Baylor 4, Pepperdine 0

May 22, 2005

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor men's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships for just the second time in school history with a 4-0 victory over 9th-ranked and 8th-seeded Pepperdine on Sunday afternoon.

The Bears will play Florida, the No. 4 seed, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, on Monday at 6 p.m. (CDT). Top-ranked Baylor and No. 3 Florida met in Gainesville, Fla., on March 2, the Bears posted a 5-2 win in that match. Baylor enters Monday's match at 32-0 and sporting a 56-match win streak while Florida is 24-5 after posting a 4-0 win over Florida State on Sunday. With the loss to the Bears, Pepperdine ends its season at 24-3, two of those losses were to Baylor.

It took BU's Benjamin Becker and Jon Reckewey only 36 minutes to defeat Richard Johnson and Kevin Borzenski on court 3, 8-1. The win avenged an earlier loss to Johnson and Borzenski when the Pepperdine duo won in Waco, 8-3. Second-ranked Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga gained the doubles point for the Bears. The tandem sprinted out to a 4-1 lead and sealed the win by an 8-5 score at the top court over 7th-ranked Scott Doerner and Pedro Rico. On court two, BU's Michal Kokta and Lars Poerschke went up 4-0 but Pepperdine's Ivor Lovrak, a former Baylor player, and Jonas Berg won five of the next six games to go up 6-5. The BU tandem rallied to take the next two games and was leading 7-6 and after going to deuce, had the advantage in the game when play was halted.

In singles Dorsch was off the court in just 55 minutes. He won the first set against 34th-ranked Doerner 6-2. Doerner retired due to heat exhaustion before the second set began giving Baylor its second point of the day. On court two, Becker, ranked No. 18, disposed of 25th ranked Rico 6-3, 6-2. Poerschke, a freshman, clinched the match for the Bears with a three-set win (6-1, 3-6, 6-1) over Jonas Berg on court three.

"We have a lot of respect for Pepperdine. We squeaked by them 4-3 in Waco, so we knew it was going to be a great match. As a group we didn't compete real well. To get to four points is tough, we got the first three real quick but No. 4 was a struggle," said head coach Matt Knoll.

#1 Baylor 4, #9 Pepperdine 0
Order of finish: 3, 1
1. #2 Dorsch/Zgaga (BU) def. #7 Doerner/Rico (PEP) 8-5
2. Kokta/Poerschke (BU) vs. Berg/Lovrak (PEP) DNF
3. Becker/Jon Reckewey (BU) def. Johnson/Kevin Borzenski (PEP) 8-1

Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #2 Benedikt Dorsch (BU) def. #34 Scott Doerner (PEP) 6-2, default (inj.)
2. #18 Benjamin Becker (BU) def. #25 Pedro Rico (PEP) 6-3, 6-2
3. #50 Lars Poerschke (BU) def. Jonas Berg (PEP) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
4. #106 Michal Kokta (BU) vs. Ivor Lovrak (PEP) DNF
5. Matija Zgaga (BU) vs. Richard Johnson (PEP) DNF
6. Greg Shearer (BU) vs. Alexis Rafidison (PEP) DNF

Baylor 32-0
Pepperdine 24-3

-- Courtesy Baylor