April 30, 2014
A quartet of Baylor men's tennis players will represent the Bears in the individual portion of the NCAA Tennis Championships starting May 21 in Athens, Ga.
The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee made the announcement Wednesday that Diego Galeano, Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella would be three of 47 at-large bids into the 64-man singles bracket, while Pradella and partner Mate Zsiga are one of 18 at-large selections into the 32-team doubles draw.
The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on May 21-26 in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of team championship play.
As a junior, Galeano has amassed a 26-10 record and a 14-6 mark in dual-match action. He went 4-1 in Big 12 play and owns a 13-3 mark at the No. 3 spot in the lineup this season. The Asuncion, Paraguay, native, is currently ranked No. 29 in the country.
Lenz also had a strong year, finishing with the most singles wins on the team with a 33-6 record. The sophomore from Giessen, Germany, was ranked No. 2 in the latest ITA listings, but he will be the three-seed in the NCAA event. Lenz has a 22-3 dual-match record and was 4-1 in Big 12 play.
Pradella, a senior from Bielefeld, Germany, is ranked No. 16 in the ITA rankings after posting a 20-9 overall record and an 11-5 dual-match mark, while playing exclusively in the top two spots of the lineup. Pradella recorded wins against 12 ranked opponents, including sixth-ranked Axel Alvarez Llamas to clinch the Big 12 Championships crown for BU. He will be seeded No.9-16 in this NCAA event.
Pradella and Lenz were both selected to the NCAA Singles Championship field last season with Pradella not participating due to back soreness and Lenz dropping his first round match.
In doubles, Pradella and Zsiga were ranked No. 36 in the latest ITA listings. The duo is 10-7 on the year, but has won its last three decisions. In that stretch, Pradella and Zsiga have beaten teams ranked No. 29, No. 21 and No. 12. The tandem played only at the top of BU's lineup this season.
Baylor will host first and second round action of the NCAA Tennis Championships May 10-11 at the Hurd Tennis Center. First round action will get underway on Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. when Stanford will take on Tulsa, followed by Baylor and Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 2 p.m. The winners of those two matches will face off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.
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