UTEP Falls To Northwestern State, 6-1

DENTON – Freshman Marie LeBlond posted a win at No. 5 singles while the doubles tandem of Carolina DeLuca/Martina Trierweiler rolled at the top slot to highlight the play for the UTEP tennis team in a 6-1 setback against Northwestern State Saturday afternoon.

The Miners (4-10) competed hard but were unable to get things going against the defending Southland Conference champion Demons (10-3). UTEP fell behind early after NSU staked the doubles point, and it could not make up the deficit during singles action.

“I thought we played well, it was just a very tough opponent,” UTEP head coach Victor Aguilar said. “I am proud of how the ladies competed. We are getting ready for conference with each match we play.”

At the No. 1 doubles position, it was the Orange and Blue who were in top form. DeLuca/Trierweiler toppled Olga Bazhanova/Adna Curukovic, 8-5. The Demons were able to recover, though, with Kathrin Lange/Bianca Schulz besting Alexandra Glebova/Dariya Abdrakhmanova, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles and Andrea Nedorostova/Martina Rubesova derailing the duo of Ximena Fuentes/Gabi Vazquez, 8-0, at the second spot.

Following a short break, singles play commenced where LeBlond led the way. She locked up with Nedorostova at the No. 5 spot, and promptly dropped the first set by a count of 4-6. LeBlond remained composed, though, and bounced back in the second set, 7-5. It went to a super tiebreaker, in lieu of the third set, but she handled the format change like a seasoned veteran. She claimed it, 11-9.

Glebova kept things tight against Schultz at No. 4 singles but had to settle for the moral victory. She was held off, 3-6, 5-7. Fuentes battled Lange at No. 6. She came up shy in the first set, 4-6, but recovered to claim the second set by a count of 6-3. In the super breaker, however, she was out of rhythm in the 4-10 defeat.

Vazquez and Rubesova took to the court together for No. 3 singles. The freshman was tripped up in the opening set, 2-6. She played much better in the second set but still was downed, 4-6. DeLuca hard a very similar situation against Curukovic at No. 2 singles. She was bounced, 1-6, to open up the match before forcing her foe to secure a much narrower margin of triumph, 4-6, in the second set. Trierweiler never got on track in her match against Bazhanova at No. 1 singles, falling 2-6, 2-6.

The Miners will conclude their stay in Denton, Texas, by taking on UC Santa Barbara at 9 a.m. MDT Sunday.

Singles competition
1. Olga Bazhanova (NWST) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2
2. Adna Curukovic (NWST) def. Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Martina Rubesova (NWST) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
4. Bianca Schulz (NWST) def. Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) 6-3, 7-5
5. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) def. Andrea Nedorostova (NWST) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Kathrin Lange (NWST) def. Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4

Doubles competition
1. Carolina DeLuca/Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) def. Olga Bazhanova/Adna Curukovic (NWST) 8-5
2. Andrea Nedorostova/Martina Rubesova (NWST) def. Ximena Fuentes/Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 8-0
3. Kathrin Lange/Bianca Schulz (NWST) def. Alexandra Glebova/Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 8-2

No. 4 Texas falls to Oklahoma, 4-3

Horns get singles wins from Kellen Damico, Jean Andersen and Ed Corrie in defeat to the Sooners.

NORMAN, Okla. – No. 4 Texas (13-5, 0-1 Big 12) picked up singles wins from Kellen Damico, Jean Andersen and Ed Corrie, but No. 30 Oklahoma (10-3, 1-0 Big 12) rallied for a 4-3 win over the Longhorns Friday evening in a match spanning over five hours at OU’s Headington Family Tennis Center.

Texas picked up a victory at first doubles from the fifth-ranked tandem of Corrie and Andersen, as the duo dealt OU’s Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov an 8-4 defeat. But, the Sooners claimed the other two doubles positions, as Texas surrendered the doubles point for just the second time this season.

Damico put the Horns on the board at second singles, where he posted a commanding 6-1, 6-2 win over OK’s 65th-ranked Costin Paval. Texas assumed the lead at third singles, where Andersen dealt Laurentiu Gavrila a 6-4, 6-3 defeat. The Sooners evened the match at two, as Lawrence Formentera outlasted UT sophomore Daniel Whitehead by a 7-5, 6-4 count at fifth singles.

Texas’ Corrie staked the Horns to a 3-2 lead, as he defeated the Sooners’ 34th-ranked Beleleu, 7-6 (2), 6-2 at the first slot. However, Oklahoma stayed in the match at sixth singles, where Mihov defeated UT freshman Sudanwa Sitaram, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (4). UT’s Vasko Mladenov took the first set off of Peerakit Siributwong at fourth singles, 6-4, but Siributwong rallied to take the next two sets, 7-6 (7), 7-5 to seal the victory for the Sooners

Texas resumes Big 12 Conference play on Sunday when it visits Oklahoma State.

#4 Texas 4, #30 Oklahoma 3
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. #5 Corrie/Andersen (UT) def. Beleleu/Mihov (OU), 8-4
2. Paval/Siributwong (OU) def. #28 Damico/Holiner (UT), 8-6
3. Gavrila/Formentera (OU) def. Mladenov/Whitehead (UT), 8-1
Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 3, 5, 1, 6, 4
1. #33 Ed Corrie (UT) def. #34 Ionut Beleleu (OU), 7-6(2), 6-2
2. #90 Kellen Damico (UT) def. #65 Costin Paval (OU), 6-1, 6-2
3. #80 Jean Andersen (UT) def. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU), 6-4, 6-3
4. #113 Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Vasko Mladenov (UT) – 4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5

5. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Daniel Whitehead (UT), 7-5, 6-4
6. Tsvetan Mihov (OU) def. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT), 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-6(4)

Owls Fight Off Shocker Challenge

The Rice women’s tennis team used a tight battle for the doubles point as the springboard for a 5-2 win over Wichita State at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Friday. The win snapped a five-match losing streak for the Owls (10-8).

“I am very proud of the fight out team showed today,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “It was great to see everyone bounce back after such a tough loss last week and I thought we competed well at every position.”

For the second consecutive match, the Owls found themselves in need of a win in a tie-breaker to capture the doubles point and Rebekka Hänle and Ana Guzman delivered the point with a 9-8 win at No. 1.

After splitting the first two singles matches and holding a 2-1 lead, Rice responded to the Shockers’ challenge, clinching the match with wins by Hänle and No. 2 and Kim Anicete at No. 5. Senior Jessica Jackson wrapped up the match and made the final margin 5-2 by winning a third-set, tie-break 10-2.

Rice will be back in action on Sunday morning at 11a.m. when they host C-USA rival Tulane.

Tennis Match Results
Wichita State vs Rice
3/25/2011 at Houston, TX
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
#69 Rice 5, Wichita State 2
Singles competition
1. Lutfiana Budiharto (WSU) def. Dominique Harmath (RICE) 6-3, 6-2
2. #110 Rebekka Hänle (RICE) def. Veronika Blaskova (WSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Raphaela Zotter (WSU) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2)
4. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Carla Venticinque (WSU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kim Anicete (RICE) def. Delia Damaschin (WSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Montse Fernandez (WSU) def. Alex Rasch (RICE) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)

Doubles competition
1. Rebekka Hänle/Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Veronika Blaskova/Montse Fernandez (WSU) 9-8 (7-2)
2. Dominique Harmath/Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Raphaela Zotter/Lutfiana Budiharto (WSU) 9-7
3. Daniella Trigo/Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Carla Venticinque/Delia Damaschin (WSU) 8-4

Match Notes:
Wichita State 6-8
Rice 10-8; National ranking #69
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,5,6.3)

No. 26 Texas defeats Kansas State, 5-2

Longhorns improve to 4-0 in conference play behind two doubles wins and four singles victories.

WAMEGO, Kan. – No. 26 Texas (9-4, 4-0 Big 12) took two of three matches and four of six singles matches to secure a 5-2 victory over Kansas State Friday afternoon at the Wamego Recreation Complex.

UT’s Amanda Craddock and Cierra Gaytan-Leach opened with an 8-4 win over Petra Niedermayerova and Nina Sertic at first doubles before the Wildcats responded with a win at third doubles. Texas, however, went on to win the doubles point at the second slot, where Krista Damico and Aeriel Ellis posted an 8-6 win over Antea Huljev and Karla Bonacic.

Texas extended its lead to 2-0 at sixth singles, where senior Caroline Larsson dealt Carmen Borau Ramos a 6-2, 6-3 defeat. The lead extended to 3-0 after senior Maggie Mello finished off a 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over Bonacic at third singles. The Longhorns clinched the match at fourth singles, where Craddock posted a 7-6 (2), 7-5 win over Ana Gomez Aleman.

Kansas State claimed two of the three remaining matches, and the Horns’ Juliana Gajic added a 6-4, 7-5 win over Sertic at fifth singles.

Texas concludes its weekend road swing on Saturday when it takes on Kansas at noon in Lawrence, Kan.

#26 Texas 5, #39 Kansas State 2
Wamego Recreation Complex – Wamego, Kan.
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1. Amanda Craddock/Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Nina Sertic (KSU), 8-4
2. Krista Damico/Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. Antea Huljev/Karla Bonacic (KSU), 8-6
3. Ana Gomez Aleman/Petra Chuda (KSU) def. Juliana Gajic/Maggie Mello (UT), 8-4

Singles – Order of Finish: 6, 3, 4*, 1, 5, 2
1. Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. (15) Aeriel Ellis (UT), 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
2. Antea Huljev (KSU) def. Krista Damico (UT), 5-7, 7-6 (1), 1-0 (10-4)
3. Maggie Mello (UT) def. Karla Bonacic (KSU), 6-3, 7-6 (3)
4. Amanda Craddock (UT) def. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU), 7-6 (2), 7-5
5. Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Nina Sertic (KSU), 6-4, 7-5
6. Caroline Larsson (UT) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 6-2, 6-3

North Texas Holds On, Downs UTEP 4-3

DENTON – North Texas tennis edged the UTEP Miners, 4-3, Friday afternoon in a close match at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

The win gives the Mean Green (5-9) its first back-to-back wins of the season after defeating conference foe South Alabama last week.

“The team put forth great effort today,” said associate head coach Jeff Maren. “We played incredible doubles and solid singles. Our three losses could have gone either way and we played very well at the No. 3, four and five spots. This is a nice confidence boost going into our match Sunday against Northwestern State.”

North Texas jumped out easily during doubles, sweeping the Miners (4-9) in all three matches.

The top doubles slot saw junior Irina Paraschiv and sophomore Barbora Vykydalova take down the duo of Martina Trierweiler and Carolina DeLuca 8-4.

Madura Ranganathan and Nadia Lee registered the most impressive doubles victory when they turned in a dominant 8-2 win over UTEP’s second doubles team.

Singles saw the Mean Green clinch the match early, turning in the first three victories in convincing fashion.

Lee grabbed the first singles match without dropping a single game to Dariya Abdrakhmanova , 6-0, 6-0.

Junior Paula Dinuta, who was forced to retire due to illness last time out, gave North Texas its third point of the day, shooting down the No. 3 Miner player in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.

Ranganathan clinched the match for the Mean Green from the No. 4 slot. The senior fought through a back and forth first set before cruising through the second for the 6-4, 6-0 win over Alexandra Glebova.

The Miners would go on to capture the final three matches in tiebreakers, including a marathon match in which UTEP’s DeLuca defeated Vykydalova 7-5, 6-7, 1-0.

North Texas will be back in action Sunday at Noon when it hosts the Northwestern State Lady Demons at the Waranch Tennis Complex. As always, admission is free of charge.

Singles competition
1. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) def. Irina Paraschiv (UNT) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (10-5)
2. Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) def. Barbora Vykydalova (UNT) 7-5, 6-7, 1-0 (10-7)
3. Paula Dinuta (UNT) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
4. Madura Ranganathan (UNT) def. Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) 6-3, 6-0
5. Nadia Lee (UNT) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0
6. Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) def. Amy Joubert (UNT) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Doubles competition
1. Irina Paraschiv/Barbora Vykydalova (UNT) def. Martina Trierweiler/Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) 8-4
2. Madura Ranganathan/Nadia Lee (UNT) def. Gabi Vazquez/Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) 8-2
3. Amy Joubert/Paula Dinuta (UNT) def. Alexandra Glebova/Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 8-3

No. 9 Baylor Rides Singles to Win Over No. 33 SMU

Baylor won four of six singles matches to earn the 4-3 win

WACO – Baylor’s ninth-ranked women’s tennis team overcame a loss in doubles to win 4-3 over No. 33 SMU on Wednesday night at the Baylor Tennis Center. The win marked BU’s 13th in a row over the Mustangs.

“We are just not finishing in our doubles play tonight, but we were able to bounce back pretty well in singles,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We just aren’t quite there in singles across the board yet. We have a few players playing well, but it’s a team sport and we need to have everybody playing well.”

After dropping the doubles point, Baylor’s singles lineup took it upon itself to ensure that it wouldn’t endure a second loss in less than a week. Senior Taylor Ormond and junior Diana Nakic combined to lose only a total of five games and get the momentum rolling for the Lady Bears. Ormond took down Kris Roberts on Court 6 with back-to-back 6-1 sets, while No. 44 Nakic hit a hot streak and cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Heather Steinbauer on Court 3.

Shortly after Baylor took its 2-1 lead, No. 34 Nina Secerbegovic earned hard-fought win on Court 2 over Edyta Cieplucha. The BU junior took a straight-set, 6-3, 6-3 win on Court 2.

With Baylor just a point from a win, and Karolina Filipiak up a set and a break on Court 4, the senior took over in the second set. Filipiak defeated Shahazoda Hatamova 6-4, 6-2 to earn the clinching point for the Lady Bears.

Courts 1 and 4 were each tied at one set each when the match was decided, leaving each to play a super tiebreaker to 10 points. On Court 4, Jelena Stanivuk tied the match at one set each with a 6-1 second set, after dropping the first 6-4. Battling back and forth with SMU’s Aleksandra Malyarchikova, Stanivuk was unable to come back, falling 10-7 in the tiebreak.

Novakova, ranked 19th, suffered the same fate on Court 1 against ninth-ranked Marta Lesniak. With three chances to close out the match, Novakova couldn’t get the clinching point, while Lesniak held on to win the tiebreak 14-12.

On the doubles courts, the point once again came down to the wire for Baylor, as SMU was able to get wins on Courts 1 and 2 to take a 1-0 lead. Baylor’s duo of Ormond and Filipiak were able to get the break points they needed to win 8-5, but SMU’s Cieplucha and Steinbauer even the doubles matches with an 8-6 win over Novakova and Nakic.

With the point on the shoulders of Court 1, Baylor’s Secerbegovic and Stanivuk erased a 5-1 deficit to tie the match at 6-6, but SMU’s Lesniak and Malyarchikova earned a break point and served the match out for a 9-7 win.

Baylor travels to the State of Oklahoma this weekend for back-to-back matches on Saturday and Sunday. The Lady Bears will face Oklahoma State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Stillwater, then travel to Norman, to take on No. 18 Oklahoma, also at 1 p.m.

Southern Methodist vs Baylor
Mar 23, 2011 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
#9 Baylor 4, #33 Southern Methodist 3
Singles competition
1. #9 Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. #19 Sona Novakova (BU) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (14-12)
2. #34 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) 6-3, 6-3
3. #44 Diana Nakic (BU) def. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Aleks Malyarchikova (SMU) def. #119 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-7)
5. #116 Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Shahazoda Hatamova (SMU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Taylor Ormond (BU) def. Kris Roberts (SMU) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Marta Lesniak/Aleks Malyarchikova (SMU) def. #73 Jelena Stanivuk/Nina Secerbegovic (BU) 9-7
2. Edyta Cieplucha/Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. Diana Nakic/Sona Novakova (BU) 8-6
3. Taylor Ormond/Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Shahazoda Hatamova/Kris Roberts (SMU) 8-5

Match Notes:
Southern Methodist 12-4; National ranking #33
Baylor 12-3; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,2,5,4,1)

Frogs Stretch Winning Streak to Three With 5-2 Win

TCU has never lost in 14 matches with UTA

ARLINGTON – The TCU women’s tennis team stayed in the win column Wednesday with a 5-2 win over UT-Arlington at the UTA Tennis Center.

It was the third-straight win for TCU, which improved its season mark to 5-6. The 59th-ranked Mavericks dropped to 9-4 on the year. The Horned Frogs improved to 4-1 on the year against opponents from the state of Texas and have never lost in 14 matches with UTA.

“I was happy with our conditioning again today, especially in the longer matches,” TCU assistant coach Jason Marshall said. “At No. 1 doubles, we got down a break, but we able to come back. We’re feeling healthy and that’s good for these longer matches. The game ball today goes to Federica Denti.”

Denti earned the match-clinching fourth point for TCU at No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 triumph. It was the Bellano, Italy’s native’s fourth-straight win and second win of the season at the No. 2 slot. Denti returned to the lineup after sitting out singles against Rice due to injury.

The Frogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead by way of doubles wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. TCU’s No. 2 tandem of Gaby Mastromarino and Olivia Smith improved their season record to 4-6 with an 8-4 win over UTA’s Giada D’ortona and Natalia Mayuk.

The 52nd-ranked duo of Denti and Katariina Tuohimaa clinched the doubles point for TCU with an 8-6 win at the expense of Daiana Negreanu and Linda Aqvist at the No. 1 doubles spot.

TCU quickly extended its lead to 2-0 with Smith’s 6-3, 6-3 win over Katarina Michochova at No. 4 singles. The Bath, England, native is 6-5 this spring.

After UTA won at Nos. 5 and 1 singles to square the match at 2, Shalina Sahoo extended her singles-match winning streak to five with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over D’Ortona at the No. 6 slot. Her win brought her season mark to 7-4 and made the match 3-1 in favor of the Purple and White.

Denti’s win clinched the four needed points for TCU and Mastromarino provided the exclamation point with a 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-5) win to seal a 5-2 win for the Frogs. The Tequesta, Fla., native has won four in a row.

The Frogs take a short break before returning to action March 29 against North Texas. The match is a reschedule of a previous match that was rained out at the ITA Kickoff Weekend.

Tennis Match Results – March 23, 2011
UTA Tennis Center – Arlington, Texas
#75 TCU 5, #59 UT Arlington 2

SINGLES
1. Daiana Negreanu (W-UTA) def. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) 7-5, 6-2
2. Federica Denti (TCU) def. Linda Aqvist (W-UTA) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
3. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Maria Martinez (W-UTA) 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Katarina Micochova (W-UTA) 6-3, 6-3
5. Natalia Mayuk (W-UTA) def. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Shalini Sahoo (TCU) def. Giada D’ortona (W-UTA) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3

DOUBLES
1. Katariina Tuohimaa/Federica Denti (TCU) def. Daiana Negreanu/Linda Aqvist (W-UTA) 8-6
2. Olivia Smith/Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Giada D’ortona/Natalia Mayuk (W-UTA) 8-4
3. Maria Martinez/Nikola Matovicova (W-UTA) def. Maria Babanova/Shalini Sahoo (TCU) 9-7

MATCH NOTES
TCU 5-6; National ranking #75
UT Arlington 9-4; National ranking #59
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,1,6,2,3)

Baylor Remains Perfect Versus Stanford

Bears take a 5-2 win over the eighth-ranked Cardinal to earn their ninth victory in 10 matches.

WACO – The 16th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team ran its win streak to 11 consecutive matches over Stanford with a 5-2 victory against the eighth-ranked Cardinal on Tuesday night at the Baylor Tennis Center.

“I am proud of the guys,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “I think that we are obviously playing a lot better. We are just really looking forward to what is next.”

BU has won its last three matches and nine of its last 10 to improve its overall record to 11-3. The match was the final contest in a season long eight-match homestand for the Bears, who went 7-1 on the stretch. At home this season, Baylor is now 10-2 and against ranked opponents the Bears are 6-3.

The loss dropped Stanford to 8-4 on the year. Meanwhile, the Bears have never lost to the Cardinal holding an 11-0 mark against Stanford in a series that dates back to 1999.

“We have been fortunate sometimes and again tonight there were a lot of really good matches,” Knoll said. “We are just kind of lucky to win a little more than our share of them. We are just happy for the guys that were able to come through in tough situations.”

Baylor opened the match with its 12th straight doubles point win as Jordan Rux and Sergio Ramirez snapped a two-match losing streak to beat Denis Lin and Matt Kandath, 8-3, at the No. 2 spot.

Following that win Kike Grangeiro and Julian Bley improved to 12-1 on the season with an 8-6 upset of the 79th-ranked Alex Clayton and Ted Kelly at No. 3 doubles.

With the point clinched, the seventh-ranked duo of Roberto Maytin and John Peers had their nine-match win streak ended as they were bested by Stanford’s sixth-ranked tandem of Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn, 9-8(6) at the top of the lineup.

For the second straight match Knoll used the same singles lineup, which led to four straight-set victories for the Bears.

First off the court was Maytin (No. 96), who cruised past Lin, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 4 position. The win was the sophomore’s eighth in his last nine matches and upped his dual-match record to 10-2.

Stanford would cut the BU lead to 2-1 as the 36th-ranked Thacher downed Dennis Lengsfeld at the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 7-5, but that was as close as the Cardinal would get as Baylor won the next three singles matches off.

At the No. 5 position, No. 99 Grangeiro took out Kandath, 7-5, 6-4, before the 27th-ranked Peers would secure his biggest win of the year with a 6-4, 7-6(4) upset of the 10th-ranked Klahn. The win over the defending NCAA champion snapped a three-match losing streak for Peers and raised his record to 11-3.

“For John to bounce back from losing the last three matches and beat the defending NCAA champion was pretty incredible,” Knoll said. “What a great result for him.”

With the match in hand, Ramirez would go on to grab another upset for the Bears as he beat No. 93 Clayton, 7-5, 6-4, at the No. 2 spot.

“Great win for Sergio to beat a really great guy there,” Knoll said.

Stanford got its second point of the night in the last match on as Greg Hirshman stopped Bley’s five-match win streak with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(4) win.

“We just need to get nine tough spots and we are doing that,” Knoll said. “If you do that you are not going win them all, but it just gives everybody a lot of confidence. You feel like you give yourself a chance.”

The Bears will now open their 15th season of Big 12 play with a trip to No. 17 Texas Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. BU is 23-25 against Texas Tech all-time, but the Bears have never lost to the Red Raiders in the Matt Knoll era holding a 16-0 mark against them in that span.

MATCH NOTES: The Bears are 253-84 against ranked opponents and 261-67 against nonconference opponents in Matt Knoll’s tenure. All-time at the Baylor Tennis Center the Bears are now 139-9.

#16 Baylor 5, #8 Stanford 2
Mar 22, 2011 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #27 John Peers (BU) def. #10 Bradley Klahn (STAN) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Sergio Ramirez (BU) def. #93 Alex Clayton (STAN) 7-5, 6-4
3. #36 Ryan Thacher (STAN) def. Dennis Lengsfeld (BU) 6-3, 7-5
4. #96 Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Denis Lin (STAN) 6-4, 6-3
5. #99 Kike Grangeiro (BU) def. Matt Kandath (STAN) 7-5, 6-4
6. Greg Hirshman (STAN) def. Julian Bley (BU) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)

Doubles competition
1. #6 Ryan Thacher/Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. #7 John Peers/Roberto Maytin (BU) 9-8 (8-6)
2. Jordan Rux/Sergio Ramirez (BU) def. Denis Lin/Matt Kandath (STAN) 8-3
3. Kike Grangeiro/Julian Bley (BU) def. #79 Alex Clayton/Ted Kelly (STAN) 8-6

Match Notes:
Stanford 8-4; National ranking #8
Baylor 11-3; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,3,5,1,2,6)

No. 6 Texas shuts out St. Edward’s, 7-0

Horns close out the Hilltoppers in their last match before the start of conference play.

AUSTIN – No. 6 Texas (13-4) swept the nine singles and doubles matches and cruised to a 7-0 victory over St. Edward’s Sunday evening at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Texas put away the Hilltoppers in swift fashion in the doubles session. Sophomore Chris Camillone and freshman Sudanwa Sitaram dealt Alexandre Bueno and James Rogers an 8-1 defeat at third doubles, and senior Kellen Damico teamed up with sophomore Alex Hilliard to post an 8-3 win over Pedro Bronstrup and Ryan Wiggins at the second slot. UT senior Ed Corrie and Jean Andersen closed out the doubles session at the No. 1 slot with an 8-4 win over Ned Boone and Mick Walter.

Sophomore Daniel Whitehead notched a 6-1, 6-1 win over Wiggins at third singles, and Corrie registered a 6-0, 6-3 win over Boone at first singles. Sophomore Vasko Mladenov provided the clinching point with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Walter at the second position.

Hilliard added a 6-1, 6-2 win over Bueno at sixth singles, and Sitaram notched a 6-2, 6-4 win over Bronstrup at fourth singles. Sophomore Ben Chen finished off the victory with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Rogers at fifth singles.

Texas opens Big 12 Conference play on Friday, March 25 at Oklahoma

#6 Texas 7, St. Edward’s 0
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1 #5 Ed Corrie/Jean Andersen (UT) def. Ned Boone/Mick Walter (St. Ed’s) – 8-4
2 Kellen Damico/Alex Hilliard (UT) def. Pedro Bronstrup/Ryan Wiggins (St. Ed’s) – 8-3
3 Chris Camillone/Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Alexandre Bueno/James Rogers (St. Ed’s) – 8-1

Singles – Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 6, 4, 5
1 #33 Ed Corrie (UT) def. Ned Boone (St. Ed’s) – 6-0, 6-3
2 Vasko Mladenov (UT) def. Mick Walter (St. Ed’s) – 6-2, 6-4
3 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Ryan Wiggins (St. Ed’s) – 6-1, 6-1
4 Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Pedro Bronstrup (St. Ed’s) – 6-2, 6-4
5 Ben Chen (UT) def. James Rogers (St. Ed’s) – 7-6, 6-2
6 Alex Hilliard (UT) def. Alexandre Bueno (St. Ed’s) – 6-1, 6-2

TCU Drops Close Battle At No. 31 Oklahoma, 4-3

The Horned Frogs claim three singles wins on the road

NORMAN, Okla. – The TCU men’s tennis dropped a tight road contest Sunday, falling to No. 31 Oklahoma, 4-3, at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Okla.

“We lost a tough one today, but I saw a huge improvement in our team,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “Our goal was to figure out ways to come back in matches after we dropped the opening set and we did that twice today. If we can compete the way we did today, we will have a good conference season and I’m proud of the guys. I think we learned something about our team today.”

OU needed a tiebreaker to edge TCU in doubles portion. The Frogs top tandem of Emanuel Brighiu and Christopher Price cruised to an 8-2 win against the Sooners’ team of Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov. After OU evened the doubles tally on the middle court, the duo of Laurentlu Gavrila and Lawrence Formentera clipped TCU’s pairing of Paul Chappell and Cameron Nash, 9-8 (3).

The two teams traded wins in singles action. TCU sophomore Soren Gortizka put up the first win to even the team score, taking down Gavrila from the No. 4 court, 6-3, 6-4.

After the Sooners’ picked up wins at the top two courts, the Frogs rallied to claim a pair of three-set victories from Daniel Sanchez and Nash. Sanchez scrapped to defeat Mihov, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, while Nash upended Formentera, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

With the team score knotted at 3-3, OU’s Peerakit Siributwong and TCU’s Price had the weight of the match on their shoulders. After falling in the first set, Price scratched his way into the third set after winning a tiebreaker. In the end, the Sooners would pick up the team win on Siributwong’s 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory.

No. 61 TCU (5-10) will return to action Saturday, March 26, heading to Houston to take on Rice.

No. 31 Oklahoma (9-3) def No. 61 TCU (5-10), 4-3
Headington Family Tennis Center | Norman, Okla.

SINGLES
1. Costin Paval (OU) def. Emanuel Brighiu (TCU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. Slah Mbarek (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Christopher Price (TCU) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3
4. Soren Gortizka (TCU) def. Laurentlu Gavrilla (OU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Daniel Sanchez (TCU) def. Tsvetan Mihov (OU) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
6. Cameron Nash (TCU) def. Lawrence Formentera (OU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1, 6, 5, 3*

DOUBLES
1. #44 Brighiu/Price (TCU) def. Beleleu/Mihov (OU) 8-2
2. Paval/Siributwong (OU) def. Mbarek/Sanchez (TCU) 8-6
3. Gavrila/Formentera (OU) def. Chappell/Nash (TCU) 9-8 (3)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*