March 16, 2012
WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's tennis team remains on the road as they travel to Tennessee and Kentucky to take on the 24th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers and the seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.
Baylor will play in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. (CT) and in Lexington, Ky., on Monday, March 19 at 11 a.m. (CT).
The 38th-ranked Bears are 9-6 on the season after defeating No. 52 Purdue, 7-0, and losing to No. 4 UCLA,6-1. Both matches were played in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Bears are led on the season by 33rd-ranked freshman Mate Zsiga's 25-4 season mark; he is 11-1 in dual match play, all at the No. 1 spot and has won six straight matches. Junior Roberto Maytin, ranked No. 82, owns the team's second-best singles record at 18-10, including an 8-5 dual match record. Senior Julian Bley, playing at No. 5 and 6 singles, owns the team's second-longest win streak at four matches. Maytin and Zsiga, ranked No. 78, are the team's top doubles tandem, playing at No. 1, the pair are 11-5 on the season and 9-4 in dual match play. Krickovic and sophomore Robert Verzaal own the team's second-best doubles mark at 7-6 on the season and a 7-5 dual match mark.
For the third time this season, Baylor head coach Matt Knoll is coaching against a former assistant. Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham served as an assistant coach at Baylor. The Volunteers, 8-9 on the season, are coming into the match fresh off a 4-3 upset victory over No. 12 Mississippi State. The Vols are led by 51st-ranked Mikelis Libietis' 16-7 record. Libietis and Hunter Reese, ranked No. 7 in doubles, sport an 18-4 season mark. Tennessee leads the series with the Bears 5-2, Baylor upset the then-No. 1 ranked Tennessee squad in Waco last year, 4-3.
The Kentucky Wildcats have six singles players and one doubles team ranked. Eric Quigley leads the Wildcats with a No. 5 ranking while Alex Musialek is No. 21, Anthony Rossi is No. 28, Alejandro Gomez checks in at No. 99, Tom Jomby is No. 101 and Panay Jha completes Kentucky's singles rankings at No. 116. The doubles tandem of Jha and Quigley are ranked No. 17. Baylor leads the series with Kentucky, 7-0, this will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2008 season.