April 15, 2014
WACO, Texas -
The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team (20-5, 3-1) will host the seventh-ranked Texas Longhorns (19-3, 3-0) in its final regular season match at the Hurd Tennis Center on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
"More than anything this is a chance for us to win a Big 12 title," said head coach Matt Knoll. "We have a chance to share the title and that is special. We are excited and really want to encourage Baylor Nation to come out and support us. We need everyone in the stands. We hope we can feed off the energy of the crowd and play a great match."
Baylor has won 12 of its last 13 matches with a 7-0 sweep at No. 24 Oklahoma State on Sunday in its last match out. The Bears are 14-0 this season at home and 14-5 against nationally ranked opponents.
BU has four singles participants ranked in the latest ITA poll, including third-ranked Julian Lenz. Patrick Pradella, Diego Galeano and Michel Dornbusch also represent the Bears in the rankings checking in at No. 12, 28 and 113 respectively. Pradella partners with Mate Zsiga to be ranked No. 42 in doubles action.
Wednesday's match has Big 12 regular season title implications as both teams have an opportunity to claim at least a share of the crown with a win. If the Bears can stay undefeated at home with a win over the Longhorns, they will claim at least share of the title and be on top of the Big 12 standings. Texas and Oklahoma each have one additional match remaining and if the Sooners and Longhorns both win there would be a three-way split for the title.
The Longhorns are led by a trio of ranked singles competitors including No. 19 Soren Hess-Olesen, No. 38 Lloyd Glasspool and No. 91 George Goldhoff. The Longhorns also boast one ranked doubles pairings in No. 12 Glasspool and Hess-Olesen.
Baylor has won six of the last seven and 14 of the last 16 meetings between the two sides, including a 6-1 victory last season in Austin to claim a share of the Big 12 title, before defeating TCU to claim the crown outright. Baylor has amassed an 18-9 mark against the Longhorns in the Matt Knoll era. Overall, the Longhorns lead the series 40-18.
Wednesday's match will also serve as senior night for the Bears with Michel Dornbusch, Robert Verzaal and Pradella being honored during the break between singles and doubles.
The first 200 fans at the match will receive a Baylor tennis tank-top shirt, while $1 hot dogs will also be available.
Live results, a live blog and a live video stream will be available for the match on BaylorBears.com.
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