Vida Mulec, Baylor's lone senior, leads the Bears into the NCAA Tournament.
May 6, 2003
WACO, Texas -
Women's Tennis Travels to North Carolina for NCAAs
No. 36 Bears take on No. 19 Clemson in first round
NCAA Tournament - 1st and 2nd Rounds
May 10-11 - Hosted by University of North Carolina
Cone-Henfield Tennis Center
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Baylor's women's tennis team is making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in eight years. The Bears had appeared in six straight before missing the tournament in 2002. Head coach Joey Scrivano, in his first season at the helm of the Baylor women's program, guided the team to its first-ever Big 12 Conference title in 2003. The Bears, currently ranked No. 36 nationally, completed league play with a 9-2 record. The Bears are 3-6 in NCAA Tournament play. Their best finish came in 2001 when they advanced to the round of 16 but were eliminated, 4-0, by defending national champion Georgia.
NCAA Tournament, 1st and 2nd rounds
Cone-Henfield Tennis Center - Chapel Hill, N.C.
Saturday, May 10
9 a.m. - #19 Clemson vs. #36 Baylor
1 p.m. - #11 North Carolina vs. College of Charleston
Sunday, May 11
Noon - winners of Saturday matches
All times listed as Central
Clemson - The 19th-ranked Clemson Tigers come into the match with Baylor sporting an 18-5 record ... They finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 7-1 mark ... This is the Tigers' 11th overall and third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships ... Head coach Nancy Harris is in her fifth season as Clemson's head coach ... Three members of the Clemson team will represent the Tigers at the 2003 NCAA Individual Singles and Doubles Championship. Julie Coin, ranked 19th by the ITA, and Alix Lacelarie, ranked No. 49, will compete in singles while Coin and Laurence Jayet will represent the Tigers in the doubles draw .. The tandem is currently ranked No. 27.
North Carolina - The 11th-ranked University of North Carolina Tar Heels are making their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Jen Callen ... They advanced to the quarterfinals last season before being eliminated by eventual champion Stanford ... The Tar Heels are led by seniors Kate Pinchbeck, 13th-ranked singles player in the country, and four-time All-ACC performer Marlene Mejia. The UNC doubles team of Aniela Mojzis and Kendall Cline is ranked seventh in the country ... UNC enters the tournament with a record of 17-8.
College of Charleston - The College of Charleston Cougars, currently ranked No. 72, enter the tournament with a record of 22-3 ... They were champions of the Southern Conference ... Head coach Angelo Anastopoulo's team won a school-record 19 consecutive matches this season, Anastopoulo is in his 12th season as the Cougar women's head coach ... This is the Cougar's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Baylor in the NCAA Tournament...
The Bears are 3-6 in NCAA Tournament play. Their highest finish was in 2001 when they reached the round of 16 but were eliminated, 4-0, by defending national champion Georgia.
Here's Baylor's women's NCAA Tournament breakdown:
First round - 2-4
Second round - 1-1
Round of 16 - 0-1
Quarterfinals - 0-0
Semifinals - 0-0
Finals - 0-0
First round - Lost to Texas A&M, 5-1
First round - Lost to Tennessee, 5-1
First round - Lost to LSU, 5-0
First round - Lost to Miami, 5-1
First round - Defeated Indiana, 5-1
Second round - Lost to Texas, 5-0
2001 - 15th seed - hosted first and second rounds
First round - Defeated UT-Arlington, 5-0
Second Round - Defeated Penn, 4-0
Round of 16 - Lost to Georgia, 4-0
First round - vs. #11 Clemson
-All but two of the Bears' matches have been against teams ranked in the top 75 nationally. In fact, 15 of their matches have been against teams ranked in the top 50.
-The women's tennis team is 26-10 in its two-year history at the Baylor Tennis Center.
- Daria Potapova was hot during the month of March . The sophomore was 9-0 during that stretch, she has posted a 3-3 mark since then.
- Daria Potapova is Baylor's lone 20-match winner so far this season with a 25-11 record. However, Vida Mulec and freshmen Izabela Mijic and Stephanie Balzert each have 19 wins.
-Senior Vida Mulec is 8-3 over her last 11 matches and 5-2 in her last seven matches.
-The tandem of Vida Mulec and Stephanie Balzert have been paired up in doubles since April 5th, they are 4-2 since then.
-Sophomore Barbora Blahutiakova has won 6-2 of her last eight matches at No. 6.
-The Bears have won the doubles point 11 times this season, they are 8-3 when winning doubles.