Men's Tennis Opens Big 12 Championship Play

April 24, 2008

UPCOMING MATCHES: The 11th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team, 19-8 on the season and winners of their seventh straight Big 12 Conference regular season title and eighth overall, will travel to College Station, Texas, to participate in the league's postseason tournament. The Bears are the No. 2 seed and will face seventh-seeded Nebraska in quarterfinal action on Friday, April 25 at 9 a.m. A Friday victory would see the Bears advancing to Saturday's semifinals, facing the winner of the Oklahoma State/Oklahoma match at 9 a.m.

THE FIELD: Nebraska comes into the match with a 10-15 mark and was 0-6 in Big 12 play. The Huskers finished seventh in the league standings. No. 20 Oklahoma State, the tournament's No. 3 seed, is 14-8 on the season and 4-2 in league play while Oklahoma is 11-12 overall and 1-5 in conference action.

BAYLOR IN BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY: Baylor is seeking its sixth Big 12 Championship title. The Bears have won the tournament in 2002, `03, `04, `05 and `07.

BAYLOR IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE PLAY: Baylor has won eight Big 12 Conference regular season titles, including seven straight. In addition, Baylor has claimed the Big 12 Tournament title five times.

Since the start of the 2002 season, Baylor has posted a 45-2 league record. Under head coach Matt Knoll, the Bears are 76-13 (.820) 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 39-9, including a perfect 6-0 league mark at No. 2. Senior Lars Poerschke sat out the fall portion of the season and is 17-6 on the season, including a 12-6 dual match record, all at No. 1. Sophomore Dominik Mueller owns the team's best dual match mark at 22-4 and is 31-9 overall.



Freshman Jordan Rux currently owns the squad's top win streak with 11 in a row while Lukacs follows closely with a nine-match win streak.

ITA RANKINGS UPDATE: Baylor moved to No. 11 in the latest ITA rankings released April 22. The Bears ranked singles players, as of April 1 include: No. 8 Lars Poerschke, No. 11 Denes Lukacs and No. 110 Dominik Mueller, while doubles rankings consist of No. 42 Poerschke/Attila Bucko and No.49 David Galic/Jordan Rux.

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).

Denes Lukacs - Big 12 Player of the Week (April 21)

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