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No. 13 WT Hosts No. 44 Missouri, Iowa State

April 22, 2012

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#13 Baylor vs. #44 Missouri
Sunday, April 22, 2012 | 1 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Hurd Tennis Center

#13 Baylor vs. Iowa State
Monday, April 23, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Hurd Tennis Center

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WACO, Texas - Baylor's 13th-ranked women's tennis team will close the regular season hosting No. 44 Missouri on Sunday at 1 p.m. and Iowa State on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.

Baylor (20-6) will be fighting for seeding heading into the Big 12 Conference Championship next weekend, and is currently tied for third with a 5-2 league mark. Texas Tech and Texas are tied atop the standings with 7-1 records, Texas A&M is 6-2 to be tied with the Lady Bears in the loss column.

BU is coming off a 5-0 blanking of SMU at home last weekend after suffering a 4-3 loss at then-No. 13 Texas that broke a seven-match win streak.

Baylor's senior trio continues to play well and stay in the top 50 in the rankings, including two in the top 25. Diana Nakic is the highest ranked Lady Bear at No. 12 and has flip-flopped between the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in the lineup with Nina Secerbegovic over the last three matches. Secerbegovic is ranked 24th in the NCAA and currently holds a nine-match winning streak. The third senior, Sona Novakova, is ranked 47th and has an 11-match win streak in the No. 3 position in the lineup.

In doubles, Baylor has improved over the course of the season, led by the 17th-ranked pair of Secerbegovic and Ema Burgic. That tandem has won three matches in a row and has a 7-3 mark on the year.

Missouri (10-10, 2-6) enters the match with back-to-back losses against Kansas State and No. 19 Texas Tech. The Tigers are led by the middle of their lineup with a 12-7 dual-match record from Rachel Stuhlmann and a 13-7 dual-match mark from Alex Clark. In doubles, Jamie Mera and Nina Pantic play the No. 1 position and have the team's best record at 10-7.

Baylor is 17-0 all-time against Missouri in a series that dates back to 1997. Last season, the Lady Bears defeated MU 5-2 in Columbia, Mo.

Iowa State, who will come to Waco on Monday, brings a 4-16 overall mark and a 1-6 league record. The Cyclones are coming off their lone conference win, a 6-1 victory over Kansas.

Baylor is 16-0 all-time against Iowa State, including three consecutive 7-0 wins.

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