this week in baylor women's tennis
The fourth-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will hit the road to face No. 70 Kansas and Kansas State. The match against the Jayhawks will be Baylor's 18th contest against a nationally ranked opponent. The Lady Bears have now won 18 of their last 19 matches.
bears on a roll
A team making waves on the women's side is Baylor: five weeks ago, the Bears jumped to No. 4 in the rankings, their highest national ranking in program history. After falling to fifth place for two weeks, the Lady Bears jumped two spots two weeks ago to No. 3. Last week, Baylor improved one spot to No. 2, the Lady Bears' highest ranking in program history before dropping to fourth this week following a loss to top-ranked Northwestern.
Kansas is currently 7-8 on the season, with a 3-2 mark in conference action. The Jayhawks are coming off wins over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State last weekend. Kansas currently holds a No. 70 national ranking.
kansas state file
Kansas State is currently 6-9 on the season, with a 2-4 mark in conference action. The Wildcats split with the Oklahoma schools before falling to Texas Tech on Friday.
baylor drops No. 31 texas a&m
Baylor won four straight singles matches, and endured a one hour, 13 minutes rain delay to defeat No. 31 Texas A&M 5-2 on Wednesday night at the Baylor Tennis Center.
No. 13 Lenka Broosova opened the scoring for Baylor with a straight-sets victory over Anna Blagodarova 6-2, 6-0 on court three. Jelena Stanivuk put Baylor in the lead with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Tiffany Clifford at number four singles. No. 28 Taylor Ormond gave Baylor the 3-1 lead on court two with a 6-4, 6-4 win versus Chrissy Liles.
Holding serve on match point, Zuzana Zemenova double-faulted, making the score deuce at 3-6, 6-1, 5-2. Rain started falling and play was immediately stopped. After a rain delay and the mandatory 10-minute warm-up, Zemenova won two straight points to win the match 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 over Elze Potgieter.
in the rankings
Baylor dropped one spot to No. 4 in the nation according to the latest rankings from the ITA, it was announced on Tuesday. The Lady Bears, who achieve their highest ranking in program history at No. 2 last week, fell two spots after a 5-2 loss at home to top-ranked Northwestern.
The Lady Bears are currently 19-2 on the season, with its only losses to then-top-ranked Stanford at the 2008 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wisc and the current top-ranked team, Northwestern, last week. The Lady Bears have won 17 of their last 18 matches, including wins over 13 teams ranked in the top 75, and eight teams ranked 19th or better.
In addition, Baylor has four singles players and two doubles teams ranked this week. Lenka Broosova holds the No. 13 national ranking in singles, while Zuzana Zemenova fell one spot to 24th in the nation this week. Taylor Ormond is ranked 28th overall, while Jana Bielikova holds the No. 81 national ranking
Zemenova and Broosova combined for a No. 2 national doubles ranking, up two spots from last week. Ormond teams with Jelena Stanivuk as the 57th-ranked tandem in the nation.
Zuzana Zemenova was named the Big 12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for matches between March 10-16. The weekly award is the sixth career accolade for Zemenova and marks the second time this season she has earned the league's award.
Earlier this season, Zemenova earned the conference's first weekly award of the spring season. Then ranked 24th nationally, she posted a 4-0 record at No. 1 singles, including wins over No. 10 Riza Zalameda (UCLA), No. 11 Melanie Gloria (Fresno State), No. 72 Sylvia Kosakowski (Pepperdine) and Sasha Kulikova (Wake Forest).
The weekly award was the third straight for Baylor players. The Lady Bears swept the first three awards of the dual match season. Taylor Ormond was selected as the player of the week on March 10. She posted a 2-0 singles and 2-0 doubles record as Baylor opened conference play with road wins at Iowa State (6-1) and previously undefeated No. 68 Nebraska (7-0).