March 26, 2002
WACO, Texas -
at #40 Kansas State - Fri,. March 29, 3 p.m., Washburn Tennis Facility - Manhattan, Kansas
at #38 Kansas - Sat., March 30, 1 p.m., Robinson Courts - Lawrence, Kansas
at Missouri - Mon., April 1, 2 p.m., Campus Courts - Columbia, Missouri
Dave Luedtke's Bears face a three match road trip, traveling to the states of Kansas and Missouri. The Bears are coming off their first Big 12 loss after losing to Texas (6-1) in Austin on Saturday afternoon. Baylor is now 11-4 on the season and 3-1 in Big 12 action. They are led by senior Katja Kovac and junior Vida Mulec, ranked 59th and 66th, respectively. The duo also maintains a No. 49 doubles ranking.
Kansas State head coach Steve Bietau has his Wildcats ranked No. 40 nationally. They are 8-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. Their lone conference loss came at the hands of Oklahoma State (4-3). They are led by senior Alena Jecminkova, ranked 102nd nationally.
The University of Kansas is currently ranked No. 38 and is 9-3 on the season and 4-0 in league play. Head coach Kilmeny Waterman's Jayhawks have posted league wins over Texas Tech (5-3), Oklahoma State (6-1), Oklahoma (6-1) and Colorado (5-2).
Missouri sports a 6-6 season record and 1-6 in Big 12 action under head coach Blake Starkey. Urska Juric and Katka Sevcikova combine to rank No. 47 in doubles for the Tigers.
Baylor in the Rankings...
The latest Omni Hotels Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, released Mar. 20, dropped the Baylor women's team from No. 18 to No. 27. The Bears are currently 11-4 on the season after dropping a match to Big 12 opponent Texas (6-1) last week.
In the ITA Top 100 individual rankings also released on Mar. 20, two Lady Bears stayed in the rankings. Senior Katja Kovac dropped from No. 47 to No. 59, while junior Vida Mulec moved up from No. 71 to No. 66. In doubles, the team of Kovac/Mulec were listed at the No. 49 spot.
Head Coach Dave Luedtke...
Baylor Head Coach Dave Luedtke is in his 15th season at the helm of the women's program. He has a career record of 206-132 at Baylor. Last season he guided the Bears to a third place Big 12 finish and to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. His teams have made six consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Junior Vida Mulec has the longest winning streak going in spring competition at three matches. She was the only Bear to post a singles victory over the University of Texas. In doubles, senior Frida Borjesson and freshman Patricia Graf have won three matches in a row including a victory over Texas.
Junior Vida Mulec is playing with a broken left wrist. She suffered a fall in practice last week (3/21) and x-rays on Friday showed the wrist was broken. Despite the injury, the two-fisted backhander, posted a victory over Texas' Joanne Masongsong (6-1, 3-6, 7-5) on Saturday. She will be in a cast for approximately six weeks.