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Men's tennis team holds serve with win over Lamar

Feb. 1, 2001

Bears manage to shutout Cards 7-0

By JAMES GIBBy

Reporter

The sky was clear and the air was cool as the Baylor men's tennis team stormed through Lamar University, shutting the Cardinals out 7-0 at the Streich Tennis Courts Wednesday.

Earning the first win in doubles for Baylor was Cory Ross and Csongor Bibza who defeated Chris Chapman and Christian Schoening 8-4. Mike Garcia and Reiner Neurohr dominated Lamar's Nebosa Murisec and Randy Ashenbock 8-1.

The highlight of doubles play was the return of Baylor's Zoltan Papp. Papp suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in training during the summer and missed the fall season.

Papp and Matias Marin rolled over Thatcher Cribbs and Hormus Jharakan 8-2.

'I'm happy about being released for doubles; now it's a matter of practice. It's good to be an active part of the team again,' Papp said of his return.

Head Coach Matt Knoll said it was 'good to have [Papp] back playing doubles again. We'd like to have him for Tulane, but he will definitely be back for conference.'

In singles, the Bears were not disappointing.

Bibza soundly defeated Lamar's Murisec 6-1, 6-1. Ross did not have a problem beating Schoening of Lamar 6-4, 6-1. Baylor's Nathan McGregor beat Ashenbock 6-0, 6-2, and Neurohr slammed Chapman from Lamar for a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

The walking wounded award goes to Marin, who sealed his victory over Lamar's Cribbs 6-1, 6-0 with an injured ankle.

Baylor's Garcia won the longest and closest match of the day against Jharakan 6-2, 6-3.

'It was my first match of the season. I was a little nervous, but I worked through it, and [it] feels good to start with a win,' Garcia said.

'We did what we needed to do; it's good to win, but it feels better when we have everyone play,' Knoll said. 'This match is something to build from.'