April 29, 2014
WACO, Texas - For the 10th time in the last 12 years, the sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will host first and second round action of the NCAA Tennis Championship.
"I feel like we are on an upswing," head coach Matt Knoll said. "I feel like the match we played in the Big 12 Championship showed a lot of resilience and toughness. I am just worried about A&M Corpus Christi. I think we have got to do a great job of taking it one game at a time. We will worry about Stanford and Tulsa, if we are lucky enough to get past A&M Corpus Christi."
Baylor, the event's overall No. 5 seed, will welcome Tulsa, Stanford and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to Waco and the Hurd Tennis Center for play on Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11.
The Bears will be making their 17th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and be hosting for the 11th time overall. BU is 20-0 in first and second round action when hosting.
BU is currently 23-5 on the season, after winning its 12th Big 12 regular season title. Baylor has advanced out of the first two rounds of competition for 12 straight seasons and in 14 of the last 15 years.
The Bears are coming off a win over No. 3 Oklahoma in the finals of the Big 12 Championship. That victory gave BU an automatic berth in the NCAA field and its eighth Big 12 postseason title. BU has won 15 of its last 16 matches.
The action in Waco gets underway on Saturday, May 10, with second-seeded Stanford (14-5) and No. 3 seed Tulsa (15-12) meeting at 11 a.m. Head coach Matt Knoll's Bears will take on fourth-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (19-9) in first round action at 2 p.m. The winners of those two matches will then play on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Baylor is one of 16-host sites around the country with the winner of each advancing to the final site of the NCAA Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Team competition in Georgia will be May 16-20, while the singles and doubles championship will take place May 22-26. Selections for those tournaments will be announced on Wednesday.
Baylor is 45-14 in NCAA Championship play all-time and has only lost twice in the opening two rounds in 1998 and 2001. When hosting, Baylor holds a 20-0 record in first and second round NCAA matches.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned an automatic bid after finishing the year 19-9, including a 6-0 mark in Southland Conference play. The Islanders are currently riding a seven-match win streak dating back to April 8. TAMU-CC defeated Lamar, 4-1, in its last match out to win the Southland Conference Championships.
The 27th-ranked and second-seeded Stanford Cardinal will also make the trip to Waco. The Cardinal is making its 35th appearance in the NCAA Championships after racking up a 14-5 overall record, including a 5-2 mark in conference play. Stanford was bounced from the Pac-12 Championships in the quarterfinal round, losing to Oregon, 4-2.
No. 45 Tulsa, the third-seed in Waco, earned an automatic bid after winning the Conference USA Tournament. The Golden Hurricane recorded three consecutive 4-0 victories in that event. Tulsa ended the season on a five-match win streak.
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