BU improved to 16-1 with the victory over ASU, with senior Sven Lah clinching the match for the Bears.
The Bears dropped the doubles point to the Sun Devils with courts one and two falling to ASU. Court two finished first with Arizona State’s Murphy Cassone and Jacob Bullard winning 6-2 over the No. 80 pairing of Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi and Matias Soto. Court three finished next, with Adrian Boitan and Tadeas Paroulek besting Christian Lerby and Moritz Hoffmann at 6-4, Boitan having just returned from respresenting Romania in the Davis Cup in Spain. It was court one that decided the doubles point, with ASU coming out with it. Sun Devils Max McKennon and Fabien Salle, the No. 59 ranked pair, bested No. 18 pair Sven Lah and Finn Bass at 7-5.
In singles, Grassi Mazzuchi finished first, winning 6-0, 6-3 over Lerby on court six to improve to 14-1 on the dual season. Propelling BU further was Paroulek on court five, besting Nicola Cigna, 6-1, 6-4 and improving his record to 5-1. Next came No. 42 Boitan getting the win on court one, besting No. 28 Cassone at 6-2, 6-4 to push the Bears ahead at 3-1. Boitan remained perfect in dual play on court one at 11-0.
ASU gained their second point of the night on court two, with Soto falling 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to Fabien Salle. It was veteran, No. 41 Lah, who clinched the match for the Bears with his 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Max McKennon on court three. Lah is now 9-3 on the spring while Soto is 8-3. Playing the match out, Marko Miladinović fell on court four to Bullard, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
QUOTABLE – Head coach Michael Woodson
“As we go through this season you really are reminded how hard it is to win. How difficult the challenge is of getting up and competing at your best, eliminating distractions, day in and day out, and having the team to put wins up on the board. We got Arizona State’s best effort of the season. They were ready to go, healthy, coached well and competed really hard, pushed us right to the brink. It was a great tennis match. We certainly have a lot of things that we can learn from with regard to this match and we’ll need to be better if we’re to continue to push to be one of the premier programs in the country. I’m very proud of our guys for finding a way, it seems like a different guy steps up each and every day to get us over the line and so I’m proud of them for that. We’ll take a lot of notes and we’ll certainly need to improve if we’re going to have success on Friday against a very tough Arizona team. ”
Baylor will face No. 18 Arizona on Friday with a 3 pm CT first serve in Tucson, Arizona.
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# 5 Baylor (4) at Arizona State (2)
Tempe, Ariz. – Whiteman Tennis Center
1. # 42 Adrian Boitan (BU) def. # 28 Murphy Cassone (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
2. # 94 Fabien Salle (ASU) def. # 27 Matias Soto (BU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
3. # 41 Sven Lah (BU) def. Max McKennon (ASU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
4. Jacob Bullard (ASU) def. Marko Miladinović (BU) vs. 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Tadeas Paroulek (BU) def. Nicola Cigna (ASU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi def. Christian Lerby (ASU) 6-0, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 5, 1, 2, 3, 4
1. # 59 Max McKennon / Fabien Salle (ASU) def. # 18 Sven Lah/Finn Bass (BU) 7-5
2. Murphy Cassone / Jacob Bullard (ASU) def. # 80 Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi/Matias Soto (BU) 6-2
3. Adrian Boitan/Tadeas Paroulek (BU) def. Christian Lerby / Moritz Hoffmann (ASU) 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
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