Baylor Men's Tennis takes 6-1 victory over Penn

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 18:48:40-05

WACO, Texas – Baylor men’s tennis (3-0) continued nonconference action with a 6-1 victory over Penn Monday afternoon at Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center.

The Bears have now won 19 of their last 20 matches at home and started the season 3-0 for the fifth time in six seasons.

The Bears took control of two doubles courts early, and the duo of Constantin Frantzen and Matias Soto won their third match in a row with a quick 6-1 win over Max Cancilla and Jason Hildebrandt at the No. 3 spot.

With the Bears down a double break on court two, third-ranked Jimmy Bendeck and Sven Lah clinched the doubles point at the No. 1 spot with a 6-2 triumph over Kyle Mautner and Dmitry Shatalin.

In singles action, Bendeck made quick work of Max Cancilla and took a dominant 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 6 spot. Then, 17th-ranked Will Little recorded a 6-2, 6-2 win over Edoardo Graziani on court two to make it a 3-0 Baylor lead.

105th-ranked Frantzen clinched the match for the Bears when he defeated Noah Makarome at the No. 5 spot, 6-3, 7-5.

With every match being played to completion, Lah won 6-1, 6-4 against Dmitry Shatalin on court four while 33rd-ranked Johannes Schretter earned a 6-2, 7-5 victory over 52nd-ranked Kyle Mautner at the top of the lineup. Schretter is now 3-2 against ranked opponents in his senior campaign.

The lone loss for the Bears came on court three when Matias Soto dropped a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 decision to Kevin Zhu.

• Baylor is 3-0 for the fifth time in six seasons.
• Baylor has won 19 of its last 20 home matches dating back to 2017.
• Three Bears (Bendeck, Lah, Frantzen) started the spring season 3-0 in singles play.
• Constantin Frantzen and Matias Soto are 3-0 in doubles play to open the spring season.
• Johannes Schretter improved to 3-2 against ranked opponents this season.
• Baylor is 3-0 when winning the doubles point this season.
• Baylor dropped one set in singles action against the Quakers.
• Baylor is 17-1 in singles points in dual-match play.
• Baylor leads the all-time series against Penn, 2-0.

1 – the amount of games senior Jimmy Bendeck lost in singles play.

Head coach Brian Boland
On the win…
“Penn is an outstanding team, and I think they’re going to have a great year. It was a great test for us. We came out with a lot of energy and played some great doubles today. The guys were aggressive and wanted the ball. Overall, the performance in singles was good. There were some spots where we can get a lot better, but it’s early in the season and that’s to be expected.”

The Bears (2-0) will compete in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend as the No. 2 seed in the Ann Arbor Regional. Baylor faces No. 3 seed and 12th-ranked Georgia Saturday at 1 p.m. CT at the Varsity Tennis Center. Then, the Bears will face either No. 1 seed and 23rd-ranked Michigan or No. 4 seed NC State on Sunday.