Baylor hosts Pepperdine Saturday at noon in its last non-conference regular season match.
April 5, 2007
WACO, Texas - Baylor's No. 20 women's tennis team will host No. 19 Pepperdine Sat., April 7 at noon at the Baylor Tennis Center for the teams' second meeting this season. Baylor previously defeated Pepperdine 6-1 in Malibu, Calif., March 14. Baylor will also be recognizing the program's letterwinners throughout the weekend.
The Bears prepare for the Easter weekend match after defeating No. 36 Texas 6-1 on Wednesday which improved BU's overall record to 14-6 and conference mark to 7-1. Baylor has won eight of its last nine matches, six of those victories coming against ranked teams. The Bears also boast a 32-match home win streak dating back to March 19, 2005, a 4-2 loss to Vanderbilt.
Against Pepperdine Baylor leads the overall series 3-2 and head coach Joey Scrivano is 6-1 against the Waves.
In the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's most recent polls, three Bears are ranked in singles and two duos are ranked in doubles. No. 28 Zuzana Zemenova has won four straight matches and owns a 16-5 overall record. Against Pepperdine in March, Zemenova defeated Sylvia Kosakowski 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1 singles to clinch Baylor's overall victory.
No. 54 Zuzana Cerna has one of Baylor's longest winning streaks this season with nine wins dating back to March 4. Cerna has earned a 24-7 overall record and is 1-0 against Pepperdine this year. Baylor's senior bested Caroline Rabe 6-1, 7-5 on court two.
No. 77 Lenka Broosova is quickly becoming Baylor's standout freshman. Broosova is the winningest player on the team heading into the weekend with an overall record of 27-8, including a currently running sixth-match win streak. Last time out in Malibu, Broosova played at the three spot against Eva Dickes and beat the Wave 6-4, 6-0.
Iva Mihaylova and Klara Zrustova also picked up points on courts four and five, respectively, in Baylor's route to defeating Pepperdine. Zuzana Chmelarova fell on court six as Jillian Bravermann picked up the Waves' single point.
In doubles rankings, No. 36 Broosova and Zrustova looked to sweep Pepperdine on court two, having defeated Dickes and Anete Bandere 8-6. No. 52 Zemenova and Mihaylova, currently undefeated at 6-0, also won their last match against the Waves, besting Bravermann and Tania Rice 8-4 on court three.
Pepperdine comes to town with a 14-7 overall record having most recently defeated St. Mary's 6-1. Three players are ranked individually for the Waves, No. 50 Bianca Dulgheru, No. 56 Kosakowski and No. 95 Katie Sabate. In doubles Dulgheru and Kosakowski are ranked No. 29.
Additionally worthy of note, Pepperdine's assistant coach Cintia Tortorella is a former assistant coach of Scrivano.
Saturday's match in Waco will feature live scoring at www.baylorbears.com.