Men's Tennis Challenges No. 3 Florida in NCAA Quarterfinals

May 14, 2019
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WACO, Texas -- Playing at the final site for the 13th time in program history, sixth-seeded and sixth-ranked Baylor will challenge third-seeded and fourth-ranked Florida in the NCAA quarterfinals Thursday at 6 p.m. CT in Orlando, Fla.

The match will be live on the Tennis Channel with Sam Gore and Katrina Adams covering the action in Orlando.

TOP STORYLINES
• The Bears sealed a perfect home record in 2019 (16-0) when they took a 4-1 win over No. 11 UCLA in the NCAA Super Regional last Friday. BU also defeated No. 42 Utah and No. 20 Michigan in the first and second rounds in Waco.
• The Bears look to advance to their sixth NCAA semifinal match and first since 2015.
• BU is playing its 14th consecutive ranked opponent and eighth straight in the postseason.
• BU is 3-0 against SEC teams in 2019, including a top-three upset over Mississippi State at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
• BU is currently on a five-match winning streak, including the 2019 Big 12 Tournament Championship in Lawrence, Kan. on April 20-21.
• BU is one of six Big 12 teams to make the NCAA Tournament field and was one of two to host a Super Regional last weekend. The Bears are accompanied by No. 2 Texas and No. 10 TCU at the final site in Orlando.
• BU is 16-5 against the NCAA Tournament field, including wins over No. 2 seed Texas, No. 7 Mississippi State, No. 8 USC, No. 10 TCU, No. 11 UCLA and No. 15 Illinois.
• All five of Baylor’s 2019 losses have come to NCAA Tournament teams.

TEAM NOTES
• The Bears are 8-2 all-time as the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Championship. BU was last the No. 6 seed in 2009 where they advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in College Station.
• BU is 17-5 against ranked opponents this season.
• BU won its league-leading ninth Big 12 postseason title with a 4-1 win over No. 2 Texas.
• BU is 22-7 in the doubles point this season and 21-1 when winning and 4-3 when dropping the opening point.
• With a win over Oklahoma State on April 7, Baylor captured its 18th 20-win season in 23 years and first under head coach Brian Boland.
• With last Friday’s win over UCLA, Baylor captured its 12th 25-win season in program history and first since 2015.
• Head coach Brian Boland is one win away from 600 career wins.
• Four Bears were selected to the NCAA Individual Championships May 20-25 in Orlando, Fla. Johannes Schretter and Matias Soto earned at-large singles bids while Jimmy Bendeck and Sven Lah are the top-seeded doubles team.

STREAKS & TRENDS
• For the 22nd-consecutive year, the Baylor men’s tennis team secured a bid to the NCAA Tournament and booked its spot in the NCAA quarterfinals for the 13th time in program history.
• Sven Lah leads the Bears with a six-match singles winning streak while Constantin Frantzen and Johannes Schretter are 10-2 in their last 12 doubles matches together.

WHEN HOSTING THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Baylor hosted the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the 14th time overall and 13th time in the last 17 seasons on May 3-4. 
• When BU has hosted the NCAA First and Second Rounds, it has advanced to the Round of 16 every time (14 seasons). 
• BU is 2-0 when hosting the NCAA Round of 16. Baylor took a 4-1 win over No. 18 South Florida in 2015 and a 4-1 victory against No. 11 UCLA last Friday.

HOME SWEET HOME
• The Bears were a perfect 16-0 at home this season and won nine matches over ranked opponents in that stretch. 
• With a 16-0 record, BU secured its ninth perfect season at home and first since 2014. 
• With three NCAA wins this season, BU is now 31-1 all-time in the NCAA Championship when playing on its home courts. Its lone loss came when BU was hosting the final site to eventual national champion Virginia in the 2015 NCAA National Semifinals. 
• BU is 32-1 in its last 33 home matches dating back to the 2017 season. 
• In all of its 2019 home wins, Baylor outscored its opponents 86-10 in 16 matches.

SERIES HISTORY VS. FLORIDA
• Baylor is 6-6 all-time against Florida, including 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament. 
• In 2005, top-seeded BU pushed past third-seeded Florida, 4-1, in the NCAA Semifinals to advance to the team’s second-straight national title match. 
• The Bears faced the Gators for 10 straight seasons (2004-2013) in the series but will now face each other for the first time in six years. 
• In the last matchup on Feb. 23, 2013, the 20th-ranked Bears took a 4-3 win over the 16th-ranked Gators in Gainesville. 
• The Bears started out the series with three straight wins, but the Gators are 6-3 against BU since 2006.

WHAT'S NEXT
The winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal match will advance to the NCAA semifinals on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT in Orlando, Fla. If BU advances, it would face the winner of No. 2 Texas and No. 10 TCU.

FOLLOW ALONG
Live scoring and live stream links can be found on the Bears' schedule page at www.BaylorBears.com

Tags: Tennis, Baylor
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