No. 15 Texas falls to Baylor, 5-2
WACO, Texas – Texas sophomore David Holiner won his ninth consecutive match, and junior Chris Camillone added a singles victory, but No. 32 Baylor (13-8, 1-1 Big 12) dealt the 15th-ranked Longhorns (14-7, 1-2 Big 12) a 5-2 defeat Wednesday evening at Baylor’s Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor swept the doubles session to take the doubles point and assume a 1-0 lead. Julian Bley and Marko Krickovic led off with an 8-3 win over UT’s Alex Hilliard and Sudanwa Sitaram at third doubles. The Bears clinched the doubles point at first doubles, where Mate Zsiga and Diego Galeano defeated UT’s 27th-ranked tandem of Camillone and Holiner, 8-3. Baylor completed the sweep with an 8-3 win from Robert Verzaal and Kike Grangeiro over Texas’ Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead at second doubles.
The Bears pushed their lead to 2-0 behind Galeano’s 6-1, 6-2 win over UT’s Sitaram at third singles. Zsiga staked Baylor to a 3-0 after finishing off UT’s Hess-Olesen by a 6-4, 6-0 count at first singles. At sixth singles, Baylor’s Bley took the first set off of Texas freshman Jacoby Lewis, 6-3. Lewis managed to pull within 5-4 in the second set, but Bley took the following game to win the second set, 6-4 and clinch the win for the Bears.
The Horns got on the board at fifth singles when Camillone claimed a victory after Baylor’s Lars Behlen retired prior to the start of the third set. Camillone took the first set, 6-3 and Behlen claimed the second, 6-2 before retiring. UT’s Whitehead took the first set off of Baylor’s Krickovic at first singles, 6-4 before Krickovic returned the favor in the second set.
With the match’s outcome having been determined, a super-tiebreaker was played in lieu of a third set. Whitehead trailed 9-4 in the super-tiebreaker but saved five match points and evened the tally at nine. Whitehead saved one additional match point, but Krickovic held on by a 14-12 margin to win the match and give Baylor a 5-1 lead.
Holiner endured a lengthy three-set affair to collect his ninth consecutive singles victory. The Dallas native dropped the first set to Baylor’s Grangeiro at fourth singles, 6-3 before overpowering Grangeiro in the second set, 6-1. Holiner took a 3-0 lead in the third set before Grangeiro broke Holiner’s serve and held serve to cut Holiner’s lead to 3-2. Holiner held serve to take a 4-2 lead and held serve in his final two service games to claim the set, 6-4 to cut the final margin to 5-2.
Texas resumes play on Wednesday, April 11 when it hosts St. Edward’s. First serve is set for 5 p.m. Central at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
Texas head coach Michael Center
Daniel Whitehead really battled tonight. He had match points and saved six match points. David Holiner played a terrific match, and Chris Camillone was playing well. We had some guys who fought hard. We’re not playing our best right now. We need to get back to work, and we have a little time to work with before our next matches. We hope to get everybody healthy and play better tennis. We did not play well in doubles. We did not serve well and did not move well. That put us back on our heels, and I thought that set the tone for the match.
No. 32 Baylor 5, No. 15 Texas 2
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1 Mate Zsiga/Diego Galeano (Baylor) def. #27 Chris Camillone/David Holiner (UT) – 8-3
2 Robert Verzaal/Kike Grangeiro (Baylor) def. #50 Ben Chen/Daniel Whitehead (UT) – 8-3
3 Julian Bley/Marko Krickovic (Baylor) def. Alex Hilliard/Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) – 8-3
Singles – Order of Finish: 3, 1, 6, 5, 2, 4
1 #21 Mate Zsiga (Baylor) def. #64 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) – 6-4, 6-0
2 Marko Krickovic (Baylor) def. Daniel Whitehead (UT) – 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (12)
3 Diego Galeano (Baylor) def. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) – 6-1, 6-2
4 David Holiner (UT) def. Kike Grangeiro (Baylor) – 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
5 Chris Camillone (UT) def. Lars Behlen (Baylor) – 6-3, 2-6, ret.
6 Julian Bley (Baylor) def. Jacoby Lewis (UT) – 6-3, 6-4
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