The 18th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team (21-9) rolled past No. 36 Arizona State (14-11) in NCAA First Round action Friday morning at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.
Baylor advances to the NCAA Second Round and will face host and No. 5 overall seed Texas A&M on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. Saturday’s winner will advance to the NCAA Round of 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
In doubles action, the duo of Johannes Schretter and Akos Kotorman opened up postseason action with a 6-2 ranked victory over No. 68 Michael Geerts and Tim Ruehl at the top of the lineup. With both remaining courts tied at 5-all, Will Little and Constantin Frantzen took the next two games to best William Kirman and Pierre Louis Dodens at the No. 3 spot, 7-5, for the doubles point.
Up 1-0, freshman Matias Soto earned his first NCAA Tournament victory after No. 80 Benjamin Hannestad retired due to injury in the second set, 6-2, 3-0. Sophomore Constantin Frantzen blew past William Kirkman on court six, 6-3, 6-0 for the 3-0 Baylor lead.
Redshirt junior Will Little closed out the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tim Ruehl at the No. 4 spot. Johannes Schretter, Sven Lah and Roy Smith all won their opening sets before the match was suspended.