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No. 14 Pepperdine's Upset Bid of No. 4 Baylor Falls Short

April 1, 2007

WACO, Texas -

The Pepperdine Waves saw their seven-match win streak come to an end Sunday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center as the No. 4-ranked Baylor Bears rallied past the visiting Waves 4-3 in non-conference action.

 

Pepperdine got on the board first with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 double's positions. Andre Begemann and Mahmoud Kamel picked up the 8-5 victory over Lars Poerschke and Denes Lukacs only to have Baylor's Matija Zgaga and David Galic tie the score at 1-1 with an 8-6 victory on court No. 1. Bassam Beidas and James Lemke secured the point on court three with an 8-6 victory.

 

Dominik Mueller tied the match at 1-all with a three-set, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, victory over Omar Altmann on court No. 5 and Poerschke gave the home team its first lead of the match with a straight-set 6-3, 7-6 (8) victory at the No. 1 position.

 

Lemke's 6-3, 6-2 victory at the No. 2 position locked the match at 2-2 but only until Lukacs picked up a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Kamel at the No. 6 position.

 

Beidas rallied back after dropping the first set for the 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 2 position setting up a winner-take-all contest at the No. 4 position.

 

Richard Johnson had dropped the first set to Zgaga, 6-2, but stormed back for the 6-4 victory in the second set. The third set went down to the wire only to have Zgaga pull out the 7-5 victory to clinch the match.

Pepperdine will return home Wed., April 4 when it hosts Cal Poly in search of its 54th straight home victory. First serve is slated for 2:30 p.m. PDT at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center .

#4 Baylor 4, #14 Pepperdine 3
Singles
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3, 6, 2, 4*
1. #18 Lars Poerschke (BU) def. #23 Andre Begemann (PEP) 6-3, 7-6(8)
2. Bassam Beidas (PEP) def. #14 Michal Kokta (BU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
3. James Lemke (PEP) def. Matt Brown (BU) 6-3, 6-2
4. #108 Matija Zgaga (BU) def. Richard Johnson (PEP) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
5. #91 Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Omar Altmann (PEP) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Denes Lukacs (BU) def. Mahmoud Kamel (PEP) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

Doubles
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #43 Zgaga/Galic (BU) def. #29 Johnson/Altmann (PEP) 8-6
2. Begemann/Kamel (PEP) def. Poerschke/Lukacs (BU) 8-5
3. Beidas/Lemke (PEP) def. Kokta/Mueller (BU) 8-6