No. 6 Bears Too Much For No. 34 Red Raiders|
April 14, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - The sixth-ranked Baylor Bears took an early advantage in doubles and never looked back en route to a 7-0 victory over No. 34 Texas Tech Tuesday night at the McLeod Tennis Center.
With the win, Baylor clinches at least a share of its eighth-consecutive Big 12 regular season title and improves to 20-5 overall and 5-0 in conference. Tech, on the other hand, still has work to do to build its NCAA Championship resume as the Red Raiders are now 12-9 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12.
Baylor took momentum from the beginning as the Bears raced out to a quick 8-2 win at the No. 3 doubles position occupied by Milos Kustudija and David Gonzalez. From there, Baylor would survive a back-and-forth battle at the top slot with Raony Carvalho and Christian Rojmar to take the doubles point with an 8-6 win. Michael Breler and Sinisa Markovic managed an 8-6 win at the No. 2 position following the deciding point.
The Bears would keep their strong play going in singles, taking the first set in all six matches with Dominek Mueller picking up the first win over Rojmar at the No. 3 position, 6-2, 6-0. Despite a tough second set comeback attempt, the nation's sixth-best player, Denes Lukacs, topped Carvalho, 6-3, 7-5, to move Baylor a point away from clinching the match.
Baylor would get the deciding point a few minutes later as Maros Henry outlasted Kustudija in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, in the No. 6 slot. Baylor would continue its dominance in the remaining matches, downing all three of Tech's remaining players, Markovic, Breler and Gonzalez.
"I was proud of the way we came out and competed and thought things might have gone different for us if we played better at No. 1 in doubles and won the doubles point," Tech head coach Tim Siegel said. "Baylor is ranked No. 6 in the country for a reason, though, and they came out and competed hard. Our guys need to put this behind them and get ready for an important weekend."
The Red Raiders conclude the regular season this weekend at home against No. 24 Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. Friday and No. 38 Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Oklahoma match will be Senior Day and all five of Tech's seniors will be recognized prior to their final home match.
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