Baylor Men's Tennis Upsets No. 5 Kentucky, Women Fall To No. 17 Clemson

WACO (March 8, 2013) -- The No. 38 Baylor men’s tennis team upset No. 5 Kentucky (14-3), 6-1, on Friday night at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center to improve to 10-1 on the season and extend its current win streak to eight matches.

“We just really wanted to come out and play with some energy and discipline today,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “I felt like in some of our other matches we didn’t really play the whole match. I felt that around the time Mate Zsiga got the third point, I felt the air go out of the match. I think the crowd thought the match was over and I think some of our guys thought the match was over, but you have got to get to four. I knew as good as Kentucky is and the experienced guys that they had out there that we had a lot of works still to do. I was glad our guys were able to reenergize and refocus and reach the finish line today.”

The 53rd-ranked team of Patrick Pradella and Julian Lenz were first to finish in doubles action on court three. The duo disposed of Kentucky’s Anthony Rossi and Grant Roberts, 8-4. Baylor’s Diego Galeano and Marko Krickovic were soon to follow with an identical 8-4 victory over Alejandro Gomez and Ryuji Hirooka, giving Baylor a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.

The Bears never looked back once they took the doubles point. Tony Lupieri was the first Bear to claim a victory winning 6-2, 6-3, in the No. 3 spot. No. 78 Mate Zsiga was soon to follow with a 6-1, 6-3 win in the No. 4 spot giving Baylor a commanding 3-0 lead in the match.

On court two, Baylor’s No. 43 Julian Lenz battled his way through a second set tie break to top No. 18 Tom Jomby, 6-4, 7-5, and clinch a Baylor victory.

No. 77 Marko Krickovic followed with a 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 victory over Kentucky’s Grant Roberts to extend the Bears lead to 5-0 before Kevin Lai topped Roberto Maytin to claim the Wildcats’ only point of the match.

The contest concluded with a thrilling match on court one where Baylor’s No. 122 Patrick Pradella faced off against No. 21 Anthony Rossi. The BU freshman ended up winning in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (7-3).

The win also leaves the Bears undefeated at home and 4-0 when playing indoors. Baylor improves the overall series record against Kentucky to 9-0.

The Bears will be in action again on Sunday as they host No. 2 UCLA as part two of a three part home stand that features three top-5 opponents.

CLEMSON, S.C. – Baylor's 29th-ranked women's tennis team couldn't finish the job against 17th-ranked Clemson, falling 4-3 on Friday in Clemson, S.C.

“We’re gradually making improvements,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “Unfortunately, it’s not showing up in our overall match score yet. When you’re playing the type of schedule we’re playing, it’s a real character builder. Right now we’re just finding out what we’re made of and who we really are.”

In doubles action, Romy Koelzer and Yana Koroleva notched the first victory for the Tigers on Court 2 over Baylor’s Megan Horter and Alex Clay, 8-2. Clemson’s Beatrice Gumulya and Ani Miao followed suit with an 8-3 victory against Alex Leatu and Kiah Generette to clinch the doubles point at the No. 3 position. Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva’s contest against Liz Jeukeng and Tristen Dewar remained unfinished.

Clemson extended its 1-0 lead during singles play, earning straight-set victories on Courts 1, 3, and 6. The Tigers clinched the match when 27th-ranked Koroleva pulled off an upset against 12th-ranked Burgic on court 1, 6-1, 6-2.

After the match-clinching point, Maria Biryukova won her contest against Miao in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-4. The freshman is now 3-2 in dual match play.

Kisialeva’s match on court 2 headed into a third-set tiebreak. After losing her first set, 3-6, the freshman overcame 29th-ranked Jeukeng 7-5 in the second set and 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, making the final score 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5).

Generette’s match was the last to finish on the day. She swept a tiebreak in the first set, 7-0, and ultimately closed out her contest against Koelzer, 7-6 (7-0), 7-5. Generette is now 5-4 in singles play.

“There’s no question that at certain positions we’re getting better,” Scrivano said. “Maria and Kiah are some of our most consistent players recently. Over the last four or five matches they’ve been the most consistent. They’re progressing nicely.”

With this win, Clemson (5-5) evened up the series record between the two teams at three matches apiece.

This loss is the fourth in a row for BU to drop its season record to 4-9. The Lady Bears have only won once over the past ten matches. The team is also 3-9 against nationally ranked opponents.

Up next for Baylor, the team will wrap up a five-game road swing against top-ranked North Carolina (12-1) on Sunday. The Tar Heels are coming off of a pair of 7-0 victories against Winthrop and East Carolina. Its lineup boasts seven ranked singles players and one doubles tandem.

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