No. 9 WT Faces Tough Week Ahead

March 22, 2011

No. 9 Baylor (13-3) | No. 33 SMU (12-3) | Oklahoma State (4-8) | No. 18 Oklahoma (11-2)

Wednesday, March 23 | 5 P.M. 
Waco, Texas
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  Saturday, March 26 | 1 P.M. 
Stillwater, Okla.
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Sunday, March 27 | 1 P.M. 
Norman, Okla.

WACO, Texas - Baylor's ninth-ranked women's tennis team faces another week of top-tier opponents starting with No. 33 SMU at home on Wednesday at the Baylor Tennis Center, followed by a weekend trip to face No. 18 Oklahoma on Saturday and Oklahoma State on Sunday.

Coming off an up-and-down week, which featured a 5-2 win over No. 3 Miami and a streak-breaking 4-3 loss to No. 53 Kansas State, the Lady Bears moved from 10th to 9th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released on Tuesday. Baylor went 3-1 overall during the week, sandwiching wins against Kentucky (7-0) and Kansas (6-1) around the KSU loss, to bring its record to 11-3 overall, 2-1 in the Big 12.

The loss to Kansas State snapped a four-year, 57-match win streak over Big 12 opponents that included 43 in a row in the regular season. Until that match, Baylor hadn't lost a Big 12 match at the Baylor Tennis Center since April 16, 2004.

Baylor enters the three-match stretch with five ranked singles players, including three in the top 50 with No. 19 Sona Novakova, No. 34 Nina Secerbegovic and No. 44 Diana Nakic. Novakova leads the team with a team-best 21-5 singles record, while Secerbegovic is 14-3 and Nakic is 12-6 on the season. Secerbegovic and Novakova also form a doubles combination that is ranked 42nd.

SMU enters the week ranked 33rd in the NCAA with a 12-3 overall record, that includes a 5-3 mark against nationally-ranked opponents. The Mustangs are led by ninth-ranked Marta Lesniak, who has a 30-5 mark in the season, including a 12-2 singles record in dual matches. Lesniak teams with Heather Steinbauer to form the 61st-ranked doubles pair with an 8-2 record this year.

On the weekend, Baylor will take on the Sooners in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, March 26, then travel the next day to Stillwater, Okla., to take on the Cowgirls.

Oklahoma is ranked 18th in the most recent poll, and has compiled an 11-2, 3-0 Big 12 record. The Sooners, coming off a win over No. 29 Nebraska, have one ranked player in No. 95 Ana-Maria Constantinescu. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State is 4-8, 1-1 in the Big 12 on the season, and is fresh off a 4-3 loss to Nebraska last weekend.

Baylor and SMU will take the court at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Baylor Tennis Center, while both matches in Oklahoma are slated to start at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.



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