May 6, 2004
WACO, Texas -
Baylor men's tennis players Benedikt Dorsch and Benjamin Becker and women's player Carolin Walter have been selected to compete in the singles portion of the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. Dorsch and Matija Zgaga will compete in the doubles bracket while Becker and Matias Marin are alternates.
With her selection to the singles portion of the NCAA Championships, Carolin Walter became the first Baylor freshman on the women's team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Jahnavi Parekh was the first Baylor woman selected for the tournament which she accomplished in 2000 when she was a junior. Parekh and Katja Kovac (a junior) were selected in 2001. Walter, ranked No. 50, has played at No. 1 all season for the Bears where she has produced a 25-10 season record, she is 14-9 in dual matches.
For the second straight year, Dorsch is the tournament's No. 2 seed, he falls in behind top-seeded Brian Wilson of defending national champion Illinois. Dorsch is ranked No. 2 in the latest ITA rankings and has amassed a season record of 31-6, is 21-5 in dual match action and has a nine-match win streak going. The junior was the NCAA Tournament's runner-up in singles last season when he fell to Illinois' Amer Delic in the finals. Becker, also a junior, qualified for the third straight year. He comes in this year as a 9-16 seed and is ranked No. 15 nationally with a 34-9 record overall and is 21-4 in dual match play. He lost in the round of 32 last season and in 2002.
In doubles, Dorsch and freshman Matija Zgaga were automatic qualifiers. The tandem is ranked No. 20 and has a record of 10-3. Becker and Marin are No. 3 on the alternate list, they are ranked No. 23 in the latest ITA rankings. The duo is 20-2 on the season,18-1 in dual matches and have won 14 consecutive contests.
The men's tournament is being hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The team portion runs from May 22-25 and the singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 26-31. On the women's side, singles and doubles championships will be held May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia.
For complete tournament selections please go to www.ncaachampionships.com