A vote of league coaches determines the preseason poll
Lady Bears return three from last year’s squad
Successful fall seasons propel Lady Bears into national rankings
Senior falls to top seed and No. 105 ranked Taylor Townsend
Lady Bears fall in round one of the singles qualifying draw
Baylor WT vs Oregon Feb. 4, 2017 Hawkins Tennis Center
Baylor WT vs UTRGV Jan. 22, 2017 at Hawkins Tennis Center
• 2017 Big 12 Player of the Week (March 8)
• 2017 ITA Scholar-Athlete
• 2016 & 2017 Academic All-Big 12 (First Team)
• Four-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection
2016-17 (Junior): Posted a 19-7 singles record overall, including a 15-6 mark in dual match play, a 4-1 record in tournament action and a 4-2 mark in Big 12 action... Competed primarily at No. 4 singles, but also saw time at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 positions... Compiled a 15-8 doubles record with four partners... Saw the most success with sophomore Elizabeth Profit, posting a 9-2 mark... Competed primarily at No. 3 doubles, but also saw time at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles... Secured her first Big 12 Player of the Week honor on March 8, after posting a 4-0 singles record and a 2-1 doubles record in four matches... Clinched a team-high nine dual matches for the Lady Bears... Recognized as an ITA Scholar-Athlete and named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team for the second consecutive season.
2015-16 (Sophomore): Finished second season in Waco with 17-13 overall singles record and 10-8 mark in dual-match play...Played primarily in the bottom three spots of singles lineup, including a 6-1 on court five...Held 3-1 mark in Big 12 action...Played best tennis late in season, winning final five decisions and nine of last 11...Was first Bear to win in singles in 4-2 victory over No. 28 TCU with 6-1, 6-3 decision against Aleksandra Zenovka at No. 5 spot...Provided another straight-set triumph in 4-2 upset of No. 24 Texas with 7-6(1), 6-1 win vs. Daniella Roldan at No. 5 singles...Helped BU pick up first round NCAA victory over No. 26 Wake Forest by downing Luisa Fernandez, 6-2, 6-1, on court six to open singles...Played with seven different partners in doubles action, producing a combined record of 14-13...Was 4-3 with Elizabeth Profit and 2-0 with both Karina Traxler and Kiah Generette...Had lone win over ranked opponent with with Profit, downing 32nd-ranked Ferny Angeles Paz and Sandy Niehuas of Ohio State, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot...In fall action, recorded team-best seven wins in collegiate singles play, while playing a team-most 12 matches...Played in four fall events...Opened season with 2-1 mark at Under Armour/H-E-B Kickoff...Went 1-2 at Rice Invitational...Was 1-1 at USTA/ITA Regional Championships...Completed season with 3-1 mark at Jack Kramer Club Invitational, including victories in final three matches...Had 6-6 record in doubles matches with three different partners...Reached semifinals of Rice Invitational with Gabriela Ferreira, before falling to No. 31 Alison Ho and Lindsey Hodge...Earned spot on Academic All-Big 12 first team..Named to fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2015 Spring (Freshman): Joined program in January...Enjoyed 15-6 overall singles record with all of those contests coming in dual-matches...Played in the bottom three spots of the singles lineup with 3-0, 7-4, 5-2 records at positions 4, 5 and 6, respectively...Was 4-1 in Big 12 Conference play and 1-1 in matches against ranked opponents...Clinched 4-0 victory over No. 16 Texas Tech in Big 12 Championship finale with 6-2, 7-5 triumph at No. 5 spot over Sabrina Federici...Got season-best win over Texas A&M's No. 124 Stefania Hristov by 6-3, 6-2 score...Secured 4-3 BU win over No. 14 Clemson by winning final match on court at No. 6 spot, 6-4, 7-5, over Yuilynn Miao...Went 13-9 in doubles play with seven different partners...Had most success with Kelley Anderson as duo was 4-1, including 8-3 victory over Virginia's Mercer/Nauta in NCAA Championship Round of 16, which helped BU win doubles point and match 4-3...Named to spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Prep/Juniors: Owned career ITF record of 101-61 in singles and 112-48 in doubles...In 2014, racked up 32 doubles wins and only 12 losses, while tallying 17-15 record in singles...Achieved career-high combined ranking of No. 103 by the ITF in March 2014...Won singles and doubles titles at ITF 18 & Under South Central Circuit - Zimbabwe 3 in August 2014...Claimed four other doubles crowns in final season prior to college at ITF Juniors Tennis Club Hammam-Sousse, NWU PUK/RVTA ITF 1, Biesterbos Open 2014 and ITF 18 & Under South Central Circuit - Zimbabwe 2...Competed in 2014 International Hard Court Junior Championships and US Open Junior Tennis Championships.
Personal: Parents are Fred and Patricia Van Zyl...Has two older sisters...accounting major.