WACO, Texas –Baylor men's tennis sophomore Julian Lenz won the Baylor HEB Intercollegiate singles title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over teammate Patrick Pradella at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Lenz, ranked No. 38 in the country and seeded No. 2 in the singles draw, went 4-0 over three days of action to claim the title.
Lenz advanced to the final match, after his semifinal opponent and teammate Tony Lupieri withdrew from the event with an injury.
Pradella reached the singles final by taking care of fifth-seeded and 85th-ranked Axel Alvarez, 7-6(1), 6-4, earlier in the day on Sunday.
On the weekend, Baylor players were 18-7 in singles matches with Lupieri sporting a 3-0 record and Pradella owning a 4-1 mark.
· Baylor players have now won the HEB Intercollegiate singles title for three straight years and for nine of the last 13 seasons.
· Lenz becomes the seventh different Bear to earn the crown.
· Junior Mate Zsiga had won the singles draw the past two seasons.
· Junior Diego Galeano posted two back draw wins on Sunday. Both wins were 6-0, 6-0 shutouts.
STAT OF THE DAY:
9 – The number of singles titles Baylor players have won over the 13-year history of the Baylor Intercollegiate.
"Julian has made a step forward for sure. He is a better player than he was last year. I thought he showed a lot of improvement to his concentration level. He competed really hard this weekend and showed that he worked really hard over the summer to get better. He is on a good path." – Matt Knoll, head coach on singles winner Julian Lenz
TOP QUOTE #2:
"I am proud of Patrick. I thought he had a good tournament as well. You can see by watching him that he has made some improvement to his game. He has made some big strides and is poised to have a great season." –Matt Knoll, head coach on singles runner-up Patrick Pradella
TOP QUOTE #3:
"I am really excited about the rest of this fall. We played a ton of tennis this weekend and that is what we needed. For the most part we came out of it positively. Everyone has something to feel really good about." –Matt Knoll on his team
Select Baylor student-athletes will compete at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 28-Oct. 6.
For complete draws of the Baylor HEB Intercollegiate visit: http://texas.tournaments.usta.com and use tournament ID #: 800044213
BU-HEB Intercollegiate Champions
2001 - Andy Leber – UTA
2002 - Benedikt Dorsch – BU
2003 - Benedikt Dorsch – BU
2004 - Matija Zgaga – BU
2005 - Lars Poerschke – BU
2006 - Michal Kokta – BU
2007 - Kellen Damico – Texas
2008 - Oleksandr Nedovyeson – OSU
2009 - Jordan Rux – BU
2010 - Arthur Surreaux - New Mexico State
2011 - Mate Zsiga – BU
2012 - Mate Zsiga – BU
2013 – Julian Lenz - BU
2001 - Reiner Neurohr/Markus Hornung – BU
2002 - Jimmy Haney/Pete Stroer – Texas
2003 - Benedikt Dorsch/Ivor Lovrak – BU
2004 - Rafael Breu/Fabrizio Sestini – TCU
2005 - Lars Poerschke/Jon Reckewey – BU
2006 - Boris Gubic/Goran Vujaklija - Wichita State
2007 - Jonas Berg/Erling Tveit – Mississippi
2008 - Moritz Baumann/Marek Michalicka – Wisconsin
2009 - Jordan Rux/Maros Horny – BU
2010 - John Peers/Roberto Maytin – BU
2011 - Roberto Maytin/Marko Krickovic – BU
2012 - Jarryd Chaplin/Edward Jones – Tennessee
2013 – Axel Alvarez/Nick Papac - Oklahoma