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Baylor Men’s Tennis Jumps to Season-High No. 4 Rank

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Following three-straight wins over ranked opponents, the Baylor men’s tennis team jumped to No. 4 nationally in the latest Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Men’s National Rankings, the ITA announced Tuesday.

Winners of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge Presented by Oracle, the Bears moved up from No. 6 into the top five for the first time since being No. 4 after starting the 2016 season at 5-0. 

Last weekend at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, BU won its first ever Collegiate Tennis Challenge title with victories against No. 32 SMU, No. 11 Cal and No. 5 USC 4-3 in the final.

The Bears have now been ranked in top five at one point in each of the last three seasons and in 15 of the last 16 years.

Baylor opened the year at No. 22 in the preseason edition of the rankings and has since sprinted out to a 16-3 record with a 9-3 mark against ranked foes. BU’s only losses on the year are to then No. 4 Cal, No. 9 USC and No. 13 UCLA.

Individually, Juan Benitez skyrocketed to No. 5 in the country in the singles rankings, after being No. 15 in the last set. Benitez is 13-3 in dual-match singles play with all of those matches coming at the No. 1 spot in the lineup.

Meanwhile, the Bears have two other ranked singles players in Max Tchoutakian (No. 37) and Johannes Schretter (No. 100). In doubles, Benitez and Will Little debuted as a duo in the rankings at No. 29, while Little and Schretter are still listed at No. 72 in the country.

Baylor will now host a dual-match doubleheader next Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Hurd Tennis Center. BU will face Memphis at 2 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. match vs. Prairie View A&M.

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