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Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. Kansas

March 9, 2001

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#13 Baylor (10-2, 3-0) vs. #64 Kansas (6-4, 1-1)
March 10, 2001, 1:30 p.m., Waco, Texas (Streich Tennis Courts)

The 13th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will gun for its seventh straight win Saturday as the Bears host No. 64 Kansas at 1:30 p.m.

The Bears have won six straight since losing back-to-back matches against then-No. 2 Georgia and then-No. 1 Stanford. Saturday's match is the first of four consecutive home matches for the Bears, to be followed by nine road matches in a row to end the regular season.

Kansas is led by senior Monica Sekulov, who has compiled a 15-8 record as the Jayhawks' No. 1 singles player. Sekulov teams with Lisa Mallaiah to form KU's No. 1 doubles pair, together, they are 1-4 this year. The team of Courtney Steinbock and Kristen Steinbock is ranked 43rd in the nation.

Last season, Baylor beat Kansas 6-3 in Lawrence during the regular season and 5-2 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. The Bears are 4-1 against the Jayhawks since the inception of the Big 12 Confence, the lone defeat came in 1998 in Lawrence.

Team notes:
The team's current No. 13 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 48-7 at home. The Bears have won 17 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 52 weeks, dating to March 15, 2000, when the Baylor women moved up to No. 18.

Individual notes:
Head Coach Dave Luedtke: 183-123 in his 14th season, all at Baylor... Earned his 175th career win vs. Missouri (2/3).

Karin Andersson: Ranks third in school history in career singles wins (84), three wins behind second place Katja Kovac... Ranks second in program history in career doubles wins (67), 10 behind record holder Sophie Goldschmidt.

Katja Kovac: Second in school history in career singles wins (87), five 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... Earned the highest ranking of her career in February at No. 19 (2/12)... Was the first Bear to reach 20 wins this season (2/19).

Vida Mulec: Has won a season-high six straight singles matches... 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 (78), one win behind fifth-place Hortensia Hernandez... Named preseason all-Big 12 in singles... Was 1-2 at the Rolex Indoors... Top win this season came against then-No. 3 Sara Walker of UCLA.

Doubles notes:
Long-time doubles partners Karin Andersson and Frida Borjesson won their first five matches of the year, lost to then-No. 8 Granville/Lastra of Stanford, and have now won six more in a row. The six-match streak is a new team career-high for consecutive wins and ties for the third-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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