Baylor 4, Texas A&M 0

May 21, 2005

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The defending NCAA champion Baylor men's tennis team advanced one step closer to its goal of a repeat with a 4-0 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday evening. The Bears advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in program history with the win over the host Aggies at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. The Bears will take on the winner of the Duke/Pepperdine match at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The victory raised the Bears' record to 31-0 and extended their school-record win streak to 55 matches while Texas A&M dropped to 17-9.

Texas A&M got off to a quick start when the 22nd-ranked tandem of Brett Joelson and Ante Matijevic upset second-ranked Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga, 8-4. However, the Bears claimed the doubles point with wins at Courts 2 and 3. Benjamin Becker and Jon Reckewey, playing on court 3, leaped out to a 5-2 lead which they never relinquished, going on to win 8-5. BU's Lars Poerschke and Michal Kokta and the Aggies' Zack Malmgren and Bryan Wooten were knotted at 5-5 when the BU tandem reeled off three straight games to claim the doubles point for the Bears, 8-5.

In singles it took Zgaga, a sophomore, only 55 minutes to gain Baylor's second point. He defeated Mohamed Dakki on court 5, 6-1, 6-2. Baylor won all six first sets in singles, three of which were tie-breakers. Kokta, also a sophomore, won his first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6(5) at No. 4 over Joelson then whipped out a 6-2 second set win to earn Baylor its third point. The victory extended Kokta's win streak to 13 matches. Becker extended his win streak to nine matches with his match clenching win over Matijevic on court two. The two went to a tiebreaker in the first set with Becker emerging the victor 7-6(5). Becker, a senior, went on to win 6-2 in the second match. At that point with the match clinched, play on the other three courts was halted. Dorsch, on court 1 won his first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6(4) and was leading 3-1in the second. Poerschke won his first set 6-1 but the second set was tied at 6-6 and 3-3 in the tiebreaker when play was halted. On court 6, Greg Shearer, a senior, claimed a 6- 3 first set win but was trailing 4-3 in the second stanza when the match was called a final.

#1 Baylor 4, #16 Texas A&M 0

Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #22 Joelson/Matijevic (TAMU) def. #2 Dorsch/Zgaga (BU) 8-4
2. Kokta/Poerschke (BU) def. Zack Malmgren/Wooten (TAMU) 8-5
3. Becker/Jon Reckewey (BU) def. Bain/Makowski (TAMU) 8-5

Order of finish: 5, 4, 2
1. #2 Benedikt Dorsch (BU) vs. #14 Jerry Makowski (TAMU) DNF
2. #18 Benjamin Becker (BU) def. #78 Ante Matijevic (TAMU) 7-6 (5), 6-2
3. #50 Lars Poerschke (BU) vs. Bryan Wooten (TAMU) DNF
4. #106 Michal Kokta (BU) def. Brett Joelson (TAMU) 7-6 (5), 6-2
5. Matija Zgaga (BU) def. Mohamed Dakki (TAMU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Greg Shearer (BU) vs. Matt Bain (TAMU) DNF

Baylor 31-0
Texas A&M 17-9

-- Courtesy Baylor