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Women's Tennis to Host NCAA First and Second Rounds

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May 3, 2001

WACO, Texas - Baylor will play host to the NCAA Tennis Tournament First and Second Rounds for the second year in a row in 2001. Last season, the Baylor men hosted a regional and advanced to the final site. This season, the Baylor women get to stay home and host a regional in the beautiful new Baylor Tennis Center, May 11-13.

The 17th-ranked Bears enter the tournament as the No. 15 seed and will host UT-Arlington in the first round. Penn and Pepperdine round out the regional bracket.

"This is probably the happiest day of my life," women's head coach Dave Luedkte said. "To be able to bring the NCAA regional home to Waco, Texas -- that's a great feeling."

Junior Katja Kovac was selected to participate in the NCAA Singles Championships, and the team of Kovac and senior Jahnavi Parekh will play in the NCAA Doubles Championships.

"Katja has a great year," Luedtke said. "Not only did she pick up big wins, but she was amazingly consistent. She got up for every match, and when she had a chance for a big win, she got it.

"Kovac and Parekh, once they started playing together, were just great, too."

NOTE: Parekh was added Friday to the group of 64 players selected for the NCAA singles tournament.

Parekh, an all-American in 2000, was inadvertently left off the list of selections released by the NCAA Thursday. She has ranked no lower than 37th this season and was ranked as high as 13th during the fall.

"We're glad they got this fixed," Baylor head coach Dave Luedtke said. "Jahnavi definitely deserved to be in."



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