The No. 45 Baylor men’s tennis continued its recent reign over Texas with a 4-2 victory over the Longhorns on Tuesday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The Bears (12-9, 1-1 Big 12) defeated their conference rivals for the ninth time in their last 10 meetings, as seniors Julian Lenz and Felipe Rios each picked up victories on their senior night.
“I can’t remember a time we haven’t won on Senior Night, and we certainly didn’t want to put Julian and Felipe, two of your greatest players we’ve had here, down the road without getting a win,” Baylor head coach Matt Knoll said. “This is special. To beat Texas, our biggest rival, on Senior Night is a big deal for those guys.”
Lenz, ranked No. 14 in the country among singles players, recorded a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win at the No. 1 spot, while Felipe Rios cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 triumph.
Baylor won the doubles point, first with a 6-4 win by Tommy Podvinski and Max Tchoutakian that included a rally from a 3-1 deficit, followed in suit by Lenz and Tyler Stayer, 6-4.
Max Tchoutakian secured the match victory for Baylor with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot.
“They’re just playing so hard and give it all their effort,” Knoll said. “We’ve just got to execute a little bit better, but the guys were really giving all they had. You feel like if you keep doing that, then some of these close matches will go your way. This one went our way.”