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Men's Tennis Opens Big 12 Play At Texas Tech

Jordan Rux

Jordan Rux
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No. 16 Baylor (11-3) at No. 17 Texas Tech(13-5)
 March 27, 2011 | 1 p.m. CST
| Lubbock, Texas | McLeod Tennis Center
Live Scoring: TexasTech.com
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Riding a three-match win streak, the 16th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will kick-off Big 12 play by traveling to face No. 17 Texas Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas.

In its last match out, Baylor (11-3) posted a 5-2 victory over No. 8 Stanford on Tuesday night. The win was Baylor's ninth victory in its last 10 contests. Texas Tech (13-5) has won six straight of its own as conference play begins.

The match is the first leg of a three-match road trip for Baylor with matches against Nebraska and Texas to come over the next two weeks. This season on the road the Bears are 1-1 with a loss at No. 9 Florida and win against No. 71 SMU.

Live scoring Sunday's match will be available on BaylorBears.com from TexasTech.com.

BAYLOR AGAINST BIG 12 CONFERENCE COMPETITION: Since the founding of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, the Bears have produced an 86-15 mark in league play, including a 56-4 record over the last nine years. In the 14 years, Baylor has won nine Big 12 regular season titles and seven Big 12 Championship titles. During that span, the Bears have finished with a perfect league record seven times. In the five times that they did not win the conference, the Bears finished second three times, third once and eighth once.

BAYLOR IN BIG 12 OPENERS: The Bears are 11-3 in the first match of conference play with their three losses coming in 1997, 1998 and 2010. Before last season's 6-1 defeat at Texas A&M, the Bears had rolled off 11 straight conference opening wins. In conference openers on the road, Baylor is 7-2.

BAYLOR VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: During Knoll's time in Waco, Baylor has played 337 ranked opponents with the Bears going 253-84 in those matches. This season the Bears have played or are currently scheduled to play 15 ranked teams and seven of the other nine schools inside the ITA preseason top 10. Last season, the Bears were 16-7 against teams in the ITA's rankings of the top 75 college teams, so far this season they are 6-3 in such matches.

RANKED BEARS: In the latest ITA team rankings released on March 22, the Bears jumped 15 places to No. 16, after defeating No. 1 Tennessee and No. 28 Louisville. Before the wins the Bears were ranked No. 31, the lowest ranking for BU since being ranked No. 31 in April 2001. Baylor has been ranked as high as No. 7 to start the season. Individually, Baylor has three singles players ranked in the ITA top 125 as senior John Peers is ranked No. 27 with a 11-3 record in dual-match play, sophomore Roberto Maytin, who has a 10-2 mark in dual-match play, is ranked 96th and junior Kike Grangeiro (11-2) is now ranked No. 99. The Bears also have a doubles team listed in the rankings with Peers and Maytin partnering together to be ranked seventh, after posting a 10-2 record to start the season.

SINGLES STREAKS & TRENDS: Senior John Peers snapped a three-match losing streak in his last match out as he posted his biggest win of the season: a straight victory over No. 10 Bradley Klahn of Stanford. Now Peers is 11-3 in 13 matches at No. 1 and one match at No. 2. The rest of Baylor's singles lineup has been influx throughout the year. As part of the changes Roberto Maytin has played at three different positions, but has recorded a 10-2 mark with eight wins in his last nine matches. Kike Grangeiro has also played well for the Bears with an 11-2 record competing at the five and six spots.

DOUBLES STREAKS & TRENDS: BU has gotten consistent play throughout the dual-match season from all three of its doubles teams. At the top of the lineup, Roberto Maytin and John Peers are 10-2, at the No. 2 spot Sergio Ramirez and Jordan Rux are 8-3, while at the bottom of the lineup Julian Bley and Kike Grangeiro have a 12-1 mark. Overall, Baylor has won 12 straight doubles points and has swept doubles seven times this year.

LAST TIME OUT: Baylor continued its domination of Stanford with a 5-2 win over the eighth-ranked Cardinal on Tuesday at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Bears have never lost to Stanford owning an 11-0 mark over the Cardinal in a series that dates back to 1999. In the match, the Bears won the doubles point for a 12th-consecutive match and then used singles wins from Roberto Maytin, Kike Grangeiro, John Peers and Sergio Ramirez to clinch the contest. Peers recorded the biggest upset of the evening as he took down defending NCAA singles champion and 10th-ranked Bradley Klahn in straight sets.

LOOKING AHEAD: After opening Big 12 play at Texas Tech, the Bears will play the second contest of a three-match road trip as they travel to No. 41 Nebraska on Saturday, April 2 at 3 p.m. The Bears hold a 21-0 mark against the Cornhuskers in the Big 12 era and a 21-3 record overall.

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH: The 17th-ranked Red Raiders enter Sunday's top-20 showdown having won their last six matches and eight out of nine. In its last match out Tech dispatched of UTSA, 6-1, on March 20. The Red Raiders opened the season by winning six of their first seven contests including a win against No. 19 Cal. After the hot start, Texas Tech lost its next three matches at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. In his 19th season at the helm of the Texas Tech program, Tim Siegel has a roster that features one senior, five juniors, four sophomores and no freshmen.

RANKED RED RAIDERS: Texas Tech is led by a pair of juniors, who are listed inside the top-25 of the latest ITA rankings. Gonzalo Escobar, who has a 12-5 record at No. 1 singles in dual-match play, is ranked No. 18, while Raony Carvalho is an undefeated 16-0 and ranked No. 21. In doubles, Carvalho teams with Rafael Garcia to be ranked No. 26, while Escobar is paired with Vitor Manzini to be listed at No. 42.

SERIES HISTORY: The Red Raiders hold a 25-23 advantage over the Bears in the all-time series, but since the formation of the Big 12 Conference and Matt Knoll's hiring the Bears have reeled off 16 straight wins. The last loss by Baylor in the series came in 1996 when Tech won 6-1 in Lubbock. In regular season Big 12 play the Bears own a 14-0 record over the Raiders, including a 8-0 mark in Waco and 6-0 mark in Lubbock.

LAST TIME AGAINST TEXAS TECH: For only the second time in the Big 12 era, Baylor and Texas Tech faced off on April 24, 2010 with both teams ranked inside the ITA top-15. However, a ninth-ranked Baylor squad cruised past the 13th-ranked Red Raiders, 6-1, in Waco on BU's Senior Day. The Bears swept all three doubles matches and then took five of the six singles matches to secure the win. With his singles win in the match Dominik Mueller tied Benjamin Becker for the most dual match wins in a career with 92. A record he would go on to break as he closed his career with 96 victories.

Quotes: Head Coach Matt Knoll

On Texas Tech:
"We know their guys. We see them all the time in fall tournaments and we play them every year of course, so we know who is out there. Their No. 1 guy beat John (Peers) very handily in the fall, so we know he is going to be in for a battle. Their No. 2 guy is undefeated and so he is incredibly difficult. He played No. 1 his first two years out there, so that is going to be a challenge. They really have got good players up and down, but certainly their strength seems to be at the top. We are going to be challenged to make sure we get a couple of those points."

On his team:
"Our theme has been to compete at all nine spots and we are going to try to continue to do that. Your execution improves with practice and with playing, if we can continue to improve we feel like by the end of the year we are going to be a pretty good team."

On if he looks at conference play differently than non-conference competition:
"We really don't differentiate. I think it is just another big match. It is just another match against a very good team. We know we are going to have to play well to win. One of the reasons we play such a stuff schedule is to get used to playing in big situations. This is another big situation. They have got another great team out there and we know we are going to have to play well to have a chance."

 

 

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