No. 18 Wake Forest Falls to No. 6 Baylor, 4-1, in NCAA Sweet 16
May 14, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 18-ranked Wake Forest saw its NCAA Tournament run end in the Sweet 16, as the Demon Deacons fell to No. 6-ranked Baylor, 4-1, on Thursday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.
With the loss, Wake Forest ends its season with an overall record of 22-10, one win shy of the program record. Baylor moves to 26-5 on the season and advances to the NCAA quarterfinals to face No. 3-ranked Ohio State.
Making its second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the past three seasons, and just its second in program history, Wake Forest narrowly lost the doubles point and then put up a hard fight in singles action before falling to a Baylor squad that was making its eighth-straight Sweet 16 appearance.
Baylor opened the match by stealing the doubles point from Wake with a late rally at No. 3 doubles.
Wake Forest looked to take the doubles point with a win at No. 3, but Baylor rallied late for the win. Jonathan Wolff and David Hopkins held a 7-5 lead before Julian Bley and Dominik Mueller reeled off four straight points for a 9-7 victory, clinching the doubles point for the Bears.
In singles action, Wake Forest managed a win at the No. 5 spot, but Baylor picked up victories at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 6 to win the match.
The Bears took a 2-0 lead with Horny's 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Jason Morgenstern at No. 6 singles.
The Deacons cut the lead in half when Atkinson picked up a 6-1, 6-4 win over Attila Bucko at No. 5. The victory moved Atkinson to 5-6 this season at No. 5 singles.
However, Baylor closed the match with wins at No. 1 and No. 4. At the No. 1 spot, fourth-ranked Lukacs defeated tenth-ranked Parr 6-2, 6-2.
The Bears clinched their berth in the quarterfinals when Mueller downed Hopkins 7-6 (4), 6-2 at No. 4.
Both unfinished matches, at No. 2 and No. 3, were tied at one set apiece when Baylor clinched its victory.
At No. 2, Forman dropped the first set but battled back to take the second against 45th-ranked Rux. At No. 3, Wolff won the first set and fell in the second against Bley.
While Wake Forest's team season is in the books, Parr and Forman are set to compete in the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments next weekend in College Station.
Parr will play in the singles tournament beginning on May 20 and then team with Forman in the doubles tournament starting on May 21.
Order of Finish: Singles - 6, 5, 1, 4; Doubles - 1, 2, 3