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Weekend Preview: Women's Tennis vs. SMU, Texas Tech

Junior Katja Kovac was the first Bear to reach 20 wins this season.

Junior Katja Kovac was the first Bear to reach 20 wins this season.

Feb. 21, 2001

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#14 Baylor (7-2, 2-0) vs. #50 SMU (3-0)
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, 1:30 p.m., Waco, Texas (Marrs McLean Courts)
#14 Baylor (7-2, 2-0) vs. Texas Tech (6-1, 2-1)
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, 10 a.m., Waco, Texas (Courts TBA)

The 14th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will look to extend its three-match win streak as the Bears host No. 50 SMU Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and unranked Texas Tech Saturday at 10 a.m.

SMU comes to Waco having won its first three matches of the season against then-No. 39 BYU, UT-Arlington, and UTEP. The Mustangs are led by 10th-ranked Dee Dee Herring, who is 15-5 on the season and a perfect 3-0 this spring.

The Bears beat SMU 8-1 last season in Dallas. Herring provided the only point for the Mustangs, beating Jahnavi Parekh 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.

Texas Tech is 6-1 on the year, 2-1 in Big 12 play. Like the Bears, the Red Raiders have wins over Missouri and Iowa State, but Texas Tech was swept by then-No. 6 Texas in Lubbock Feb. 10. The Red Raiders had no ranked individuals in the Feb. 12 listings.

Baylor swept Texas Tech 9-0 a year ago in Lubbock. The win was the Bears' 12th straight to open the season.

Baylor enters the weekend having won three matches in a row, including Monday's sweep of Iowa State. The Bears have won 15 straight matches at home, dating to April 1999.

Thursday's match will be played at the Marrs McLean Tennis Courts on the Baylor campus as resurfacing work continues on the Streich Courts, the Bears' normal home. The location of Saturday's match will depend upon the progress of the Streich resurfacing.


Team notes:
The team's current No. 14 ranking is the program's highest ever. The Bears have ranked no lower than No. 19 since March 29, 2000.

The Bears' win over then-No. 8 UCLA (Feb. 16) was the first win over a top-10 team in program history.

Since entering the Big 12, the Baylor women are 46-7 at home. The Bears have won 15 in a row at home, dating back to April 13, 1999, when they lost to then-No. 17 Arkansas, 6-3.

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

The Baylor men's and women's tennis teams have both ranked in top 25 for the past 50 weeks, dating to March 15, 2000, when the Baylor women moved up to No. 18.

Individual notes:
Head Coach Dave Luedtke: 180-123 in his 14th season, all at Baylor... Earned his 175th career win vs. Missouri (2/3).

Karin Andersson: Ranks fourth in school history in career singles wins (82), one win behind third place Melissa Castro... Ranks fourth in program history in career doubles wins (64), two behind second-place Julie Hamilton and Rachel Forney.

Katja Kovac: Second in school history in career singles wins (84), eight wins behind all-time leader Rachel Forney... 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... Named preseason all-Big 12 in singles... Currently holds the highest ranking of her career at No. 19 (2/12)... Was the first Bear to reach 20 wins this season (2/19).

Vida Mulec: Re-entered the ITA singles rankings in December at a career-high No. 41... Top win 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 sixth place in school history for career wins (76), three wins behind fifth-place Hortensia Hernandez... Named preseason all-Big 12 in singles... Was 1-2 at the Rolex Indoors.

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

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

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

 

 

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