Feb. 14, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The 19th-ranked men’s tennis team ended its stay at the 2010 ITA National Indoor Team Championships with a 4-0 loss to No. 5 Baylor on Sunday at the Boar’s Head Tennis Club. The Crimson Tide drops to 3-4 on the season, while the Bears improve to 6-2 overall with the win.
“Despite the result our team improved and grew up a little today,” head coach Billy Pate said. “Coach (Bo) Hodge and I couldn’t be more proud of our team. We left it all out on the court and played with the type of energy and sense of urgency we need to see day in and day out. Baylor is clearly one of the top teams in the country and has a lot of experience.”
Baylor hopped in front early after taking the doubles point with wins on courts two and three, however, it would Alabama getting the first win in doubles as sophomores Ricky Doverspike and Michael Davis took down junior Jordan Rux and freshman Roberto Maytin 8-5 at No. 1. From there, the Bears earned an 8-4 victory in the No. 3 spot with senior Attila Bucko and sophomore Julian Bley over Tide freshman Jarryd Botha and senior Houssam Yassine. Baylor secured the first point of the match with an 8-5 win at No. 2 as senior Denes Lukacs and sophomore Maros Horny edged freshman Ian Chadwell and sophomore Michael Thompson 8-5.
The Bears continued to rack up the points in singles first at No. 1 as Lukacs roped in a 6-2, 6-0 win over 62nd-ranked senior Saketh Myneni. Baylor picked up another straight-sets win on court six as Bley collected a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Davis putting the Bears within one point of the dual match win. All but one of the remaining matches went into third sets where Baylor eventually got its final win at No. 4 as senior Dominik Mueller earned a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Botha.
The remaining three matches that went unfinished were all close. At No. 2 singles, Doverspike took his first set 6-4 over 11th-ranked Rux before Rux went on to win the second 6-3. The Bear netter was up 5-2 in the third when play was suspended. On court three, 123rd-ranked Thompson came back from a 6-3 first-set loss to Bucko to take the second 6-4. The match was on serve in the third 4-4 at the end. Finally on court five, Horny narrowly edged Tide senior Houssam Yassine 7-5 in the first set, but Yassine took the second at 6-3 and was about to start the third when play ended.
“The score really was not indicative of how close this match was,” Pate added. “Once Baylor got the 3-0 lead we had the rest of the guys on court in winnable third sets. We just need to improve our doubles and get off to better starts.”
The Tide remains on the road next weekend when it travels to Norman to take on No. 45 Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 19. Opening serve is slated for 6:00 p.m. (CST).
1. Doverspike/Davis (UA) def. Rux/Maytin (BU) 8-5
2. Lukacs/Horny (BU) def. Chadwell/Thompson (UA) 8-5
3. Bucko/Bley (BU) def. Botha/Yassine (UA) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
1. Denes Lukacs (BU) def. No. 62 Saketh Myneni (UA) 6-2, 6-0
2. No. 11 Jordan Rux (BU) vs. Ricky Doverspike (UA) 4-6, 6-3, 5-2, unf.
3. Attila Bucko (BU) vs. No. 123 Michael Thompson (UA) 6-3, 4-6, 4-4, unf.
4. senior Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Jarryd Botha (UA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Maros Horny (BU) vs. Houssam Yassine (UA) 7-5, 3-6, unf.
6. Julian Bley (BU) def. Michael Davis (UA) 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1,6,4*