April 11, 2013
#12 Oklahoma (15-5, 2-0) vs. #15 Baylor (15-4, 1-0)
Friday, April 12, 2013 | 6 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Hurd Tennis Center
WACO, Texas - The 15th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will host defending Big 12 champion and 12th-ranked Oklahoma Friday at 6 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.
"Clearly, if you are going pick one match to come to this year this is it," head coach Matt Knoll said. "Oklahoma beat us twice last season and that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I think they do a great job with their guys and I feel like our guys are going to compete well and it will just be a great tennis match."
The Bears (15-4, 1-0) have won their last five matches with three of those wins coming over ranked teams. On Sunday, Baylor picked up a win in its first Big 12 match of the season, cruising past No. 38 Texas Tech, 6-1, in Lubbock, Texas. This season, BU is 11-2 at home and holds a 7-4 mark against nationally-ranked foes.
Baylor has five singles competitors ranked in the latest ITA rankings that were released Tuesday. Patrick Pradella, Julian Lenz, Tony Lupieri, Marko Krickovic and Mate Zsiga are ranked 29, 55, 74, 77 and 91, respectively.
Pradella enters the match against the Sooners riding a six-match win streak with four of those six wins playing in the No. 1 spot. That string of wins is second only to Lupieri's seven-match win streak. Pradella is 15-3 in dual-match play, while Lupieri a 14-3 record.
The Sooners (15-5, 2-0), who were picked to win the league in 2013, are currently on a four-match win streak, including a 7-0 sweep of conference opponent TCU in their last match out.
Oklahoma brings a talented lineup into the match with three singles competitors ranked including No. 23 Costin Paval, No. 38 Guillermo Alcorta and No. 53 Dane Web. OU also has two doubles pairings ranked in No. 27 Costin Paval and Dane Webb and No. 75 Axel Alvarez Llamas and Guillermo Alcorta.
Baylor currently leads in the all-time series with Oklahoma 18-17 including a 17-4 record against the Sooners in the Matt Knoll era. Oklahoma topped Baylor twice last year in route to a Big 12 regular season and tournament Championship.
For the match there is free admission, plus free popcorn to the first 250 fans in the stands. Live scoring, a live blog and live video of the match will be available on BaylorBears.com.
Following Friday's contest, Baylor will welcome Oklahoma State to the Hurd Tennis Center for a match at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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