Baylor earns spot in National Championship with 4-2 win over Tennessee

May 21, 2021
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Head coach Michael Woodson gives immediate reaction.

ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 1-ranked and second-seeded Baylor men’s tennis outlasted No. 3 Tennessee 4-2 on Friday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., to advance to the NCAA National Championship.

The Bears (34-4) have set a school-record for wins in a single season, breaking the previous program best from 2005, which was also the last time BU reached the national title match.

Baylor overcame dropping the doubles point and took four of five finished singles matches to defeat the Volunteers (28-4). With the Bears leading 3-2, Adrian Boitan and Matias Soto were locked in extremely tight third sets before Soto was able to clinch.

In doubles, BU collected the first victory with a 6-3 tally on court three by Finn Bass/Charlie Broom over Giles Hussey/Mark Wallner. However, the Vols answered with simultaneous wins on one and two, with No. 4 Pat Harper/Adam Walton besting No. 9 Constantin Frantzen/Sven Lah 7-5 and Johannus Monday/Martim Prata edging No. 75 Soto/Nick Stachowiak.

Singles started slow for the Bears, with the two sides splitting the six first sets. However, Baylor made its move following a UT win on court five by No. 92 Hussey over Broom, 6-4, 6-2.

On court three, Lah recorded a blistering 6-0, 6-3 victory against Prata to put BU on the board, and Spencer Furman quickly followed that up with a 6-3, 6-2 win on court six against Andrew Rogers to knot the score.

After falling behind in a one-sided first set, Stachowiak rallied to put the third point on the board for Baylor, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 on court four over Luca Wiedenmann.

That’s when it came down to Boitan and Soto on the top two courts. No. 21 Boitan came back from dropping his opener to force a decisive third against No. 10 Walton, while No. 11 Soto fought tough against No. 8 Monday.

With the match on court one deadlocked at 3-6, 7-5, 5-5, it was Soto who prevailed on two with a 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-5 victory to send the Bears through.

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Baylor earns spot in National Championship with 4-2 win over Tennessee

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http://scores.tennisticker.de/usa/ustanc/conf/lp.html?lid=82
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BU 1
UT 2

UT wins doubles
Lah, Sven (BAY) wins
Broom, Charlie (BAY) loses
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UT 2
BU 2

UT wins doubles
Lah, Sven (BAY) wins
Broom, Charlie (BAY) loses
Furman, Spencer (BAY)wins
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Looks like a dog fight! 2 more to win!
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This is gonna be close
Boitan, Adrian (BAY) lost set 1 leading in set 2
Stachowiak, Nick (BAY) lost set 1 won set 2 leading in set 3
Soto, Matias (BAY) won set 1 tied in set 2

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Soto now leads 3-2 in set 2
Stachowiak, 3-0 in set 3!!
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BU seems to have some momentum with things leaning a little our way
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Stachowiak looking good 4-0 in the third edit now 4-1
Boitan and Soto both in a battle
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Boitan now 5-5 in second set. He lost the first set.

Stachowiak 4-2

Soto 4-3

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Boitan now 6-5
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Stachowiak 4-3
Soto 4-4
Boitan 6-5
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Stachowiak 4-3
Soto 4-5
Boitan 6-5
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Boitan wins his second set 7-5
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So close

Soto loses set 2 4-6 and moves to set 3
Boitan wins set 2 7-5 and beginning set 3
Stachowiak leads in his 3rd set 5-3
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Stachowiak serving up 5-4
Soto and Boitan each hold serve to go up 1-0
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YES!

UT 2
BU 3

Stachowiak in a comeback win 1-6 / 6-2 / 6-4
Soto 1-1
Boitan 1-0
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Have we won yet?
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Baylor3216 said:

Have we won yet?
Not yet
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Do we have favorable matchups in the remaining 2?
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UT 2
BU 3

Soto 2-1
Boitan 2-1
everyone holding serve so far

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!!!!!!!!!!!! Adrian Boitan breakes serve to go up 3-1

Matis Soto holds serve and is up 3-2

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Staff
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Matis Soto breaks serve and leads 4-2
Come on dudes close it out
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Adrian Boitan holds serve and leads 4-1
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Soto match is a dogfight now 4-3
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Adrian Boitan now serving up 4-2
Soto working on another service break 40-15
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!!!!!!!!!!!
Adrian Boitan leads 5-2
Matis Soto in a dogfight 4-4
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Adrian Boitan 5-3 serving

Matis Soto 5-4

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Man this is close
Adrian Boitan does not hold serve now 5-4
Matias Soto serving tied 5-5
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Adrian Boitan 5-3 serving

Matis Soto 5-4


Boitan opponent broke back. UT serving at 4-5 in that one and we are at 5-5 in the Soto match. Couldn't be any closer.

Edit-too slow.
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Thanks for the updates!
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Matias Soto holds serve up 6-5 now
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Adrian Boitan now serving tied 5-5
Soto trying to break up 6-5
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Soto 40-30 can he do it?
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