Nov. 3, 2013
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. - Baylor men's tennis junior Tony Lupieri won the Jack Kramer Club Intercollegiate on Sunday, after posting five wins over three days of competition at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club.
The 79th-ranked Lupieri began his championship run Friday, taking on two players from Washington. In his first match, Lupieri recorded a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Wendell Watanabe, before taking care of Viktor Farkas, 6-2, 6-0.
On Saturday morning, Lupieri defeated Jeff Hawke of Washington 7-5, 6-4 to get into the semifinals. Lupieri dominated Washington's Max Manthou 6-0, 6-0 in that round to secure his spot in the finals.
Lupieri faced off against 71st-ranked Frances Alcantara of Pepperdine in the final. After claiming the first set 6-3, Lupieri was unable to finish the match in the second set losing 6-3. However, he then made short work of Alcantara in the third, taking the deciding set, 6-0.
The win marked the first tournament win of Lupieri's collegiate career.
Freshman Vincent Schneider joined Lupieri in representing the Bears in the event, which consisted of seven teams.
Schneider also had a successful first round posting a 7-6, 6-4 win over Shuhei Shibahara of UC Irvine. However; in his second round matchup, Schneider was unable to capitalize on a 6-0 second set victory and eventually fell to Emmet Egger of Washington 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.
In the first round of doubles competition, the Baylor pairing of Lupieri and Schneider advanced with an 8-5 victory over Teague Hamilton and Erik Johnsson of UC Santa Barbara.
The BU duo was also in action on Saturday taking on Miami's Diego Soto and Gabriel Flores in quarterfinal action. The Bears proved to be too much for the hurricanes and posted an 8-4 victory. The Baylor tandem's run ended in the semifinal round where Lupieri and Schneider fell 8-5 to Washington's Jeff Hawke and Emmet Egger.
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The Bears will be back in action on Nov. 7 when No. 16 Patrick Pradella, No. 38 Julien Lenz, and Diego Galeano travel to New York to compete in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships for the final event of the fall season.