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Women's Tennis Defeats SMU

March 31, 2004

WACO, Texas -- -

The 45th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team upset No. 42 SMU 5-2 on Wednesday evening in Waco at the Baylor Tennis Center. Baylor is now .500 for the first time this season with an 8-8 record, while SMU holds a 12-8 record on the season.

SMU won the first point of the match early in doubles competition winning in all three positions. In the No. 3 spot, Stephanie Balzert and Iva Mihaylova fell to Svetlana Kouzmenko and Allison Leuszler 8-5. Next to finish were Daniela Covello and Klara Zrustova in the No. 2 position who were defeated by Nadia Vaughan and Lynsie Jones 8-5, giving SMU the doubles point. Carolin Walter and Daria Potapova finished last, falling to Kit Carson and Jenny Langer 9-7.

The Bears won the match in singles competition, coming out with victories in all but one position. First to finish was Stephanie Balzert, falling to SMU's Jenny Langer 6-1, 6-2 from the No. 3 position. Putting Baylor on the board was Daria Potapova who defeated Nadia Vaughan 6-0, 6-4 playing at No. 4. Baylor's 42nd ranked Carolin Walter brought Baylor back into the game with a victory over No. 83 Svetlana Kouzmenko. Putting Baylor in the lead, Klara Zrustova defeated Lynsie Jones 6-0, 7-6 (2) in a tie-breaker. Fifth to finish for Baylor, giving Baylor the win, was Iva Mihaylova at the No. 6 position with a score of 6-3, 6-4 over Halley Rambally. Topping off the win for Baylor, in the No. 2 position, was Daniela Covello, battling out a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 defeat over SMU's Kit Carson.



Baylor has the week off as they prepare for their next match set for Thursday, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center against the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies.

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Walter/Potapova (BU) vs. Carson/Langer (SMU) 9-7
2. Covello/Zrustova (BU) vs. Vaughan/Jones (SMU) 8-5
3. Balzert/Mihaylova (BU) vs. Kouzmenko/Leuszler (SMU) 8-5

Order of Finish: 3, 4, 1, 5, 6, 2
1. #42 Carolin Walter (BU) def. #83 Svetlana Kouzmenko (SMU) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
2. Daniela Covello (BU) def. Kit Carson (SMU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
3. Jenny Langer (SMU) def. Stephanie Balzert (BU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Daria Potapova (BU) def. Nadia Vaughan (SMU) 6-0, 6-4
5. Klara Zrustova (BU) def. Lynsie Jones (SMU) 6-0, 7-6 (2)
6. Iva Mihaylova (BU) def. Halley Rambally (SMU) 6-3, 6-4

Final: Baylor 5, SMU 2
Records: Baylor (8-8)
SMU (12-8)

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