Men’s tennis gears up for top-10 matchup at Baylor

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TCU men’s tennis kicks off conference play Friday against the Baylor Bears.

The Bears sit at No. 6 in the nation with a 17-2 record, including top-15 wins over No. 12 Georgia, No. 3 Mississippi State and No. 11 Illinois. They have a total of nine top-35 wins.

Baylor has only one ranked doubles team, but the team claims the top spot in the ITA polls. Sven Lah and Jimmy Bendeck sit at 9-2 on the season. One of the team’s losses came at the hands of Columbia’s No. 1 doubles team, who TCU bested last week.

Sven Lah (right) and Jimmy Bendeck are the No. 1 doubles team in the nation and will be quite the giant for TCU to slay. Photo courtesy of KXXV.com.

TCU and Baylor have had seven mutual opponents, each going 5-2 against those opponents.

No. 40 Johannes Schretter has been the top Bear for Baylor at singles this season. Photo courtesy of BaylorBears.com.

In singles, Baylor has had more success with three ranked athletes, but none in the top 30.

As a team, Baylor only has a 4-6 No. 1 singles record on the season with six unfinished matches.

The match begins at 6 p.m. Friday in Waco.