WACO, Texas - In the first outdoor match of the season, the No. 11 ranked Columbia men's tennis team fell to No. 24 Baylor, 4-2. With the loss, the Lions sit at 8-2 on the season, with three matches in Texas left on the spring break trip.
The Bears got off to a strong start with a doubles point win, taking the No. 2 and No. 3 matches. Sven Lah and Roy Smith finished first, defeating Adam Ambrozy and Michal Rolski, 6-2, before Akos Kotorman and Constantin Frantzen got by No. 23 Jack Lin/William Matheson, 6-3.
After a win at the No. 3 singles by No. 42 Johannes Schretter over Jack Lin, Baylor went up 2-0. The Bears were then close to a victory after Smith topped Austen Huang in the No. 5 slot, taking a 3-0 lead.
Columbia started to fight back, as Ambrozy defeated Lah in the No. 4 singles match, 6-4, 6-4. The deficit was then cut to one when No. 38 Jackie Tang won the No. 2 match over No. 123 Matias Soto, 7-6 (8), 6-1, making it a 3-2 dual.
With just the top and the bottom matches remaining, all eyes went to court one, between No. 66 Bjoern Petersen and No. 9 Victor Pham. Petersen came away with the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-5), before Pham took the second set, 6-3. Baylor would go on to take the clincher, as Petersen won the third set, 6-4.
The Lions take Tuesday off, then travel to SMU for a Wednesday match at 1:00 p.m. with the Mustangs. Columbia also faces Texas-Arlington on Friday, and TCU on Sunday.