BERKELEY, Calif.- Baylor's men's tennis team dropped a heartbreaker to 10th-ranked California, 4-3, on Monday, Feb. 27, at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Baylor, ranked No. 16, falls to 4-5 on the season and suffered its fourth consecutive loss while the victory snapped a two-match losing streak for Cal who moves to 6-5.
Roberto Maytin and Mate Zsiga were double winners for Baylor vs. Cal.
The match was decided on court six where Cal's Chase Melton edged out BU's Julian Bley in a tiebreaker.
Baylor took the first match of the day and earned a victory at the top doubles court where Roberto Maytin and Mate Zsiga took out Christoffer Konigsfeldt and Ben McLachlan, 8-4. Cal answered back with a win on court two as Nick Andrews and Andrew Scholnick got an 8-6 win against Marko Krickovic and Robert Verzaal.
With court three left to decide the first point of the day, with the match tied at 8-8, Cal's Riki McLachlan and Tommie Murphy leapt out to a 6-1 lead in the breaker against Julian Bley and Kike Grangeiro but the Baylor duo came back to earn two points before Cal won and claimed the match's first point.
Cal went ahead, 2-0, with a win at court three where Konigsfeldt defeated Krickovic, 6-3, 6-0, but Baylor responded to get on the scoreboard when No. 25-ranked Zsiga defeated Andrews in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, at the top court.
Cal edged closer to claiming the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win by Gregory Bayane at court four when he defeated Diego Galeano. Grangeiro countered, using a 6-4, 6-4 win against Ahmed Ismail to bring Baylor within a point, 3-2, from court five.
At court two, No. 44-ranked McLachlan won his first set against No. 100 Maytin, 6-0, but Maytin rallied in the second set to win, 6-1. The two players went to a third-set tiebreaker where Maytin came alive to secure a three-all tie with a 7-2 score in the breaker. With the final point resting on court six,
Cal's Melton won his first set over Bley, 6-4, but Bley countered in the second, winning, 6-2. In the breaker, Melton sprinted out to a 6-3 lead but Bley responded to earn two points. Melton defeated Bley with a 7-5 score in the breaker.
Baylor returns home to host SMU at the Hurd Tennis Center on Thursday, March 1, at 2:30 p.m.