ATHENS, Ga. -- Baylor (26-5) swept Illinois (24-9) 4-0 on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex to earn a spot in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA championships.
BU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point with wins on court Nos. 2 and 3. Baylor’s pairing of Julian Lenz and Michel Dornbusch was first to finish, recording an 8-3 win versus Blake Bazarnik and Farris Gosea at the No. 3 spot. Baylor then clinched the point with an 8-6 win by Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri on court No. 2.With the doubles point in hand, Baylor jumped all over the Illini in singles play. The Bears claimed five of six first sets and never looked to lose any of the momentum attained in doubles play.
Lenz was the first Baylor player off court in singles play after securing a 6-2, 6-2 win at the top of the lineup versus Jared Hiltzik to give the Bears a 2-0 lead in the match. After losing his first three games in the first set, Galeano roared back to claim the next five games to set up his 6-4, 6-3 win on court No. 3 against Tim Kopinski.
Baylor clinched the match deciding point on court No. 4 where Dornbusch disposed of Blake Bazarnik 6-4, 6-4 to propel the Bears into the quarterfinal round of the championships.