No. 24 Baylor men’s tennis (18-6, 1-2 Big 12) controlled the match from start to finish in a 4-0 sweep of No. 30 Texas Tech (18-8, 0-3 Big 12) Saturday evening at the Hurd Tennis Center.
BU’s win snapped a five-match losing streak to the Red Raiders and was the first sweep over a Big 12 opponent since Baylor blanked Oklahoma State in 2015. BU also moved its home record to 14-0 in 2018.
Baylor held early leads in the doubles point to start the match. Ninth-ranked Johannes Schretter and Will Little dropped Jackson Cobb and Alex Sendegeya at the top of the lineup with a 6-1 win. 50th-ranked Constantin Frantzen and Akos Kotorman followed with a 6-2 win over Connor Curry and Ilgiz Valiev on court two to clinch the opening point.
BU’s momentum followed into singles play with five of six opening sets going the Bears’ way. Freshman Matias Soto won his second Big 12 match with a 6-3, 6-2 showing against Connor Curry at the No. 3 spot to put BU up 3-0.
Freshman Sven Lah captured his seventh consecutive win as he disposed of Artem Kapshuk, 6-4, 6-3, on court five. No. 65 Johannes Schretter wrapped up the match with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over No. 120 Tommy Mylnikov on court two.
BU also held late second-set leads on courts four and six before the matches were abandoned.
• Saturday’s win snaps a five-match losing streak to the Red Raiders dating back to 2015.
• BU improves to 14-0 at home this season.
• Baylor sweeps its first Big 12 opponent since 2015 where BU blanked Oklahoma State.
• BU moves to 20-4 in the doubles point this season and moves to 17-3 when winning the opening point.
• BU moves to 29-31 all-time against Texas Tech and 23-6 against the Red Raiders under head coach Matt Knoll.
• Sven Lah is now 13-4 in dual singles matches and a winner of seven in a row.
• 50th-ranked Constantin Frantzen and Akos Kotorman are now 8-1 in dual matches.
• BU has won 12 of its last 15 matches dating back to Feb. 18.
STAT OF THE MATCH
5 – the amount of first sets won by Baylor in singles play.
“It’s always about getting better. We really hadn’t played that well. We didn’t think we did a lot of things well (last weekend). We really wanted to focus on improving (tonight), and I think we did that. We took a lot of steps forward. This league is tough, and so every match is going to be really difficult. I thought our guys took a big step forward today.” –head coach Matt Knoll
Closing out their road schedule, the Bears take the short trip up I-35 to face ninth-ranked TCU on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. CT.
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