Bears advance to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals for seventh time in program history.
TULSA, Okla. – Baylor’s ninth-seeded men’s tennis team posted an impressive 4-1, victory over eighth-seeded Tennessee to advance to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals for the seventh time in program history. The event, hosted by the University of Tulsa, is held at the university’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
In a contest befitting an eight-nine seed match-up, doubles were a war. All three matches went to tiebreakers and finished within minutes of each other.
On court one, Denes Lukacs and David Galic broke out to a 5-2 lead over Tennessee’s fourth-ranked tandem of Kaden Hensel and J.P. Smith. The Vol duo won the next three games to even the score. Each player held serve the rest of the way. In the tiebreaker, Tennessee leapt out to a 4-1 lead and held on to win 7-4.
Baylor evened the match shortly thereafter when Lars Poerschke and Attila Bucko posted a 7-3 tiebreak win on court two over Davey Sandgren and Jeremy Tweedt.
Approximately 30 seconds after Poerschke and Bucko’s victory, UT’s Boris Conkic and Matteo Fago downed Dominik Mueller and Jordan Rux, 9-8 (2), on court three to secure the doubles point for the Vols.
The Bears won three singles points in straight-sets with Mueller posting a dominating win (6-0, 6-1) over Sandgren on court four. With the victory, Mueller extended his team-best dual match record to 27-4, including a 13-2 mark at No. 4, and is now 36-9 on the season. Next off the court for the Bears was eighth-ranked Poerschke who breezed past No. 35 Hensel, 6-1, 6-2. Lukacs, ranked No. 9, disposed of the 24th-ranked Smith at No. 2, 6-2, 6-3. The victory extended Lukacs’ win streak to 13 matches and raised his team-best season record to 43-9.
Baylor’s fourth point was a little harder to come by. After posting three points, three matches were still on the court with no clear-cut victories in sight. Bucko on court five, Rux on court six and Galic on court three all lost their first sets but Bucko and Rux each rallied to win their second set. In the third set, Bucko’s serve got broken in game four by Fago to even the set at 2-2. Each player held serve until Bucko broke back to go up 5-4. Bucko then held serve in the final game to post a 6-4 win and clinch the match for the Bears.
The Bears, now 25-8 on the season, will be making their sixth straight quarterfinal appearance when they face top-seeded and undefeated Virginia (31-0) on Sunday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m. The Cavaliers advanced with a 4-0 over 16th-seeded Michigan.
Round of 16
May 16, 2008 at Tulsa, Okla.
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
#9 Baylor 4, #8 Tennessee 1
1. #8 Lars Poerschke (BU) def. #35 Kaden Hensel (TENN) 6-1, 6-2
2. #9 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #24 J.P. Smith (TENN) 6-2, 6-3
3. David Galic (BU) vs. #93 Boris Conkic (TENN) DNF
4. #79 Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Davey Sandgren (TENN) 6-0, 6-1
5. Attila Bucko (BU) def. Matteo Fago (TENN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Jordan Rux (BU) vs. Jeremy Tweedt (TENN) DNF
1. #4 Hensel/Smith (TENN) def. Galic/Lukacs (BU) 9-8 (7-4)
2. Bucko/Poerschke (BU) def. Sandgren/Tweedt (TENN) 9-8 (7-3)
3. Conkic/Fago (TENN) def. Mueller/Rux (BU) 9-8 (7-2)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,2,5)