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Men's tennis fares well at tourney

Sept. 30, 2003

By Jacob Ford, reporter

Baylor tennis player Benedikt Dorsch, a junior from Germany, confirmed his No. 1 national ranking by winning his second H-E-B/Baylor Intercollegiate Tournament Sunday.

Dorsch defeated the University of New Mexico's Divan Coetzee, a senior from South Africa, 6-3, 6-4.

Dorsch and doubles partner, Ivor Lovrak, a sophomore from Croatia, were declared doubles champions after their New Mexico opponents, Hiroud Akhavan, a freshman from Canada, and Coetzee withdrew from the finals before the match began.

Dorsch and Lovrak reached the finals after defeating New Mexico's Henry Gers, a sophomore from New Zealand, and Jasmin Hodzic, a Cupertino, Calif., senior, in the semifinals 8-6.

Akhavan and Coetzee faced another Baylor duo in the semifinals before the final match against Dorsch and Lovrak.

They defeated Baylor's Jon Reckewey, a Lincoln, Neb., freshman, and Jason Gould, a New Braunfels sophomore, 8-1.

Baylor head Coach Matt Knoll said this was the first time the Bears have won both the singles and the doubles championships at the Baylor Intercollegiate Tournament.

Although several of the Bears won tournament championships, Knoll said that the team could improve from last weekend.

'Some spots were brighter than others,' Knoll said.

'This tournament gives us something to build on. That's what these fall tournaments are for,' he said.

Assistant Coach Rob Cheyne said that these matches were important because the Bears learned their lesson early this season.

'We were lucky that some of our talented players won, even though they did not play their best tennis,' Cheyne said.

Dorsch went undefeated in the tournament and faced his toughest opponent, Boise State University's Thomas Schoeck, a freshman from Germany, Saturday. Dorsch pulled out the victory in a close match, 7-6, 7-6.

Dorsch is beginning the season in a much different situation than last year.

Last fall, he was unranked until he made it to the semifinals of the ITA All-American Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn.

He later won his first national tennis title at the National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship.

Cheyne said he will begin this year facing more expectations and pressure.

Knoll said that Dorsch and Lovrak played one match as doubles partners last year, and the duo could play together again in the future.

'This tournament proved that they could be a good option for us this year,' Knoll said.