Feb. 29, 2012
WACO, Texas -
Baylor men's tennis team hosts matches at its Hurd Tennis Center for the first time in over a month when SMU, St. Edward's and Laredo Community College visit the campus.
Baylor will host SMU on Thursday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m., and will play the first of two double-headers this season with Saturday matches against St. Edward's (10 a.m.) and Laredo CC (5 p.m.).
The Bears, currently ranked No. 41 after dropping their last four matches, enter Thursday's contest with a 4-5 record while the SMU Mustangs are 3-3. Baylor has posted wins over Louisiana, New Mexico State, Florida State and suffered losses against five top 20 teams, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Stanford, No. 16 Auburn and No. 11 Texas A&M. The Mustangs' victories have come over UT-Pan American, Florida Gulf Coast and Lamar while their setbacks have come to Texas, Santa Clara and UC Santa Barbara.
Baylor leads the series with the Mustangs, 15-3, and has won 15 straight matches, including last year's, 6-1, win in Dallas.
Baylor is led on the season by 28th-ranked freshman Mate Zsiga's 20-4 season mark; he is 6-1 in dual match play. Junior Roberto Maytin, BU's other ranked singles player at No. 125, owns the team's second-best singles record at 15-8, including a 5-3 dual match record. Maytin and freshman Marko Krickovic are ranked No. 26 in doubles with a 5-2 record, but haven't played dual match competition together yet.
St. Edward's, a member of NCAA Division II and the Heartland Conference, enters the week with a 5-1 record, but will face both Collin County (March 1) and UA-Fort Smith (March 2) in Plano, Texas, before taking on the Bears. Baylor is 14-1 against the Hilltoppers, the two schools last met in 2010 with Baylor posting a 7-0 victory in Waco.
Saturday evening's matchup with the Laredo CC Palominos marks the third meeting between the two schools. Baylor posted a 5-2 win 2008 and a 7-0 victory in 2010. The Palominos, a six-time NJCAA national champion squad, enter the contest with a 2-2 record after posting wins over St. Mary's and Incarnate Word and suffering losses to Midwestern State and Trinity University.
Magnets and key tags with Baylor's schedule printed on them will be given away at the match.
Live scoring and live blog will be available for all three matches at Live Scoring