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Tennis looks to spring after strong fall season

Nov. 18, 2010

By Krista Pirtle

The Baylor men's tennis players have put their rackets on reserve as they end their fall season.

Among their achievements this summer are senior John Peers receiving a bid to the ITA Indoor National Championships and the duo of Peers and Roberto Maytin winning the Baylor H-E-B Invitational.

Three new faces were on the courts for the Bears -- the Austrialian native and Middle Tennese State transfer Peers, Brazilian junior and Troy transfer Luis Grangeiro and Shreveport freshman Robert Verzaal.

Junior Julian Bley, sophomore Roberto Maytin and senior Sergio Ramirez returned to take part in the action during the fall semester.

"I think the guys did a really good job this fall. I think from top to bottom we had a pretty productive fall," assistant coach Chris Brandi said.

"You know, we only had six players here, so that was a challenge to not have the full team that we'll have in January together. I really think everyone did some really great things, from John Peers to Sergio to Robert Verzaal. Everybody had a really good fall on and off the court,"

In the spring, the team welcomes back senior Jordan Rux after he missed the fall season for reasons Brandi declined to disclose.

"With him back we'll have a full team, ready to go," Brandi said.

Peers ended the fall semester with a record of 10-4.

Bley finished the season 5-4 in singles play; in doubles, with partner Grangeiro, he finished 4-2. Grangeiro finished the season at 6-3 in singles.

Roberto Maytin ended at 6-6 in singles play; in doubles he finished 10-2 with partner John Peers.

Ramirez is 8-4 in singles, and in doubles he finished at 1-2 with partner Verzaal. Verzaal went 3-7 in his first semester of college play.

"I feel the team has been up and down all semester, but as a whole I think we're all going to come together very well and very quickly come the spring. We should have a good spring, a good chance to have some fun," Peers said.

The men will be back in action Jan. 14-17.

With such a long space of time between tournaments, the players will turn to the weight room to keep them fit for their spring schedule.

"Really this is just kind of a time of year for the guys to try and get fitter and do a lot of off-court stuff and focus on school and finish strong for finals and things like that. They may play a little bit on their own here and there," Brandi said.