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Men's Tennis Opens NCAA Championships

Mate Zsiga

May 9, 2014

2014 NCAA Championships First and Second Rounds
No. 13 Baylor (24-6)
May 10-11 | Waco, Texas | Hurd Tennis Center
Championship Central | Live Scoring | Tournament Notes | Live Blog| Live Video


No. 43 Tulsa (15-12) vs. No. 27 Stanford (14-5) - 11 a.m.
No. 6 Baylor (24-6) vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (19-9) - 2 p.m.

Winner of match 1 vs. Winner of match 2 - 2 p.m.

WACO, Texas - The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will open the 2014 NCAA Team Championships by hosting first and second round action at the Hurd Tennis Center for the 10th time in the last 12 years.

The Bears start their journey for a second NCAA Championship by facing Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Saturday at 2 p.m. The winner of the Bears and Islanders match will then face the victor of the Stanford-Tulsa match on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Bears enter NCAA play with a 23-5 record, after winning the 2014 Big 12 Championships over third-ranked Oklahoma on April 27.

BAYLOR IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY: Baylor has amassed an impressive 45-15 (.750) all-time NCAA Championship record. The Bears have been selected to compete in post season play for 17 straight seasons including this year and have hosted the first two rounds of action 11 times. The Bears have reached the round of 16 14 times, including 12 straight trips. 

LAST YEAR IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Baylor received an at large bid for the 2013 NCAA Championships and hosted first and second round action. The Bears defeated Prairie View A&M, in the first round, before securing a 4-2 victory over No. 25 Tulsa in the second round. The Bears then traveled to Urbana, Ill., to compete in the Round of 16 where they met up with fourth-ranked USC. After winning the doubles point, the Bears weren't able to recover and lost to the Trojans, 4-1.

WHEN HOSTING THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS: Baylor is a perfect 20-0 at home in NCAA Championship play. BU has recorded 14 shutouts when hosting the opening rounds and has surrendered only 11 points in those 20 matches.

TEAM STREAKS & TRENDS: Baylor enters the NCAA Championships winning 15 of its last 16 matches. The Bears recorded a season high 11-match win streak that stretched from March 12 to April 8 and equaled their largest win streak since the 2011 season.

SINGLES STREAKS & TRENDS: Junior Mate Zsiga has won nine of his last 10 matches. Zsiga has played predominantly in the four and five spots this season and has recorded a 18-6 record in dual-match play. Julian Lenz owns the most singles wins on the team with a 33-6 record and a 22-3 mark in dual-match action.

THE ALL-IMPORTANT DOUBLES POINT: The Bears have again been dominant in winning doubles points. The Bears only lost four doubles points during regular-season play, but swept the doubles point four times. The Bears won 23 doubles points this season and continued on to record a win in all, but one match when recording the opening point.

HOME SWEET HOME: The friendly confines of the Hurd Tennis Center having been very kind to the Bears. Over the 13 years of its existence, Baylor is 168-15 in matches played at the facility. Under Knoll, the Bears are 247-30 when playing at home including matches played at the Streich Courts, the Hurd Tennis Center, the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center and various indoor courts in the area. From Jan. 26, 2002 until Jan. 29, 2006, the Bears did not lose a home contest racking up a 72-match win streak. This season, Baylor is 15-0 in home matches with an 9-0 mark at the Hurd Tennis Center.

LOOKING AHEAD: A Baylor victory in the first round of the NCAA Championships will push the Bears into the second round of the event where they will face the winner of the Tulsa-Stanford match on Sunday at 2 p.m. 

RANKED BEARS: Baylor currently has three singles competitors ranked in the latest ITA rankings including No. 3 Julian Lenz, No. 14 Patrick Pradella and 31st-ranked Diego Galeano. The duo of Zsiga and Pradella is ranked No. 21 in the country.

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI: 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.

SERIES HISTORY: Baylor is 10-6 all-time vs. the Islanders, but 10-0 under head coach Matt Knoll. BU last faced TAMU-CC in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Championships when the Bears captured a 4-0 victory.

BU PLACES FOUR ON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM: Baylor had three singles players and one doubles duo garner a spot on the All-Big 12 team, the conference announced on Tuesday. In singles, Diego Galeano, Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella were all recognized, while in doubles Pradella and partner Mate Zsiga tallied the honor.

FOUR BEARS SELECTED FOR NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The same four athletes that made the All-Big 12 team will represent BU in the NCAA Championships.  Diego Galeano, Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella will 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.

On hosting the first two rounds...
"We feel like we have earned it. We have played a lot of good teams on the road. When you look at our schedule, every top-five team we have played has been away from here. For us to battle through that and get a couple tough wins and put ourselves in a position to host is huge and will be a big advantage for us."

On Texas A&M Corpus Christi...
"I have known their coach for 25 years. Steve is a great coach and is someone who is really well respected and runs a great program. He has kind of gone home to Corpus. He is from Corpus and has gone back to be with his family and is obviously doing an unbelievable job. He won two conference championships on the same day, he was on court ten hours that day. He is one of the hardest working guys in college tennis. We know that their guys are going to be in shape and fight for every ball.  We are going to have to be ready."

On Tulsa and Stanford...
"Tulsa and Stanford are good teams. Stanford has the greatest tradition of any program in our sport and I know John has been a part of 20 National Championship teams so he knows how to win in the NCAAs and Tulsa has had a very good program over the last decade. We try to play them every year and they beat us in 2013 at their place with a lot of the same guys that they have now. We have a lot of respect for those teams and we know this will be a tough site."

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Baylor University is home to the 2015 NCAA Tennis Championships. The final 16 men's and women's teams will descend on Waco in May 2015 for the event. Following the team competition, individual singles and doubles championships will also take place at the Hurd Tennis Center.

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