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Women Open Big 12 Tennis Title Defense

Zuzana Zemenova

Zuzana Zemenova

March 6, 2008

Fourth-ranked Baylor goes on the road to open defense of its 2007 Big 12 women's tennis regular season title. The Bears will face unranked Iowa State Friday at 3:00 p.m. before traveling to Lincoln, Neb., for a 10:30 p.m. showdown with No. 68 Nebraska on Saturday.


BEARS ON A ROLL (from the ITA weekly release)

A team making waves on the women's side is Baylor: last week, the Bears jumped to No. 4 in the rankings, their highest national ranking in program history. The Bears are also on several streaks, including a nine-match win streak against nationally ranked opponents, and a 36-match win streak at home. The Bears' last home loss came on March 19, 2005 to Vanderbilt. The 36-match home win streak includes victories over 20 nationally ranked opponents.





Sophomore Lenka Broosova extended her current win streak to 12 matches Sunday with her latest win over Wake Forest's Christian Tara. Broosova's win streak is the longest on the Baylor women's tennis team this season and gives her a perfect 12-0 record in spring action.



Baylor is a perfect 12-0 all-time against Iowa State, including a 7-0 victory in the last meeting between the two programs.


Iowa State enters the match 3-3 on the season with wins against Wisconsin-Green Bay, Western Illinois and Drake; losses came against No. 68 Nebraska, No. 45 Minnesota and Illinois at Chicago.



In their first ever meeting, the Huskers handed the Bears a 7-2 loss. Since then, Baylor has won 12 straight matches including a 4-0 victory in the 2007 Big 12 Tournament.


Nebraska entered the ITA team rankings for the first time this year at No. 68. It is the first time since the March 27, 2007, rankings that the Huskers have been ranked.


The Huskers are sporting an 11-0 record (1-0 Big 12), but are facing just their first nationally ranked team of the year in No. 4 Baylor.


Individually, Nebraska has one ranked singles player in No. 91 Imke Reimers. Reimers is 14-3 this season, including an 11-0 mark at No. 1 singles during the spring. On the season, Reimers is 1-3 against nationally ranked opponents.



The most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings list the Baylor women's tennis team at No. 4. The ranking, released Tuesday (March 4) is the second consecutive week the Bears have been No. 4, 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 five nationally ranked singles players and two nationally ranked doubles teams. No. 8 Lenka Broosova leads the way for the Bears with a 28-3 record entering the week. Broosova is followed by No. 19 Taylor Ormond, No. 25 Zuzana Zemenova, No. 79 Jana Bielikova and No. 123 Jelena Stanivuk.


Broosova and Zemenova have also teamed together as the nation's second-ranked doubles duo while Ormond and Stanivuk have been tabbed No. 41.


The ITA will next release its team rankings on March 11; individual rankings will next be released on March 18. 



Baylor hosted No. 15 Fresno State and No. 19 Wake Forest last week. The Bears earned a 6-1 win over Fresno State by sweeping the doubles point, including a win over the then-top-ranked doubles duo of Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe, and earning singles victories at the No. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 spots.


On Sunday, Baylor played a "1st-to-4" tournament style match against Wake Forest. The match started with singles action and was over in just over an hour as Broosova, Bielikova, Zemenova and freshman Karolina Filipiak won their respective matches in order to earn the win.



Zemenova was selected as this season's first recipient of the Big 12 Conference women's player of the week award Monday. The senior from Kosice, Slovakia, posted a 4-0 singles record including three victories over nationally ranked opponents. In doubles, Zemenova paired with Broosova to knock off the then-No. 1 doubles team of Rowe and Gloria of Fresno State.


The honor is the fourth of her career and 12th by a Baylor women's tennis player.

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