April 10, 2014
WACO, Texas - The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team (19-4, 2-0) puts its undefeated Big 12 record on the line with matches against fourth-ranked Oklahoma and No. 24 Oklahoma State over the next three days.
BU will face the Sooners (18-2, 1-1) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Norman, Okla., at the Headington Family Tennis Center, before traveling to Stillwater, Okla., on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest vs. the Cowboys (20-3, 1-1) at the Greenwood Tennis Center.
"We are only thinking about Oklahoma," head coach Matt Knoll said. "They have beaten us twice in a row and we know how good they are. It is not all that often that we are the underdogs and that is what we are in that match. That is going to be a big challenge for us and we are looking forward to it."
Baylor enters the weekend on an 11-match win streak, following a 6-1 win over TCU on Tuesday. The Bears have not lost since March 9 at No. 5 USC. BU is 2-2 in true road matches, 5-4 away from Waco and 13-4 vs. ranked opponents this season.
The Bears have four singles participants ranked in the latest ITA poll including second ranked Julian Lenz. Patrick Pradella, Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri also represent the Bears in the rankings checking in at No. 15, 29 and 102 respectively. Lenz has racked up an impressive 19-1 record in singles play, including a 12-1 mark in the No. 1 singles spot.
Oklahoma also has four singles competitors ranked including Guillerma Alcorta, Axel Alvarez Llamas, Dane Webb and Andrew Harris who are ranked No. 5, 6, 40 and 44, respectively. The Sooners, who are the current Big 12 Conference leaders and last season's Big 12 Tournament Champions, enter the match following a 6-1 win over No. 41 Tulsa.
Baylor and Oklahoma are tied in the all-time series between the two teams at 19-19, but the Sooners have won the last two meetings including a 4-3 win against the Bears earlier this season as part of the ITA Indoor Championships.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys are led by No. 86 Jakob Sude, and 21st-ranked doubles pairing of Sude and Arjun Kadhe.
Baylor leads in the all-time record against the Cowboys, 21-8, including a 21-3 mark in the Matt Knoll era.
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