No. 39 Texas (9-6, 1-3 Big 12) vs. No. 1 Baylor (22-0, 4-0 Big 12)
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 ∑ 5:30 p.m. Central
Penick-Allison Tennis Center ∑ Austin, Texas
Scouting Baylor: The Bears are 22-0 overall and ranked first in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll. Baylor, the defending National Champions, are riding a 46-match win streak and enter this match a perfect 4-0 in conference action. BU is led by three players ranked in the ITA top 30: senior Benedikt Dorsch (No. 1), freshman Lars Poerschke (No. 21) and senior Benjamin Becker (No. 28).
Dorsch has tallied a 21-1 record overall and is 16-1 in duals. He also has teamed with sophomore Matija Zgaga for a 14-4 doubles record and No. 4 national doubles ranking. Poerschke, meanwhile, is 14-5 in dual matches and has amassed an overall singles record of 30-10. The freshman also boasts a No. 53 ranking in doubles as he and sophomore Michal Kokta have posted a 12-4 mark in duals and are 18-4 overall. Becker, the final ranked Baylor player, is 15-4 this spring and has recorded an overall record of 19-5 in singles.
Series vs. Baylor: This will be the 38th meeting between Texas and Baylor. UT holds a 31-6 advantage in the series dating back to a 9-0 Texas win on April 15, 1975, in Austin. BU has won the last three meetings between the two teams, most recently a 7-0 blanking of the Longhorns on April 7, 2004, in Waco.
Texasí Winning Ways: UT has been recognized by the ITA as the winningest menís tennis program in the country. Texasí 1,323 wins makes the school one of only seven Division I programs that have reached the 1,000-win milestone. Georgia is second with 1,096, followed by USC (1,088), Stanford (1,047), UCLA (1,038), Notre Dame (1,011) and Michigan (1,004).
ITA Rankings: Texas is ranked No. 39 in the most recent ITA national team rankings, released on April 12. On an individual note, three Longhorns are ranked in the national poll: junior Callum Beale is 36th, junior Roger Gubser is 65th and freshman Travis Helgeson is 87th. In addition, the duo of Beale and Helgeson are recognized as the No. 50 doubles tandem in the nation. The next set of team and individual rankings will be released April 19.