April 16, 2013
#15 Baylor (17-4, 3-0) vs. #19 Texas (14-6, 2-1)
Wednesday, April 16, 2013 | 6 p.m. CT
Austin, Texas | Penick Tennis Center | TV: LHN
WACO, Texas - The 15th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will travel to Austin, Texas, to take on No. 19 Texas on Wednesday. The match is slated to begin at 6 p.m. at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center and will be broadcast live on Longhorn Network.
Baylor (17-3, 3-0) is currently in the midst of a seven-match win streak and is undefeated in conference play. BU is 4-2 on the road this season and 8-4 against nationally ranked opponents.
Baylor tallied victories over No. 12 Oklahoma, 6-1, and Oklahoma State, 7-0, this past weekend. In total, BU is 16-2 in singles matches and 8-1 in doubles contests in Big 12 play.
The Bears have five singles competitors ranked in the latest ITA rankings. Patrick Pradella, Julian Lenz, Mate Zsiga, Marko Krickovic, and Tony Lupieri are ranked 35, 43, 66, 79 and 84, respectively. In doubles, Zsiga and Diego Galeano, are ranked No. 61 with a 5-0 mark in dual-match play.
Zsiga, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, has built a seven-match win streak in singles. His last two wins have come in the No. 2 spot, including a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) upset win Friday against No. 38 Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma.
Texas (14-6, 2-1) has three singles competitors ranked. Søren Hess-Olesen, Daniel Whitehead and Sudanwa Sitaram are ranked 40, 93 and 118, respectively. In doubles, UT has the 25th-ranked pairing of Chris Camillone and David Holiner, while Sitiram and Whitehead are No. 78. The Longhorns last outing was a 4-3 come-from-behind win at No. 35 TCU on Saturday.
BU has beaten Texas in five of the last six meetings, including a 5-2 upset victory last season on April 4. The Longhorns own a 40-17 mark over the Bears in the all-time series, but since the start of the Big 12 Conference Baylor has returned the favor by racking up a 17-9 record against Texas. In the Big 12 era, Baylor is 7-4 at home, 7-3 on the road and 3-2 in neutral site contests against Texas.
With a victory, Baylor will secure at least a share of the Big 12 title. It would mark Baylor's 11th regular tennis crown and 10th in the last 12 seasons.
In the history of the Big 12 Conference, Baylor and Texas have combined to win 14 of the 16 Big 12 regular season titles and 11 of the 16 postseason conference championships.
The Bears will return home Sunday to play their last match of the regular season against No. 37 TCU at 6 p.m. The match is designated as Senior Night and Roberto Maytin will be honored in between singles and doubles.
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