Lars Poerschke sports a 13-2 record at No. 1 singles this season.
Feb. 26, 2008
WACO, Texas - Baylor's ninth-ranked men's tennis team will put its 19-match home win streak on the line when the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes visit the Baylor Tennis Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 3:00 p.m.
"Having the No. 2 team in the country playing in Waco is a special opportunity for our fans to see the best of college tennis. We know they are super talented and well coached so we have our work cut out for us," said head coach Matt Knoll.
The Bears, led by three ranked singles players, will bring a 9-2 record into the match when the Buckeyes, 11-1, come to Waco. Sophomore Denes Lukacs, with a 28-7 overall record and 13-6 mark against ranked opponents, owns Baylor's top ranking at No. 12 while two-time All-American Lars Poerschke, 13-2 on the season, entered the rankings at No. 17. The Bears' final ranked player is No. 57 David Galic, a junior.
Ohio State's lone loss this season came at the hands of top-ranked Virginia, 4-1, in the finals of the ITA National Indoor Championships. The Buckeyes have four singles players and three doubles teams ranked among the nation's top 80. They are led by 14th-ranked Justin Kronauge, while Bryan Koniecko is No. 15, Steven Moneke is No. 29 and Drew Eberly checks in at No. 80. In doubles, Eberly and Kronauge rank No. 5, Koniecko and Moneke are No. 13 and Matt Allare and Mike O'Connell sit at No. 27.
The series between Baylor and Ohio State is tied at 1-1. The Bears downed Ohio State 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2004 NCAA Championships, Baylor went on to claim the national championship that season. Last year, the Buckeyes claimed a 4-2 win over Baylor in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
After dropping from No. 4 to No. 11 in last week's ITA poll, the Bears moved back among the top 10, checking in at No. 9 this week after posting a 7-0 win over Kentucky.
Live scoring of the match will be provided at www.baylorbears.com
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