As the 2010 US Open kicked off in Queens, New York, Monday morning there are two players in the field with close ties to the Baylor tennis program.
The 2004 NCAA singles champion and the all-time wins leader at Baylor, Benjamin Becker, will start his fourth US Open run since he turned pro in 2005. The Orcholz, Germany, native had his best performance at the tournament in 2006 when he advanced to the fourth-round of the tournament before bowing out to American Andy Roddick. During the 2006 run, Becker took down American legend Andre Agassi in the final match of his career. In 2007 and 2009, Becker bowed out of the tournament in the first round. Becker, ranked No. 70 in the world, will open this year's tournament against fellow German Daniel Brands, ranked No. 75, on Tuesday.
Baylor's second tie-in at the Open comes in form of a family connection as new Baylor senior John Peers' sister, Sally, is competing in her first US Open. Peers won her first round match on Monday afternoon with a 6-0,6-1 win over Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada. Peers will now face two-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters in second round action on Wednesday.
Peers (Australia) got into the US Open field by winning three qualifying matches including a three-set thriller over Junri Namigata of Japan 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4 in women's singles qualifying third round.
Peers' older brother will join the Baylor men's tennis team this fall after transferring from Middle Tennessee State over the summer. To add to the intrigue of the story John and Sally's mother, Elizabeth, played in the 1980 and 1981 US Open. Officials from the International Tennis Federation and the Women's Tennis Association believe Sally's participation makes the mother-daughter tandem the first ever to compete in the US Open.
For complete schedules and results visit www.usopen.org.
Baylor's volleyball team will begin the season just two spots outside of the AVCA Divsion I Coaches Preseason Top 25 Poll. The Bears received 122 points in the vote, just 34 behind No. 25 St. Mary's. The ranking marks only the second time in program history that Baylor will begin the season at least receiving votes. The 2000 version started the season ranked 21st. Capping a historic 2009 season, Baylor's volleyball team was ranked No. 20 in last season's final poll.
The Bears (24-10, 11-9 Big 12), who reached as high as 17th during a school-record nine-week stretch of earning a top 25 ranking, finished the season ranked for just the second time in program history. Baylor's NCAA Tournament run to end the year included a sweep of Georgia Tech and an upset of eighth-seeded UCLA in Los Angeles, before coming to a halt against ninth-seeded California.
BU began last season with a school-record 11-match win streak, going on to win 17 of its first 18 matches. The stretch included a 3-0 sweep over Iowa State, who finished the season ranked sixth in the nation. At the time, ISU was ranked 11th, which stood as the highest-ranked win ever for BU, until the Bears pulled off the upset of ninth-ranked UCLA. The Bears defeated four Top 25 opponents during the season, including No. 24 Purdue and at No. 23 Texas A&M.
The 2010 season begins with the Holiday Inn and Suites Baylor Classic at the Ferrell Center on Aug. 28-29. The Bears will officially kick off the regular season on Friday night against Stephen F. Austin at 6:30 p.m..
Baylor's newest varsity sport is looking to add walk-on student-athletes to its inaugural roster. Head competitive cheer coach Karry Forsythe announced Friday that the program will hold walk-on tryouts on an individual basis.
Baylor's competitive cheer program is looking for students with backgrounds in high school or all-star cheerleading, gymnastics or sports acrobatics. For more information, interested students should contact assistant coach Josh Taylor at 254-710-3280 or by e-mail at Joshua_Taylor@baylor.edu.
Baylor women's golfer Jaclyn Jansen lost 6 & 5 to Jaclyn Sweeney (Andover, Mass.) in the first round of match play Wednesday at the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in Charlotte, N.C. Sweeney was 2 up after nine holes and won the next four holes (birdie-par-birdie-birdie) to take the match.
Baylor women's golf junior Jaclyn Jansen advanced Tuesday to the match play portion of the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in Charlotte, N.C. Jansen, who tied for 55th through two rounds of stroke play at 6-over 150 (74-76), will face former Arizona State standout and No. 2 seed Jaclyn Sweeney Wednesday at 11:10 a.m. (CT). The winner will advance to the Round of 32 Thursday against either No. 31 Junthima Gulyanamitta (West Lafayette, Ind.) or No. 34 Daniela Lendl (Goshen, Conn.).
Baylor is excited to be hosting the 1st/2nd rounds of the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship on March 20th and 22nd. A national audience on ESPN/ESPN2 will be able to witness Baylor Nation's outstanding support of our Lady Bears on their mission to return to the Final Four.
All 2010-11 women's basketball season-ticket holders are given first opportunity to purchase tickets for this exciting event when renewing their season tickets. As a reminder, the deadline to renew season tickets and purchase NCAA 1st/2nd Round tickets is Friday, Aug. 13th.
Because this is an NCAA event, Baylor, and all other universities hosting 1st/2nd round sites, must abide by facility mandates established by the NCAA. These mandates include designating certain seating areas in specific locations for: media, visiting administrators, fans of the other participating teams, and NCAA corporate partners. As a result, the Ferrell Center seating configuration for this event will be different than a typical Lady Bear home game. In turn, this will result in a change in the typical seat locations for many of our season ticket holders.
Please know that when actual seats are assigned, we will work within the NCAA guidelines to insure that priority seating for our season ticket holders will be conducted fairly and in a manner consistent with assignments during the regular season.
Thank you for your continued support of the Lady Bears and we encourage you to renew your season tickets and purchase your NCAA 1st/2nd Round tickets as soon as possible.
Track Men Named Nation's Top Relay Team
Without taking top honors in a single relay event, the Bears' amassed 33 total points in the standings with a top-seven time in five events. BU ranked third in the 4x100-meter relay, fourth in 4x200, 4x400 and sprint medley relays, along with a seventh-place ranking in the 4x800-meter relay.
Baylor most recently claimed a tie for the top spot in the relay rankings with Florida State in 2007, but this year's outright title marks the first one since 1989. In 2009, Baylor finished third overall.
According to Track and Field News, events are scored 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (5-4-3-2- 1 for shuttle hurdle relays). Neither club teams including eligible collegians nor "pickup" or "all-star" teams with members who later ran on their actual team are eligible. The U.S. National Teams are likewise excluded.
Read the full TFN article here.
2010 TFN Relay Rankings
An idea by Baylor FAR (Faculty Athletics Representative) Mike Rogers turned into a reality when a group of Baylor Athletics staff and student-athletes participated in the Baylor/Big 12 Habitat for Humanity project last week in Dallas. The project was Baylor's gift to the league's Governance Group (Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, FARs, Big 12 Conference staff); a gift to the Governance Group is traditionally presented by the year's Chair institution - Baylor served as the Chair for both the Governance and Coaching groups meetings during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Baylor FAR Mike Rogers, Director of Athletics Ian McCaw and Associate AD Nancy Post chose the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity because the Conference headquarters has been in the Dallas area since the Big 12's inception.
Baylor Athletics crew members for the Baylor/Big 12 Habitat project included: Nancy Post (Associate AD), Glenn Moore (Softball), Britni Newman (Softball), Jimmy Hubble (former assistant softball coach), Sylvia Ferdon (Women's Golf), Tom Hill (Associate AD), Todd Harbor (Track & Field), Karry Forsythe (Competitive Cheer), Josh Taylor (Competitive Cheer), Candice O'Brien (Volleyball), Debbie Gerick (Baylor alum and friend of Candice O'Brien), Julie Bennett (Media Relations), Henry Howard (Business Office), Cody Hall (Business Office), Danny Brabham (Track & Field), Jon Capron (Track & Field), Joey Scrivano (Women's Tennis), Alison Ojeda (Women's Tennis), Tierra Barber (Student-Athlete Services), Todd Patulski (Executive Associate AD), Greg Priest (Men's Golf), Nida Priest (Coach Priest's wife) and Nick Joos (Senior Associate AD). Members of Baylor's soccer team also participated: Lindsey Johnson, Allie Moran, Lotto Smith, Kim Kuijper, Hanna Gilmore, Hannah Dismuke, Caitlin Fennegan, Carlie Davis, Selby Polley, Alex Klein and Georgia Mullins.
Big 12 Assistant Commissioner Brad Clements helped coordinate Conference staff, supplies and logistics. The Big 12 donated the supplies that had been purchased (hammers, nail aprons, sunscreen, coolers, drinks, etc.) to the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity at the conclusion of Saturday's work.
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Every nail was hammered manually - no nail guns were used. All three crews learned to measure and cut wood with various power tools.
A home is typically constructed in eight days using Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity's Build Schedule. The home, which is located in the Cedar Creek Ranch area of South Dallas, is scheduled for dedication on Oct. 16.