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Men's tennis team opens season with loss to Mustangs

Jan. 25, 2001



The No. 15-ranked Baylor men's tennis team started the season this week with an upset by No. 16-ranked Southern Methodist University, 5-2.

One tournament point is scored for winning two of the three doubles matches, and one point is scored for each singles win.

The match opened with SMU gaining the doubles point. Ranked No. 4 in the nation, Baylor's top doubles team of Reiner Neurohr and Mark Williams was upset by SMU's Genius Chidzikwe and Ryan Mauck, 8-2.

Losing by the same score, Baylor's Sean O'Connor and Nathan McGregor were defeated by Jon Wallmark and Johan Brunstrom.

The highlight for Baylor doubles was Cory Ross and Csongor Bibza's 8-3 win over Keith Orie and Alexis Rudzinski.

In the main event of the match, Bibza played the No. 1-ranked tennis player in the country Chidzikwe. Bibza dropped the first set to Chidzikwe, then killed his momentum to take the second set.

'I was a little intimidated at first by the crowd, but after I took the second set I had him on his heels,' Bibza said. 'Then I guess I let up mentally and he took advantage of that.'

Bibza lost to Chidzikwe in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Williams, ranked No. 92 in the country, won in three sets over Rudzinski, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. Ross won in straight sets over Orie, 7-5, 6-4, but the Bears did not win another singles match.

Tuesday's result was a carbon copy of last year's season opener, when Baylor was ranked No. 7 and SMU was No. 12. The Bear's rebounded winning the next six matches en route to the Big 12 title.

Saturday, the team travels to Starkville, Miss., to play No. 17-ranked Mississippi State University, in a rematch of the second round of last year's NCAA tournament.