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Baylor Tennis Teams Jump in ITA Team Rankings

Head coach Matt Knoll's Bears moved up to No. 31 in the latest ITA national rankings.

Head coach Matt Knoll's Bears moved up to No. 31 in the latest ITA national rankings.

April 18, 2001

WACO, Texas - The Baylor women's tennis team moved up four spots to No. 13, and the Baylor men ended a three-week slide with a five-spot jump to No. 31 in the latest national rankings, released Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The Baylor women have won three of their last four, including a big win over then-No. 12 Texas A&M on Thursday in College Station. Wednesday's ranking marks the third time this season the Bears have come in at No. 13, that ranking is the highest in program history.

The Baylor men's record stands at 9-9 after a loss to No. 9 South Alabama in Mobile on Monday. Eight of the team's nine losses this season have come against top-20 competition, however, allowing them to remain among the top teams in the country at No. 31.

The women's doubles team of Katja Kovac and Jahnavi Parekh made its first appearance of the year in the latest national rankings, coming in at No. 41. The duo last appeared together in the ITA doubles rankings in September 1999, when they were ranked 45th. The pair is 11-3 together and moved into the rankings fueled by an 8-6 win over then-No. 13 Hedburg and Roland of Texas A&M on Thursday.

In the women's singles rankings, Parekh moved back ahead of Kovac. Parekh stepped up two spots to No. 27, while Kovac fell six places to No. 34. Vida Mulec, Baylor's No. 3 singles player, dropped to No. 86 in the nation.

In men's doubles, Reiner Neurohr and Mark Williams again remained among the top 25, dipping one spot to No. 19. The pair has ranked among the top 25 for every week but one this year, and ranked as high as No. 4 this spring.

For complete team and individual rankings, visit www.itatennis.com.

The Baylor women wrap up their regular season with a match at Nebraska Saturday. The Baylor men host No. 6 Texas A&M Thursday at 2:30 p.m., then head to Austin to face No. 19 Texas in their regular season finale.

 

 

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