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WACO, Texas -
Baylor's 19th-ranked women's tennis team earned its ninth-straight selection into the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship on Tuesday as the 64-team was unveiled.
BU is one of 16 No. 2 seeds and will travel to open its 16th-overall NCAA appearance. The Lady Bears will face third-seeded and 39th-ranked San Diego State in Evanston, Ill., in the first round.
Host institution Northwestern and University of Illinois-Chicago will also be competing in the four-team pod. The Lady Bears will hit the court at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10 to take on the Aztecs. Meanwhile the Wildcats and the Flames square off at 2 p.m. The winners will play on Saturday May 11, at noon for a chance to advance to the Round of 16 at the NCAA final site in Urbana, Ill. from May 16-21.
"You want to play to put yourself in a position to play at home, but at the same time this is the situation we are in and we have to make the most of it," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "This team can absolutely make a run, if we get our mindset right we are an extremely dangerous team."
The Lady Bears bring a streak of eight consecutive Round of 16 appearances, including five trips to NCAA quarterfinals (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and two to the Final Four (2008, 2011) into the 2013 event.
BU will not be hosting first and second round action for the first time in seven years. The Lady Bears are currently 16-14 on the season after losing to Oklahoma State in the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championships. Baylor was the Big 12 regular season champion for the ninth time in 2013.
For BU, 10th-ranked Ema Burgic holds the best dual-match record in singles at 23-5 in the top of the lineup for the Lady Bears, with a 15-match win streak. Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva also form BU's eighth-ranked doubles tandem, with a 17-3 record on court 1.
Northwestern (18-8) is serving as host site, claiming an automatic bid after winning its 15th-straight Big 10 title against Michigan. The Wildcats are led by 51st-ranked Kate Turvy, who holds a 12-9 dual-match record and a 5-2 record on court 2 for the Wildcats. No. 123 Veronica Corning also has a 11-11 dual-match record in singles. In doubles, Northwestern's tandem of Alicia Barnett and Corning are riding an 11-match win streak, and have a 13-6 record on court 2.
UIC (16-5) enters the event after claiming both the regular season title, as well as winning the Horizon Championships. The Flames posted an 8-1 conference record on the season and have won nine of their last 11 matches.
San Diego State (20-4) is coming off of a 4-1 upset loss to second-seeded UNLV in the Mountain West title match, breaking a 15-match win streak. SDSU is led by senior Julia Wais with a 15-9 record in the first position for the Aztecs in singles action. Junior Laura Antonana is currently on a 13-match win streak on court 3, with a 19-3 overall singles record. In doubles, senior Alicia Aguilar and freshman Isabelle Hoorn form SDSU's most successful doubles tandem with a 12-4 record on court 3.
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