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Tournament Preview: Women's Tennis at Natl. Team Indoors

Feb. 14, 2001

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Feb. 12, 2001

#17 Baylor (4-1, 1-0) at National Team Indoors
Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 15-18, 2001, Madison, Wisc.

The Baylor women's tennis team will take the highest ranking in program history with them to Madison, Wisc., for the USTA/ITA Women's National Team Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. Baylor will lay its No. 17 ranking on the line against top-ranked Stanford in the first round, Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

The Bears will face stiff competition as 16 of the top teams in the nation participate. Baylor joins No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Duke, No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 USC, No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 14 Tennessee, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 21 Washington, No. 40 Oklahoma State and host Wisconsin.

This will be the first appearance by the Baylor women in the prestigious tournament, completing a full circle for Luedtke, who grew up in nearby Oshkosh. He played collegiate tennis at Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he won the state university doubles championship in 1982 and 1983. Luedtke then began his coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant before coming to Baylor in 1987.

Team notes:
The team's current No. 17 ranking is the program's highest ever. The Bears have ranked no lower than No. 19 since March 29, 2000.

Baylor has won five straight season openers, dating back to 1996.

Since entering the Big 12, the Baylor women are 45-7 at home. The Bears have won 14 in a row at home, dating back to April 13, 1999, when they lost to then-No. 17 Arkansas, 6-3.

Individual notes:
Head Coach Dave Luedtke: 177-122 in his 14th season, all at Baylor... Earned his 175th career win vs. Missouri (2/3).

Karin Andersson: Is tied with Sophie Goldschmidt for fourth in school history in career singles wins (79)... Is tied with Melissa Castro for fourth in program history in career doubles wins (61), five behind second-place Julie Hamilton and Rachel Forney.

Frida Borjesson: Has won a season-high four straight singles matches twice this year (10/28-11/4, 1/28-2/5).

Katja Kovac: Won a career-high 11 straight matches (10/28-2/1) before losing to then-No. 1 Laura Granville of Stanford in the second round of the Rolex Indoors. The 11-match streak tied for sixth-best in school history... Is tied with Melissa Castro for second in school history in career singles wins (83), nine wins behind all-time leader Rachel Forney... Named preseason all-Big 12 in singles... Currently holds the highest ranking of her career at No. 19 (2/12).

Vida Mulec: Re-entered the ITA singles rankings in December at a career-high No. 41... Top wins this season came against then-No. 33 Kristy Dascoli of Ohio State (9/23)... Named preseason all-Big 12 in singles.

Jahnavi Parekh: Began the spring ranked No. 18 in the nation in singles... Holds seventh place in school history for career wins (74), one win behind sixth-place Hortensia Hernandez... Named preseason all-Big 12 in singles... Was 1-2 at the Rolex Indoors.

Doubles notes: Baylor's No. 1 team of Katja Kovac and Vida Mulec was named preseason all-Big 12.

Long-time doubles partners Karin Andersson and Frida Borjesson have won their first five matches of the year, tying the team's career-high win streak.

The team of Alison Bradley and Monica Gonzalez made its first appearance in the ITA rankings (2/12) at No. 43.



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