March 16, 2003
WACO, Texas - After a hard-fought battle, the Baylor women's tennis team finally succumbed to the 25th-ranked Illinois squad, 4-3 at the Baylor Tennis Center on Sunday. The loss drops Baylor, ranked No. 42, to 6-7 on the season while Illinois moves to 9-3.
The two teams split doubles at the No. 1 and 2 spots. No. 19 Jenny McGaffigan and Michelle Webb defeated Baylor's Alison Bradley and Daria Potapova, 8-4 at No. 1. Anna Moncolova and Vida Mulec of Baylor whipped through their match at No. 2, 8-2. The outcome of the doubles point would then rest on the shoulders of two freshmen and two juniors. With the doubles point on the line and the match tied at 8 all, Baylor freshmen Stephanie Balzert and Izabela Mijic eeked out a 9-8 victory over Illinois juniors Tiffany Eklov and Brianna Knue by winning the tiebreaker 7-3.
Going into singles, Baylor would need wins in three of the six matches to snag an upset. The Bears won four of the six first sets but only Vida Mulec at No. 2 and Daria Potapova at No. 4 would go on to post a victory. Mulec, ranked No. 107, defeated No. 91 Tiffany Eklov and Potapova beat Eva Choe. Illinois' No. 60 Jenny McGaffigan, at No. 1, and Michelle Webb, at No. 6, would win their singles matches in two sets. With all matches completed except No. 5, the score was knotted at 3-3. Baylor's Izabela Mijic won the first set of that match 6-2, but junior Brianna Knue rebounded to take the final two sets 6-3, 6-1 to clinch the match for Illinois.
Baylor will return to the courts on Wed., March 19 when they host the University of Texas at 6 p.m.
#25 Illinois 4, #42 Baylor 3
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #19 Jenny McGaffigan/Michelle Webb, ILL def. Alison Bradley/Daria Potapova, BU 8-4
2. Anna Moncolova/Vida Mulec, BU def. Eva Choe/Eldina Fazlic, ILL 8-2
3. Stephanie Balzert/Izabela Mijic, BU def. Tiffany Eklov/Brianna Knue, ILL 9-8 (3)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 4, 3, 6, 5
1. #60 Jenny McGaffigan, ILL def. Anna Moncolova, BU 6-2, 7-5
2. #107 Vida Mulec, BU def. #91 Tiffany Eklov, ILL 6-3, 6-2
3. Eldina Fazlic, ILL def. Stephanie Balzert , BU 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Daria Potapova, BU def. Eva Choe, ILL 6-4, 6-2
5. Brianna Knue, ILL def. Izabela Mijic, BU 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
6. Michelle Webb, ILL def. Barbora Blahutiakova, BU 7-6(5), 6-2
Baylor - 6-7
Illinois - 9-3