FORT WORTH, Texas –The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team (19-4, 2-0) defeated No. 56 TCU (10-11,
0-4) on Tuesday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
Baylor's paring of Julian Lenz and Michel Dornbusch first claimed an 8-2 win over Blake Hudson and Facundo Lugones in the No. 3 spot. Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri were next to finish recording an 8-3 victory on court two over Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel to give the Bears the point. BU completed the sweep on court one with an upset win by Mate Zsiga and Patrick Pradella over the No. 10 pairing of Nick Chappell and Will Stein, 8-3.
In singles action, the 15th- ranked Pradella maintained his momentum following his doubles victory and was the first Baylor competitor off court, posting a 6-2, 6-0 victory over No. 83 Lugones to give the Bears a 2-0 advantage in the match.
Big 12 Player of the Week Michel Dornbusch was quick to follow with a 6-4, 6-0 victory on court six over Andres Alfonzo to move the Bears a point away from victory.
The second-ranked Lenz fought back from a 1-6 defeat in the first set of his match against No. 49 Chappell to clinch the match for the Bears 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.
With the match decided, the 29th-ranked Galeano got past Dachs 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to put the Bears up 5-0.
TCU put its only point on the board as Tony Lupieri fell to Trey Daniel 4-6, 6-2, 6-7(5).
Junior Mate Zsiga closed out the night on a positive note with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Rodolfo Bustamante at the No. 5 spot.
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- Baylor improved to 19-4 on the season with Tuesday's win and has now won 11 straight matches for the first time since 2011.
- Baylor improved its overall record against the Horned Frogs to 22-31, including a 17-5 record in the Matt Knoll era.
- Baylor has now won their last 10 regular season conference matches.
STAT OF THE DAY
11 – the number of matches Baylor has won in a row, which is the most its won consecutively since 2011.
TOP QUOTE #1
"It was a battle. I thought their guys competed incredibly well. We were right down to the end on a lot of the courts down the stretch. It was a fun match for us. I thought the level was pretty good and I thought everyone played hard." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match.
TOP QUOTE #2
"We talked about it the other day and I think those guys are good. I think we have a really good one doubles team and it has just kind of been the way that things have fallen that they have dropped tough matches in tie breakers, but I give them a lot of credit. They are seeing the glass half full and I think they are just more optimistic and have really looked into each other and started to believe and go win." - Knoll on the upset win in No. 1 doubles.
The Bears continue their road trip with two matches in Oklahoma next weekend. BU's next outing will be a match in Norman, Okla. where the Bears will face No. 4 Oklahoma Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. matchup with No. 24 Oklahoma State on Sunday.