March 17, 2018
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Despite an early lead after doubles, 29th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis (13-4) dropped a 4-2 loss to No. 39 California at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge Saturday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
In doubles play, BU fell in a hole early as second-ranked Johannes Schretter and Will Little were upset by 32nd-ranked J.T. Nishimura and Billy Griffith at the top of the lineup, 6-3. Quickly after that, the freshman duo of Sven Lah and Roy Smith took a 6-4 win over Dominic Barretto and Can Kaya at the No. 3 spot to tie up doubles.
With all eyes on court two, Akos Kotorman and Constantin Frantzen sealed the doubles point with a 7-5 victory over Ben Draper and Jack Molloy.
With Baylor up 1-0, Cal (7-4) struck first in singles play after Constantin Frantzen dropped a 7-6(4), 6-2 match to Ben Draper on court five to tie up the match. Baylor fell behind 2-1 after 66th-ranked Bjoern Petersen couldn’t upset No. 52 Billy Griffith on court one and lost 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
After dropping his opening set, Sven Lah captured the lone singles point of the day as he pushed past Paul Barretto on court four, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
With all three remaining courts in the third set, Cal pulled ahead when No. 123 Matias Soto slipped to J.T. Nishimura at the No. 2 spot, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3. The Golden Bears captured the final point of the match on court six after Roy Smith dropped a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) decision to Jacob Brumm.
42nd-ranked Johannes Schretter led 2-6, 7-6(3), 5-2 on court three before it was abandoned.
BU’s seven-match winning streak came to an end Saturday afternoon.
BU improves to 14-3 in the doubles point this season and moves to 12-2 when winning the opening point.
Constantin Frantzen and Akos Kotorman improved to 5-0 in dual-match doubles play together.
Sven Lah and Roy Smith are now 10-1 in doubles play and have won three straight matches.
BU is now 8-5 all-time at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge.
Baylor moves to 6-3 all-time against the Golden Bears.
STAT OF THE MATCH
5 — the amount of third sets played in singles play.
The Bears close their run at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge with a match against Tulsa Sunday at 10 a.m. CT at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
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