March 25, 2008
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor women's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 2 in the nation according to the latest rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, it was announced on Tuesday. The Lady Bears, who achieved the highest ranking in program history, will play host to top-ranked Northwestern on Wednesday.
Northwestern still holds the top spot in this week's rankings following a break from action for more than two weeks. Baylor moves from third to second after Georgia Tech, the second-ranked team for the past four weeks, lost 4-3 at ninth-ranked Duke last weekend. The Yellow Jackets fell to third, while Florida and Stanford round out the top five.
Wednesday night's match with top-ranked Northwestern will mark the first time that Baylor has played host to a No. 1-ranked team. It also marks the first time that Baylor has faced a No. 1 team in a non-championship dual match. Baylor has squared off against a top-ranked team on two other occasions, both against Stanford. The Lady Bears fell to the Cardinal 4-2 earlier this season at the ITA Indoor Championships, and lost a 7-0 decision to Stanford at the National Indoor Championships in 2001.
Baylor is currently 17-1 on the season, with its only loss to then-top-ranked Stanford at the 2008 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wisc. The Lady Bears are riding a 15-match winning streak, including wins over 12 teams ranked in the top 75, and eight teams ranked 19th or better.
The Lady Bears are now 13-1 on the season against nationally ranked opponents.
Baylor opened the spring season at No. 13 in the ITA rankings before climbing to No. 11 (Feb. 5), No. 10 (Feb. 12) and No. 8 (Feb. 20). On Feb. 26, the Lady Bears attained its highest ranking ever, moving to No. 4 in the nation. Baylor held that ranking for two weeks before dropping to fifth on March 11.
Prior to the 2008 season, Baylor's highest billing came during the 2006 season when the Lady Bears were ranked No. 5 nationally for four consecutive weeks.
The Lady Bears return to action on Wednesday as Baylor plays host to top-ranked Northwestern at 5:30 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center.
Note: All previous opponent rankings based on rankings at the time they played Baylor.
ITA National Rankings (03/25/08)
3. Georgia Tech
10. Southern California