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Men's Tennis Hits Road to Face No. 10 Virginia

Diego Galeano

Feb. 28, 2014


#10 Virginia (6-1) vs. #8 Baylor (8-2)
Saturday, March. 1, 2014 | 11 p.m. CT
Charlottesville, Va. | Snyder Tennis Center

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WACO, Texas -The eighth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team (8-2) will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to square off against last year's NCAA Champions and 10th-ranked Virginia (6-1) at the Snyder Tennis Center Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.

"Virginia will be a huge test for us," head coach Matt Knollsaid. "They have beat us the last few times that they have played us. They have one of the best programs in the country right now and their record over the last five years or so has been spectacular. It will be a huge challenge for us. We will have our hands full, but we are excited."

Saturday's match will be the Bears' first true road match of the season, after only leaving Waco to compete in the ITA Indoor Championships in Houston earlier this month. Baylor enters the weekend coming off a 4-0 win over No. 26 Mississippi on Sunday.

The Bears currently have four singles competitors ranked in the latest ITA poll. Julian Lenz, Patrick Pradella, Diego Galeano and Michel Dornbuschare ranked No. 6, 13, 18 and 110 respectively.

Virginia has four singles competitors ranked including No. 4 Mitchell Frank, No. 73 Mac Styslinger, No. 77 Jordan Daigle and No. 92 Alex Domijan.

The Cavaliers enter the match against the Bears after having two weeks off following a loss to Ohio State at the ITA Indoor Championships. Virginia leads Baylor 6-3 and has won in the last five meetings between the teams.

"We have to worry about ourselves," said Knoll. "We have recruited guys who have had a lot of success. They have a pretty high confidence level and I don't feel like we go into any match or any situation where we feel like we have to play catchup. I think we have to come out there and be ourselves and execute our game."

Following the match against Virginia, the Bears will be off until March 9 when the Bears will travel to face second-ranked USC in Los Angeles, followed by a March 12 matchup with No. 4 UCLA. The Bears will then compete in the Oracle Collegiate Cup in Indian Wells, Calif., where they will meet up with No. 9 California and No. 7 Illinois.

For the latest information on the Baylor men's tennis team, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorMTennis.



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