Men’s tennis clears house at home

By Laurean Love

Baylor men’s tennis earned both the singles and doubles titles in the 11th annual Baylor-HEB Invitational at the Hurd Tennis Center this past weekend.

“It was an unbelievable day for us. That’s the second time in history that we’ve had both guys in the finals and we won the doubles as well,” head coach Matt Knoll said in a press release. “It was big deal that they were able to make it through the draw and keep a Baylor guy’s name on the trophy.”

Freshman Mate Zsiga won the singles championship, while junior Roberto Maytin and freshman Marko Krickovic won the doubles crown, which marks the fourth time Baylor has claimed both the singles and doubles titles.

“It was a big deal for Mate to win in his first college tournament and it was great for Bobby (Maytin) to come back and win doubles again,” Knoll said. “Winning with two different partners says a lot for what he’s doing in doubles. It’s definitely a wonderful start to the season.”

Maytin and Krickovic, the Baylor doubles team, had an 8-4 win over Iowa’s Marc Bruche and Will Vasos.

With this win, Maytin and Krickovic became the sixth Baylor doubles team to win the tournament. Maytin also became the first Baylor player to win the doubles championship twice; he and John Peers won the 2010 tournament.

During the semifinals there were two Baylor players against two Oklahoma players. Zsiga won over Dane Webb 6-2, 6-1; Maytin had to play three sets against Guillermo Alcorta but claimed a victory with 6-3 in the first set, 2-6 in the second and 6-1 in the third.

In the singles championship, two Baylor players, Maytin and Zsiga, took the court two hours after Maytin won the doubles match. Zsiga won the first set 6-1, while Maytin won the second match 7-5. In the third and final set, Zsiga won 6-1 and earned the title.

The men’s tennis team will be at the prequalifying of the ITA All-American Saturday and Sunday, then move on the qualifying on Oct. 3-5 and the main draw will be Oct. 6-9 in Tulsa, Okla.