Lady Netters Welcome Two Top-20 Teams

Feb. 28, 2008

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Boasting their highest national ranking in program history, the fourth-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will host a pair of nationally ranked opponents beginning Friday with No. 15 Fresno State before the Bears welcome No. 19 Wake Forest on Sunday; the matches are scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively.



Fourth-ranked Baylor hosts a pair of nationally ranked opponents beginning Friday with No. 15 Fresno State before welcoming No. 19 Wake Forest on Sunday. Both matches will be scored live on



Sophomore Lenka Broosova extended her current win streak to 10 matches Tuesday with her latest win over UCLA's Tracy Lin. Broosova's win streak is the longest on the Baylor women's tennis team this season and gives her a perfect 10-0 record in spring action.



The Bears are currently 2-0 at home this season, extending their current home win streak to 30 matches. The last time the Baylor women lost at home was on April 10, 2005, against then-No. 19 Tulane, 4-3.



Friday will be just the second meeting between Baylor and Fresno State. The two teams met for the first time in a 7-0 Baylor victory on March 2, 2006, at the Baylor Tennis Center.


This season, Fresno State is 6-2 with their losses coming against No. 1 Northwestern (Feb. 7) and No. 11 UCLA (Feb. 15). Wins for the Bulldogs include: No. 24 Clemson, No. 26 Arkansas, No. 35 UC-Irvine, No. 40 Florida International, No. 33 UNLV and No. 32 Texas A&M.


Individually, Fresno State has four nationally ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. In singles: No. 11 Melanie Gloria, No. 20 Anastasia Petukhova, No. 77 Tinesta Rowe and No. 98 Renata Kucerkova. In doubles: No. 1 Rowe and Gloria, and No. 14 Kucerkova and Petukhova.



It took over 20 years, but Wake Forest and Baylor will meet again on Sunday. The two teams last met on April 3, 1987, as the Demon Deacons won 8-1.


Wake Forest enters the week with a 3-2 record which includes wins against Penn State, No. 23 Tennessee and No. 28 Indiana University-Bloomington; their two losses came against No. 17 William & Mary and No. 16 Notre Dame. Prior to Sunday's match, Wake Forest will face No. 32 Texas A&M.


The Demon Deacons have no ranked individuals, but have the nation's No. 28 doubles team in Alexandra Hirsch and Sash Kulikova.



The most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings list the Baylor women's tennis team at No. 4. The ranking, released Tuesday (Feb. 26) is the highest team ranking in program history. Previously the Bears had earned a No. 5 ranking for four consecutive weeks during the 2006 season.


Individually, Baylor has four nationally ranked singles players and one nationally ranked doubles team. No. 18 Lenka Broosova leads the way for the Bears with a 26-3 record entering the week. Broosova is followed by No. 22 Taylor Ormond, No. 24 Zuzana Zemenova and No. 37 Jana Bielikova.


Broosova and Zemenova have also teamed together as the nation's fourth-ranked doubles duo.


The ITA will next release its team and individual rankings on Tuesday, March 4.



Baylor went on the road, earning its sixth and seventh consecutive victories over nationally ranked opponents with wins over No. 17 Pepperdine and No. 11 UCLA, respectively.


Despite losing the doubles point in both matches, the Bears quickly recovered to clinch their wins prior to the match's completion.



Baylor has a 2-1 record this season against Fresno State in singles competition. The Bear's Bielikova lost to then-No. 47 Anastasia Petukhova on Oct. 3, 2007, but Baylor's Zuzana Chmelarova and Taylor Ormond have posted wins against Fresno State's Vanessa Heroux and Melanie Gloria.


Ormond's win over then-No. 3 Gloria was a straigh-sets victory (6-2, 7-6) in the Round of 16 of the National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 2, 2007.


In doubles, the Bears are 1-1 against the Bulldogs as Broosova and Zemenova earned an 8-6 victory over current No. 1 Gloria and Rowe.


No member of Baylor has faced Wake Forest this season.



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