LEXINGTON, Ky. – Baylor upset seventh-ranked Kentucky 4-3 on Monday afternoon, snapping the Wildcats’ 14-match home win streak. The victory at the Boone Tennis Complex came down to the very last match on when Diego Galeano and Mate Zsiga, playing together for the very first time, won a tiebreak on court three to clinch the match for the Bears.
The loss was the Wildcats’ first home defeat since dropping a match to Ohio State last season. They are now 54-10 at home since the start of the 2009 season.
The victory raised Baylor’s record to 10-7 while Kentucky drops to 15-4. The Bears have now won six of their last eight matches, their two losses were at No. 4 UCLA and at No. 24 Tennessee. In a reversal of the normal order of play, singles was contested first.
The Wildcats got on the board first when Anthony Rossi downed Marko Krickovic, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3. Baylor would go up 3-1 with a sweep at the No. 5, No. 4 and No. 1 positions respectively.
Kike Grangeiro earned Baylor its first point with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph against Alejandro Gomez, Diego Galeano followed by besting Tom Jomby 6-3, 6-4 and Mate Zsiga put BU up 3-1 with a win against Eric Quigley 6-4, 7-6(8). The victory was Zsiga’s eighth consecutive win and raised his team-best record to 27-4 overall and 13-1 in dual match play. Zsiga handed Quigley his first loss of the dual match season. Kentucky won matches at the No. 2 and No. 6 positions to even the score at 3-3 going into doubles action.
Playing at No. 1 doubles, Roberto Maytin and Kike Grangeiro gained their first victory as a doubles tandem in three tries when they upset the 17th-ranked duo of Quigley and Panav Jha 8-6. The Wildcats countered with a win at No. 2 when Rossi and Musialek downed Krickovic and Bley 8-6.
At that time, BU’s Galeano/Zsiga and KU’s Gomez/Jomby were tied at 7-7 on court three. The pairs dueled to an 8-8 tie before the Bears tandem won the tiebreak 7-5 to clinch match 9-8 and earn the victory for Baylor.