Bears finsih 8-1 on nine-match homestand, contine Big 12 play next week.
Waco – The 10th-ranked men’s tennis team got past the No. 18 Pepperdine Waves, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center. After Baylor had lost the doubles point, the Bears quickly responded with four straight singles wins to shut down the Waves.
The Bears own a 16-5 dual match record and are 14-1 at the Baylor Tennis Center this season, after winning 10 of their last 12 matches. Baylor closed out a season long nine match home stand by going 8-1. Currently, Baylor is on a five-match win streak.
Baylor got off to a good start in doubles’ play as the Bears earned a win at the No. 3 slot with Julian Bley and Dominik Mueller taking out Alex Llompart and Stuart Keplar, 8-2. However, the Waves stormed back in both of the other matches, after being down by three points in each. Pepperdine’s No. 2 doubles team of Mahmoud Kamel and Hugh Clarke took seven out of the last nine points to pull off a 9-7 victory over Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny. At the same time the Waves 14th-ranked and No. 1 duo of Omar Altmann and Bassam Beidas were surging to take six out of the last seven points off of Jordan Rux and David Galic. The Pepperdine pair would end up winning 9-8 in a 7-5 tiebreak.
“I think they did a super job in the doubles,” Knoll said. “We played well in the doubles: up a break on courts one and two and I thought Pepperdine out competed us. They really dug down and raised their energy level and stole those two matches from us. I give them a lot of credit. That is again why we play all of these tough matches, it is something we are going to have to learn from, but it was a super impressive performance by them in doubles.”
The Bears quickly rebounded from the doubles loss in singles play as Horny bounced Clarke 6-0, 6-4 at the No. 6 position. The Bears would go on to win at No. 4 with Mueller outlasting Kamel 6-2, 6-3 and at No. 1 with No. 6 Lukacs knocking off 27th-ranked Beidas 7-5, 6-1. Lukacs has won eight matches in a row. Next No. 49 Rux, who had only played in one of Baylor’s previous four matches, upset No. 39 Altmann 6-2, 7-3 to clinch the match. With the Bears claiming the necessary four points, the match was ended, because of the travel plans of Pepperdine. Baylor players Galic and Attila Bucko were still in the midst of matches.
“We honestly did not do a great job on every court, but we were able to right the ship and got over the hump in the first 10 minutes of each match and we started to play well,” Knoll said. “Maros (Horny) winning the first set 6-0 is huge. It was a great momentum builder. Jordan (Rux) beat their best spot. If you look over the course of year he has been their toughest spot. Anytime you beat the other team’s best spot it gives you tons of momentum. I am just happy Jordan got himself back on track. He is a caliber tennis player and I think this will bode well for us down the stretch.”
The Waves fell to 13-9 in the spring. The Bears are 8-4 all-time versus Pepperdine, after beating the Waves twice this year.
Next up for Baylor is a Big 12 match against No. 12 Texas in Austin on April 2 at 6 p.m. and then another conference contest on Saturday, April 4 when the Bears travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers at 1 p.m.
#10 Baylor 4, #18 Pepperdine 1
Mar 29, 2009 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
1. #6 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #27 Bassam Beidas (PEP) 7-5, 6-1
2. #49 Jordan Rux (BU) def. #39 Omar Altmann (PEP) 6-2, 7-5
3. David Galic (BU) vs. Alex Llompart (PEP) unfinished
4. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Mahmoud Kamel (PEP) 6-2, 6-3
5. Attila Bucko (BU) vs. Jensen Turner (PEP) unfinished
6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Hugh Clarke (PEP) 6-0, 6-4
1. #14 Omar Altmann/Bassam Beidas (PEP) def. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Mahmoud Kamel/Hugh Clarke (PEP) def. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) 9-7
3. Julian Bley/Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Alex Llompart/Stuart Keplar (PEP) 8-2
Pepperdine 13-9; National ranking #18
Baylor 16-5; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,1,2)