WACO, Texas — In its dual match season opener at the Hurd Tennis Center on Friday afternoon, fifth-ranked Baylor defeated Louisiana 7-0. The Bears swept all five singles matches and won two of three doubles matches to blank the Ragin’ Cajuns.
“To be honest, this first match was a little better than I expected. I thought that our general enthusiasm level and toughness was pretty good. I was pretty pleased, don’t know that we played great tennis all over the place and certainly we had a disappointing result at No. 1 doubles but you looked up and down the courts and everyone fought hard and did a good job,” Baylor head coach Matt Knoll said.
Baylor’s first five finishers in singles swept matches in two sets. Robert Verzaal was the first off the court for the Bears, claiming a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6. Mate Zsiga, ranked No. 20, earned BU’s second singles point playing at No. 1, 6-0, 6-1.
He was followed in order by Lars Behlen (6-1, 6-3), Roberto Maytin (6-3, 6-2), Kike Grangeiro (6-3, 6-3) and Marko Krickovic. Krickovic’s match went three sets, he dropped the first set, won the second then won the super tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Baylor got wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to claim the point. Krickovic and Verzaal teamed to win on court two while Grangeiro and Zsiga won at No. 3.