LUBBOCK, TX — No. 6 Baylor men’s tennis (20-4, 3-2 Big 12) battled back after dropping the doubles point but ultimately fell 4-3 to No. 23 Texas Tech (15-10, 2-3 Big 12) Sunday afternoon at McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas.
With the 3-2 Big 12 regular season record, BU clinched the No. 2 seed at next week’s Big 12 Championship in Lawrence, Kan. and secured a bye in the quarterfinal round.
BU fell behind early after Will Little and Matias Soto dropped a 6-3 match to Jackson Cobb and Tommy Mylnikov at the No. 2 spot. Then, Johannes Schretter and Constantin Frantzen secured a 6-3 win over Matheus Leite and Ilgiz Valiev on court three to tie things up.
Texas Tech claimed the opening point after No. 7 Bjorn Thomson and Parker Wynn topped No. 1 Jimmy Bendeck and Sven Lah, 6-3, at the top of the lineup.
In singles action, 22nd-ranked Schretter dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to No. 86 Parker Wynn on court one to make it a 2-0 Red Raider lead. 36th-ranked Soto got the Bears on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 116 Tommy Mylnikov at the No. 2 spot.
No. 84 Little tied up the match at 2-2 with his 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over Bjorn Thomson on court four. Texas Tech then claimed the next two points on courts three and six. 94th-ranked Adrian Boitan fell 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-0 on court Ilgiz Valiev, and then Frantzen dropped a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 match to Artem Kapshuk.
No. 123 Lah finished the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Franco Ribero on court five.
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• Baylor moves to 29-32 all-time against Texas Tech.
• Baylor will be the No. 2 seed at the Big 12 Championship, finishing with a 3-2 conference record.
• BU moves to 12-4 against ranked opponents this season.
• Baylor is now 19-5 in the doubles point and 2-3 when dropping the opening point this season.
• Matias Soto is 17-4 in spring singles action and won his seventh match over a ranked foe.
• Sven Lah improves to 18-3 in spring singles play.
• Will Little improved to 14-2 in spring singles action and is on a five-match win streak.
• Little finished the Big 12 regular season with a perfect 5-0 singles record.
• Constantin Frantzen and Johannes Schretter are now 7-0 in doubles play.
STAT OF THE MATCH
5 – the number of Big 12 wins for redshirt senior Will Little.
Head coach Brian Boland
On the loss…
“Congratulations to Texas Tech as they competed hard. The conditions were really challenging, and I was proud of the team for the way they battled. We will head home and prepare for the Big 12 Championship this coming week.”
BU is the No. 2 seed at the Big 12 Championship and will face the winner of No. 3 TCU and No. 6 Oklahoma State in the semifinals on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion Courts in Lawrence, Kan. Match time is noon CT.