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Men's tennis battles gusty winds, cold temperatures in Monday's win

Jan. 27, 2004

By Jacob Ford, reporter

The Baylor men's tennis team defeated the University of Louisiana at Lafayette yesterday at the Baylor Tennis Center 6-1. The Bears not only fought the Ragin' Cajuns, but also battled gusty winds and the chilly temperature.

Baylor jumped out to an early lead by sweeping ULL in the doubles competition.

Matija Zgaga, a freshman from Slovenia, and Ivor Lovrak, a sophomore from Croatia, dominated their doubles match by defeating Ivan Kovalev and Marc Castellana 8-0.

Head Coach Matt Knoll said the doubles combination of Zgaga and Lovrak could be seen in the future.

In the other doubles matches, Benedikt Dorsch, a junior from Germany, and Matias Marin, a senior from Argentina, defeated the Ragin' Cajun team of Amanjot Singh and Evghenii Corduneanu 8-4.

The third and final doubles match featured Baylor's Reiner Neurohr, a senior from Germany, and Jon Reckewey, a freshman from Nebraska, blew past ULL's Shaun Ellison and Robin Ley. Neurohr and Reckewey 8-1, confirming the doubles point belonged to the Bears.

In the most exciting singles match of the day, Marin survived nationally ranked Corduneanu after three sets and a tiebreaker with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 victory. Marin said the fans and his teammates helped him fight to the finish in the long match.

Dorsch, the third-ranked singles player in the nation, continued solid play by defeating Singh 6-2, 6-2.

Zgaga beat his singles opponent, Ley, 6-2, 6-1.

The only loss for the Bears came when Jason Gould, a New Braunfels sophomore, lost to Kovalev 3-6, 5-7.

Lovrak continued his momentum by defeating Castellana 6-4, 6-2.

Adrian Szatmary, a freshman from Hungary, had his first victory as a member of the Baylor Bears when he beat Ellison 7-6, 6-2.