Charlottesville, Va. – The eighth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team (8-3) fell to No. 10 Virginia (7-1) 6-1 Saturday at the Boar's Head Sports Club.
Virginia got out to a quick lead in the match after claiming the doubles point with wins on courts one and two by identical 8-7(3) scores.
The Cavaliers carried momentum into singles competition claiming the first two points. The 73rd-ranked Mac Styslinger was the first Cavalier off court with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Tony Lupieri at the No. 5 spot in the lineup to give Virginia a 2-0 lead in the match.
No. 92 Alex Domijan secured the Cavalier's third point with a 6-4, 6-3 upset victory over No. 18 Diego Galeano to put Virginia one point away from securing the victory.
The Bears recorded their first point in the match when No.6 Julian Lenz claimed a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the No. 1 spot over No. 4 Mitchell Frank to bring the score of the match to 3-1.
Virginia clinched the match point on court two with a 6-4, 6-3 Ryan Shane victory over No. 13 Patrick Pradella to give the Cavaliers a 4-1 lead in the match.
Virginia went on to win the two remaining matches still on court with Justin Shane getting past Mate Zsiga 6-4, 6-3 and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski topping No. 112 Michel Dornbusch 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.
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· Julian Lenz returned for his first match after suffering an injury in the first match of the ITA Indoor Championships.
· Today's match represented the first true road test for the Bears, with all other matches this season outside of Waco being played at neutral sites.
· Today's match is the first of five consecutive matches for the Bears against teams ranked in the top 10
· Baylor now trails the all-time series vs. Virginia 7-3. The Bears have dropped six straight to the Cavaliers.
STAT OF THE DAY
With his win today, Julian Lenz remains a perfect 8-0 in dual match play.
TOP QUOTE #1
"We learned a lot today. It was a great day for us. We got a chance to play a great opponent in a good environment. We had some opportunities and weren't able to execute like we needed to, but we are really excited about what is coming up down the road." - Head coach Matt Knoll
TOP QUOTE #2
"It is a good thing for Julian. He lost to Mitchell earlier and it was great to get him back out there against a really strong guy. I know Julian was excited about the opportunity to play a guy like that and he played a pretty good match and took a big step for us. Not only did he play a big match, but he played really well." Knoll on Julian Lenz's upset win over No. 4 Mitchell Frank.
Baylor will be back in action March 9 when the Bears will travel to face second-ranked USC in Los Angeles, followed by a March 12 matchup with No. 4 UCLA. The Bears will then compete in the Oracle Collegiate Cup in Indian Wells, Calif., where they will meet up with No. 9 California and No. 7 Illinois.