April 15, 2008
WACO, Texas -
UPCOMING MATCHES: The 14th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team, 17-7 on the season and atop the Big 12 standings at 3-0, will close out league play with three matches this week as it hosts No. 4 Texas (Wednesday, April 16), Nebraska (Friday, April 18) and No. 21 Texas Tech (Saturday, April 19). All matches will begin at 6 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center.
SENIOR SALUTE: Two seniors will be honored between doubles and singles on Saturday. Lars Poerschke, a two-time All-America selection, ranks No. 3 on Baylor's career singles win list with 114 (behind Benjamin Becker's 141 and Benedikt Dorsch's 119) and sits at No. 4 in career doubles wins with 94. Poerschke, currently ranked No. 20, is 15-5 on the season including a 10-5 dual match mark. Gwen Corches will play his final regular season match at home as well. The Laredo Community College transfer is 11-11 in singles this year, including a 10-8 dual match mark.
BAYLOR VS. TEXAS: The fourth-ranked Texas Longhorns enter the contest at 17-4 overall, 3-1 in Big 12 Conference action after suffering a 4-3 loss to Texas Tech. The Longhorns have five ranked players on their roster: #16 Dimitar Kutrovsky, #22 Kellen Damico, #48 Ed Corrie and #109 Luis Diaz Barriga. Three doubles tandems are ranked as well; #6 Diaz Barriga/Damico, #7 Damico/Corrie, #41 Diaz Barriga/Miguel Reyes Varela.
BAYLOR VS. NEBRASKA: Nebraska comes into the match with a 9-13 mark and is 0-4 in Big 12 play. They will host Nebraska-Kearney on Tuesday prior to their Friday night match with the Bears. The Huskers will follow the Baylor match with a contest at Oklahoma to close out league play.
BAYLOR VS. TEXAS TECH: The 20th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders, enter the contest after upsetting No. 4 Texas on Saturday 4-3. Texas Tech is 19-3 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 action. They boast one ranked singles player, #43 Bojan Szumanski and two ranked doubles tandems; #4 Christian Rojmar/Szumanski and #37 Michael Breler/Sinisa Markovic.
BAYLOR IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE PLAY: Baylor has won seven Big 12 Conference regular season titles, including six straight. In addition, Baylor has claimed the Big 12 Tournament title five times. Since the start of the 2002 season, Baylor has posted a 43-1 league record. Under head coach Matt Knoll, the Bears are 74-12 (.860) in 12 seasons of Big 12 play.
TOP BEARS: After enjoying a very successful fall season, Denes Lukacs has continued to shine in dual match play. The sophomore owns the team's best singles record at 36-9 and is Baylor's highest-ranked player at No. 10. Senior Lars Poerschke sat out the fall portion of the season and is 15-5 on the season, including a 10-5 dual match record, all at No. 1. Sophomore Dominik Mueller owns the team's best dual match mark at 20-3 and is 29-8 overall.
ITA RANKINGS UPDATE: Baylor moved to No. 14 in the latest ITA rankings released April 8. The Bears ranked singles players, as of April 1 include: No. 10 Denes Lukacs, No. 20 Lars Poerschke, No. 101 Dominik Mueller No. and 104 David Galic, while doubles rankings consist of No. 44 Galic/Lukacs.
BAYLOR TOPS: Baylor, the most successful men's team over the past five seasons, has been ranked no lower than No. 4 in the final poll during that span. The Bears were ranked No. 1 after winning the 2004 NCAA Championship, No. 2 in the final poll in `05 and No. 4 in `03, '06 and '07.
In the past four years (2004-07), Baylor is the only men's team to advance to the NCAA semifinals each year. During that span, the Bears have posted a 118-14 (.894) mark and in the past six years (2002-07) Knoll's teams are an impressive 173-17 (.906).
HEAD COACH Matt Knoll: Throughout his 12 seasons at the helm of the Baylor tennis program, head coach Matt Knoll has produced phenomenal results. Since arriving at Baylor in 1997, Knoll has amassed a 275-68 (.802) record over 12 seasons.
His teams have captured seven Big 12 Conference regular season titles and five Big 12 Tournament championships, including five in a row beginning in 2002, the 2004 NCAA championship, the 2005 National Team Indoor title, an NCAA runner-up finish in 2005 and NCAA semifinal appearances in 2006 and 2007. In addition, he was twice named National Coach of the Year (1999 & 2005).
BEARS ON THE CAREER CHARTS:
SERIES RECORDS: Texas owns a 39-12 series lead versus the Bears but Baylor has won 11 of the last 13 contests between the two schools. Baylor leads the series with Nebraska, 16-3, and has won 16 consecutive matches. Texas Tech leads the series with Baylor 25-18 but the Bears have won the last 13 contests.