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Match Preview: Men's Tennis at Texas Tech

March 5, 2001

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#20 Baylor (5-2, 2-0) at Texas Tech (3-4, 0-0)
Tuesday, March 6, 2001, 1 p.m., Lubbock, Texas

The 20th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will ride a five-match win streak west to Lubbock as the Bears face Texas Tech Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The Bears, in the midst of playing seven of nine matches on the road to open the year, have won their last five matches since opening the year at 0-2. The Red Raiders snapped a three-match losing streak last Tuesday with a 6-0 win over Centenary.

Last year, then-No. 8 Baylor slipped past then-No. 56 Texas Tech 4-3 in Waco. Baylor ace Johann Jooste won in three sets over Borut Martincevic at the No. 1 spot in the final match on court to give Baylor the win.

Baylor is 5-1 against Texas Tech under head coach Matt Knoll, with the lone loss coming back in 1996. The Bears are 2-0 in Lubbock since the inception of the Big 12.

Team notes:
The Baylor men have won 22 matches in a row at home, dating back to April 17, 1998, when the Bears lost to Texas A&M in the final match of the regular season.

Baylor has won 17 of its last 18 regular season matches against Big 12 opponents, including an active streak of 11 straight.

The Bears' No. 21 ranking (2/21) was the team's lowest ranking at any point since the team finished the 1998 season ranked 26th.

Baylor's 0-2 start was the team's worst start since 1992, when the team also opened 0-2. The Bears have not started 0-3 since 1980.

The two-match losing streak was Baylor's longest since 1998, when the Bears lost the final two matches of the season (Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals and NCAA first round).

The Baylor men's and women's tennis teams have both ranked in top 25 for the past 51 weeks, dating to March 15, 2000, when the Baylor women moved up to No. 18.

Individual notes:
Head Coach Matt Knoll: 86-48 in his sixth season, 78-32 at Baylor (in his fifth season)... His 75th win at Baylor came on the road against Tulane (2/11).

Csongor Bibza: Ranks fifth in school history in career singles wins (43)... Sixth in the Baylor record book in career doubles wins (65), three behind fifth-place Johannes Michalsky... Advanced to the B Singles quarterfinals of the Rice Invitational (1/19-1/20)... Beat No. 24 Rene-Charles Combette of Mississippi State in Starkville (1/27).

Zoltan Papp: Had a pre-fall ranking of No. 41, but dropped out of the poll after missing the fall due to injury (ACL tear)... Named preseason all-Big 12 in singles... Saw his first action of the spring (doubles only) against Lamar (1/31)... Returned to the singles lineup with a straight-set win at Tulane (2/11)... Has won his first four singles matches and his first four doubles matches since returning.

Mark Williams: Ranks second in school history with 83 career singles wins, 11 wins behind record-holder Johann Jooste, and is second in career doubles wins (75), four behind David Hodge... Earned his first career singles ranking in September (No. 68)... Suffered an injury against Mississippi State (1/27) which forced him to miss the match against Lamar (1/31) and continues to bother him... Named preseason all-Big 12 in singles.

Other Notes: Freshman Reiner Neurohr earned his first career singles ranking in December at No. 91... Freshman Cory Ross advanced to the C Singles Semifinals at the Rice Invitational (1/19-1/20)... Freshman Matias Marin has won his first five matches to begin his collegiate career.

Doubles notes:
The team of freshman Reiner Neurohr and senior Mark Williams earned a doubles ranking of No. 20 before ever playing a match together... Ranked as high as No. 4 (December 2000)... The pair was named preseason all-Big 12.

The team of Csongor Bibza and Cory Ross has settled in at the No. 2 spot, winning five straight matches twice this season and compiling a stellar 11-2 record.



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