Strong Singles Play Lifts No. 2 Baylor Past UK
LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 2 Baylor posted wins at each of its top three singles positions Friday to rally for a 5-2 win over the No. 31 Kentucky men’s tennis team in the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center.
The Wildcats (2-2) swept the doubles point to begin the match as sophomores Bruno Agostinelli (Niagara Falls, Canada) and Kenny Hodge (Louisville, Ky.) notched an 8-5 win in the No. 1 position by knocking off the nation’s 44th-ranked tandem of Michal Kotka and Lars Poerschke. Freshman Roman Ogarkov (Otenburg, Russia) and junior Marcus Sundh (Stockholm, Sweden) then downed Matt Brown and Attila Bucko 8-6 to clinch the point. Senior Peter Bjork (Stockholm, Sweden) and Will Ward (Auckland, New Zealand) followed with a 9-7 win over Matija Zgaga and Dominik Mueller.
Baylor, which now holds a 6-0 advantage in the all-time series with the Wildcats, stormed back with strong singles play to notch the win. Fifty-sixth ranked Poerschke made quick work of the 89th-ranked Agostinelli, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 1 position before Sundh posted UK’s only singles victory of the day with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Brown.
Mueller, ranked 53rd in the nation, claimed a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over freshman Jorge Jorge (LaMolina, Peru) and Zgaga took a 6-3, 6-4 win over Bjork. Ward fought hard with Kokta to take a 7-6 win in the first set before falling 7-5 in the second set. He retired with a 3-2 loss in the third set. Denes Lukacs, ranked 66th, defeated Shane Collins (Louisville, Ky.), 6-4, 6-1 to close out the match.
“We had a couple of really good chances in this match,” UK head coach Dennis Emery said. “When we weren’t able to close out the match on the first rotation of four courts, we knew it would be an uphill battle from there. We felt two and three were our strongest positions and we weren’t able to get wins there. I feel like if Will was able to close out the second set, that would have put a lot of pressure on Baylor.”
Kentucky returns to action Monday, Feb. 12, when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State. Opening serve is set for 6 p.m. EST and the contest begins a stretch of three matches in five days. Complete results and a recap of that meet will be available at ukathletics.com.
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