Baylor’s seventh-ranked men’s tennis team blanked No. 40 Nebraska, 4-0, in quarterfinal action of the Big 12 Championships at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Texas on Friday afternoon.
With the win, Baylor, the tourney’s No. 3 seed, advances to Saturday’s tournament semifinals where they will face second-seeded and 10th-ranked Texas A&M at noon. BU is now 21-5 on the season while the Huskers fall to 13-12.
“We were lucky to win doubles. I still don’t know how we won it. Then in singles we lost a couple of first sets, so they are a pesky group, they have good tennis players. They are talented and they fought. I am proud of the guys for getting out of the door with a 4-0 win,” said head coach Matt Knoll.
As it did when the two teams met in Waco on April 11, the doubles point came down to a tiebreaker. After the two teams split matches on courts two and three, the point was secured in a tiebreaker at No. 1. Baylor’s Maros Horny and Sergio Ramirez, playing at No. 3, notched their fifth straight doubles win with an 8-2 triumph over the Huskers’ Benedikt Lindheim and Andre Stenger. The victory allowed Ramirez to remain perfect in doubles at 11-0. Next, Nebraska’s Christopher Aumueller and Francois Van Impe downed Jordan Rux and Attila Bucko at No. 2, 8-2. After trailing 6-2 at the top spot, BU’s 27th-ranked tandem of Denes Lukacs and Roberto Maytin found their groove and earned wins in five of the next seven games over 35th-ranked Calin Paar and David Bendheim and had evened the score at 7-7 when Rux and Bucko’s match ended. At that point, with Maytin serving, the Bears were down 30-40 but rallied to win three straight points to go up 8-7. However, Nebraska would hold serve to force a tiebreaker. The Baylor tandem raced out to a 4-0 lead but the Huskers countered with three points of their own. From then on the two teams traded points back and forth, but Bears claimed victory when Maytin jammed the Huskers with his serve, winning the tiebreaker and the set, 9-8 (7-5). In Waco, the result of No. 1 doubles was just the opposite, with Paar and Bendheim winning 9-8 (7-4).
Dominik Muller extended his win streak to six matches with his 6-2, 6-2 victory over Stenger at No. 5 singles to give BU a 2-0 lead. With the victory, Mueller became BU’s all-time dual match victory leader, passing former Bear standout Benjamin Becker, with 93 wins. Next off the court was 14th-ranked Denes Lukacs with his 6-2, 6-4 win over the 80th-rated Aumueller. For the second time today, Maytin was the clincher for the Bears, he also teamed with with Lukacs to clinch in doubles. Playing at No. 4 singles, Maytin squeaked by in the first set 7-6 after winning the tiebreaker 7-5. He then breezed to the win with a 6-2 second-set victory.
“We are just happy to advance. When you are playing tournament tennis you just want to make it to the next round and we are just happy to make it to the next round and we know everybody we are going to play is very good. We know Texas A&M has good players at every position. We are going to have ready to play if we are going to have a chance to win,” said Knoll.
#7 Baylor 4, #40 Nebraska 0
Apr 30, 2010 at Austin, Texas
(Penick-Allison Tennis Center)
Order of finish: 5, 1, 4
1. #14 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #80 Christopher Aumueller (NU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #34 Jordan Rux (BU) vs. #70 Calin Paar (NU) 6-7 (8-10), 2-4, unfinished
3. Attila Bucko (BU) vs. David Bendheim (NU) 2-6, 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
4. Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Francois Van Impe (NU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Andre Stenger (NU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Julian Bley (BU) vs. Benedikt Lindheim (NU) 3-6, 6-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1. #27 Denes Lukacs/Roberto Maytin (BU) def. #35 David Bendheim/Calin Paar (NU) 9-8 (7-5)
2. C. Aumueller/Francois Van Impe (NU) def. Attila Bucko/Jordan Rux (BU) 8-2
3. Maros Horny/Sergio Ramirez (BU) def. Benedikt Lindheim/Andre Stenger (NU) 8-2
Big 12 Championship Quarterfinals