Baylor Men's Tennis Pushes Three Into HEB Intercollegiate Singles Semis

WACO, Texas – Baylor men's tennis advanced three players to the semifinal round of the 2013 HEB Intercollegiate singles draw at the Hurd Tennis Center on Saturday.

The tournament's top seeded and 16th-ranked player, Patrick Pradella got past Hamid Derbrani of Laredo CC 6-4, 6-3 before defeating Oklahoma's Papac in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-3, to earn a spot in the semifinals.

No. 79 Tony Lupieri advanced out of the round of 16 by defeating Oklahoma's Austin Siegel , 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. The win set up a semifinals round showdown with fellow Baylor player and 38th- ranked Julian Lenz who defeated Idaho's Jose Bendeck 7-5, 6-4 in his first match of the day.

Lenz then secured his spot in the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Diego Galeano in the quarterfinal round to give Baylor three of the four spots in the tournament's semifinal round.   

No. 60 Mate Zsiga also had success in the round of 16 recording a win over Illinois' Julian Childers 6-0, 6-1. Unfortunately, he was unable to advance out of the quarterfinal round where he lost 6-3, 6-4 to No. 85 Axel Alvarez of Oklahoma.

Baylor started the day with doubles play where the No. 22 pairing of Galeano and Zsiga dropped an 8-4 decision to Alvarez and Nick Papac of Oklahoma.

BU's Lenz and Lupieri got past UT Arlington's Carlos Arbiza and Marek Pesicka 8-5 in the tournament's quarterfinal round. The pairing then fell in the semifinal round to Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson, 8-6.   

In singles consolation action, Vince Schneider fell 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 to Damian Farionla of ULL.


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