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Baylor Men's Tennis Falls To No. 8 Oklahoma State, 4-3

The third-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team had its seven-match win streak snapped with a 4-3 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma State Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

It had been over four weeks since the Bears were last defeated, but the Bears came up short to the Cowboys to fall to 20-4 and 1-1 in Big 12 play, while OSU raised its record to 20-4 and 3-1 in conference action. .

The Bears opened the action by securing the doubles point. The No. 29 doubles tandem of Juan Benitez and Will Little reeled off a 6-2 upset of the fifth-best doubles tandem in the nation in Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe on court one. Moments later, Jimmy Bendeck and Johannes Schretter would clinch the doubles point on court three, knocking off the 75th-ranked doubles tandem of Lucas Gerch and Jurence Mendoza, 6-2.

However, the Cowboys would storm back into the match winning four of the first six singles sets. No. 75 Lukas Finzelberg defeated Constantin Frantzen 6-3, 6-0, on court six to knot the match up at one point a piece.

The 74th-ranked Schretter would put down No. 84 Gerch 6-2, 6-4, on court three, to put the Bears up 2-1. The 41st-ranked Max Tchoutakian then put the Bears on the brink of victory by defeating No. 80 Arjun Kadhe, 6-2, 7-5 on court two. 

The Bears would not be able to claim the match-clinching fourth point. The Cowboys rallied back to win the next three singles to secure Sunday’s match victory.

Artur Dubinski began the comeback with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Little on court four. No. 27 Julian Cash would follow Dubinski’s lead by knocking off No. 10 Benitez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The final point came down to court five, where Tristan Meraut defeated Bendeck 6-4, 7-6 (3).

• Overall, Baylor still leads the all-time series, 26-10.
• The Bears have also still taken 13 of the last 15 matches against Oklahoma State, although are losers of two of the past three.
• Baylor is 11-4 versus ranked opponents in 2017.|
• Baylor’s defeat leaves TCU as the only remaining undefeated team in the Big 12.
• The Bears lost their first home match of the 2017 campaign on Sunday. 

"You have to give them credit. They have a good team. I’m really pleased of how we played in doubles because they’re really good in doubles. I think we did a good job there, it’s a good sign of improvement so I’m really pleased with that and it’s a good step for us in the right direction to be competitive in doubles. We just have to execute better. We kind of got out-concentrated, but that’s what is great about playing a tough schedule, you learn." -- head coach Matt Knoll on the loss

Baylor will travel down to Austin on Wednesday, April 12, to take on the Texas Longhorns (18-5) at 6 p.m. CT.

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