The Baylor Men’s Tennis team’s season came to a close today (they dropped the decision in the National Championship against Florida on Saturday) in the NCAA Singles and Doubles respective Final Four matchups. The Bears were represented by No. 21 Adrian Boitan in the semis singles and No. 9 doubles duo Constantin Frantzen and Sven Lah. Sophomore star Boitan medically retired from the match in the second set against No. 2 Daniel Rodrigues from South Carolina. Before his physical defeat, Boitan closely lost the first set in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-1) and was down 3-1. Over the past eight consecutive days of singles play leading up to the semis, Boitan defeated in order, No. 88 Magnus Johnson from Florida Gulf Coast, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 (round of 64); No. 48 Florian Broska of Mississippi State, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, (round of 32); San Diego’s No. 90 August Holmgren, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 (round of sixteen); and 10-time All-American No. 35 William Blumberg from North Carolina, 6-4, 6-1 (quarterfinals). In today’s doubles semis match, senior Frantzen and junior Lah lost to No. 4 Pat Harper and Adam Walton of Tennessee, 7-5, 6-4. According to Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill (papa), Frantzen concluded his Baylor career as the Bears’ “all-time leader with 112 career doubles wins.” Frantzen and Lah opened the round of 32 with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) victory over No. 21 Ewan Moore and Hamish Stewart of Tulane. The continued with wins over Oklahoma State’s Emile Hudd and Matej Vocel, 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) (round of 16) and No. 3 William Blumberg and Brian Cernoch from North Carolina, 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (10-7) in the quarterfinals.
Head coach Michael Woodson said of the 2021 season, “I can’t say enough amazing things about what this program accomplished this year. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be a part of it. So much credit goes to the players for coming together, working hard and sacrificing so much to train and compete at the highest level. And to the staff surrounding these young men, they just did a phenomenal job helping these guys reach for their dreams and accomplish many of their goals. We had so many great successes this year and we’re adding four trophies to the Hurd trophy case. I just couldn’t be more proud of these guys, they deserve all the recognition. The future is bright for Baylor Tennis.”