WACO (March 10, 2013) -- Despite clinching the doubles point, the 38th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team was unable to secure any singles points en route to dropping a 6-1 decision vs. No. 2 UCLA on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
“We have a lot of opportunities to grow from this,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “If we take it as learners and make improvements then it has been a fantastic day. It is still March and we have a long way to go. We now have to bounce back tomorrow and play a little better.”
The loss snapped an eight-match win streak for the Bears, while dropping their season record to 10-2. UCLA improved to 13-1 with the win and closed the overall series record vs. BU to 7-5.
On a windy day in Waco, the Bears got out to a quick start. Marko Krickovic and Diego Galeano powered past Dennis Mkrtchian and Alex Brigham, 8-3, at the No. 3 doubles position to open the contest. The pair of Bears is now 4-0 on the season.
The Bruins answered back as Adrien Puget and Karue Sell handed the 53rd-ranked duo of Patrick Pradella and Julian Lenz its first loss of the season, 8-5.
With the doubles point in the balance Mate Zsiga and Tony Lupieri improved to 4-1 as a tandem by downing the 54th-ranked pair of Dennis Novikov and Marcos Giron, 8-4, to clinch the doubles point for BU.
Baylor has won the doubles point in 10 of its last 11 matches this season and overall Baylor is 26-4 in doubles contests.
As singles started the momentum quickly shifted in UCLA’s favor. Sell dispatched of Galeano at the No. 6 spot, 6-1, 6-1, and Clay Thompson bested the 77th-ranked Krickovic, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 5 position to grab the overall match lead, 2-1.
“You just aren’t going to win these kind of matches losing like we did at the bottom of the lineup,” Knoll said. “All the credit goes to UCLA they bounced back after doubles and really put it to us.”
In total the Bruins claimed five of six first-sets in singles action. BU’s lone first-set win came from Zsiga, who was poised to tie the match at two points apiece. The 78th-ranked sophomore held a 6-2, 5-2 lead over the 54th-ranked Mkrtchian at the fourth spot in the lineup, but the Bruin battled back to push the match to a third set.
“Momentum is important in these dual matches and we had a chance to get some and we left it on the table,” Knoll said. “To their guy’s credit, he really picked it up as the match wore on and deserved to win.”
With BU’s momentum stunted UCLA collected wins on courts 2, 1 and 3, respectively.
First, the 10th-ranked Giron downed No. 122 Pradella, 7-5, 6-2, before the 35th-ranked Novikov clinched the match for the Bruins with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Lenz at the top of the lineup. It was the first loss in dual-match play for the Baylor freshman, who had started his career 6-0.
To reach the final margin No. 20 Puget downed Lupieri, 6-2, 7-5 and Mkrtchian came all the way back to claim the 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(2) win over Zsiga.
The Bears will now look to rebound against No. 1 Virginia. BU hosts the Cavaliers (7-0) at 3 p.m. on Monday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.(March 10, 2013) -- Baylor's 29th-ranked women's tennis team closed out its five-match road swing by falling 5-2 against top-ranked North Carolina on Sunday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
“Right now, we want things to come easy,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We want to win easy. I told them the only way you’re going to win easy is you’re going to have to play hard. The harder you play, the easier things become. The bottom line is, this group hasn’t completely bought into what it takes to win.”
To kick off doubles play, Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Kate Vialle notched the first victory for the Tar Heels on Court 3 over Baylor’s Megan Horter and Kiah Generette, 8-5. UNC’s Ashley Dai and Caroline Price clinched the doubles point with a win against Alex Leatu and Alex Clay by the same score.
Baylor’s 23rd-ranked doubles tandem of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva were victorious against Lauren McHale and Whitney Kay, 8-7(2). The duo has won four matches in a row, totaling a 6-1 overall record.
No. 101 Ashley Dai extended UNC’s lead by beating Maria Biryukova on court 5 in straight-sets, 6-2, 6-1. Price notched another point for North Carolina, downing Generette 6-2, 6-3. The Tar Heels would clinch the match with Kisialeva’s loss against Zoe De Bruycker on Court 2, 6-3, 6-2. Soon after, UNC’s 19th-ranked Whitney Kay overcame 113th-ranked Horter 7-5, 6-3, making the score 5-0.
The Lady Bears responded with two wins on Courts 1 and 6. No. 12 Burgic pulled off an upset against fourth-ranked Suarez-Malaguti. Burgic dropped the first set, 6-3, but would battle back with a 6-1 win in the second set. Burgic then won the super tiebreaker, 11-9, to take the third set, 1-0. Burgic is now 9-5 in the top spot for Baylor.
Leatu’s match against Tessa Lyons was the last to finish of the day. She won her first set, 6-1, but fell 6-0 in the second. Leatu would ultimately win the third set, 7-6, in a 7-3 tiebreak. The win snapped a three-match losing streak for Leatu.
With this victory, North Carolina (13-1) now has a 3-2 all-time record against Baylor.
Baylor falls to 4-10 on the year and has lost five matches in a row for the first time since 1992. The team is also 3-10 against nationally ranked opponents and has yet to win a match on the road (0-6).
The Lady Bears will now head back to Waco for a home match against No. 47 Virginia (3-4) at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Cavaliers are coming off of a 7-0 win at Maryland.