (1-2) Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.

"This is a big match for us," head coach Matt Knollsaid. "Coming off two losses at the Indoors we need to be ready to play better. We need to take the lessons we learned from the matches there. We have a lot of respect for Ole Miss. They are a great team and this is another great opportunity for us."

The Bears will be playing their first match outdoors since Jan. 26, when BU faced No. 28 Auburn. Baylor has played their last seven matches on indoor courts, including three last weekend as part of the ITA Indoor Championships held in Houston.

"We are built to be an outdoor team," said Knoll. "We recruit to play outdoors and we train to play outdoors. The whole identity of our program is to play outdoors and we are thrilled to be outside where we feel the most comfortable."

Baylor is led by a trio of ranked players on the singles side. Julian Lenz, Patrick Pradella and Diego Galeanoare all ranked No. 6, 9, and 18 respectively in the latest ITA rankings.

Baylor enters Sunday's match on a two-match losing streak with both losses coming in last weekend's indoor championships. After falling to No. 4 USC last Saturday to be ousted from the main draw of the event, the Bears then went on to lose to No. 8 Oklahoma in the consolation round of the event on Sunday morning.

The Rebels enter Sunday's match led by No. 31 Nik Scholtz who is the lone Mississippi player ranked in the latest ITA singles rankings.

Baylor trails in the all-time record between the two teams 1-3 including a 1-2 record in the Knoll era. The last meeting between the teams was last season when the Bears traveled to Oxford to face the Rebels who were ranked No. 4 nationally. After losing the doubles point, the Bears were unable to gain momentum and dropped the match 4-2.

Live scoring and a live blog will be available throughout Sunday's match, as well as streaming video. All of this can be found on

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