Sept. 11, 2012
WACO, Texas - A total of 10 teams that finished in the top-25 last season, plus a trip to defending NCAA champion Florida highlight the 2012-13 Baylor women's tennis schedule, announced by head coach Joey Scrivano on Tuesday.
"Anybody that's had a sneak peek at our schedule has said that I'm crazy to put that schedule together with a young team, but my philosophy has never changed," Scrivano said. "I just believe that student-athletes rise to the expectations, and we have extremely high expectations. The schedule on the surface looks extremely challenging, but in reality I believe in this team. I believe that we will rise to it and have a great year."
Fall tournament play kicks off with the Midland Invitational from Sept. 14-16 followed by the Riviera/ITA All American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which runs Sept. 29-Oct. 7.
Waco will serve as a host site for the USTA/ITA Regional Championships, Oct. 19-23. The players advancing from the regional will compete at the ITA National Indoor Championships in New York on Nov. 8-11, while the rest of the team travels to the Jack Kramer Club Invite in Rolling Hills, Calif.
To open the spring season, the Lady Bears will host Auburn, Stephen F. Austin and Houston, Jan. 18-20, for the HEB Invitational. On each day of the three-day event, BU will play one team in singles and then another team in doubles.
The following weekend, Jan. 26-27, Baylor will open dual-match play by hosting the ITA National Indoor Qualifier, with the top team advancing to be ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 8-11. The Lady Bears will open up by playing No. 4 seed Florida State, while No. 2 Texas Tech and No. 3 Rice will play on the other side of the bracket.
BU finishes out the month with a home match against LSU on Jan. 30, followed by a road trip to Gainesville, Fla., to face the defending NCAA champion Florida Gators on Feb. 2.
The Lady Bears continue their season by facing a string of ranked opponents from last season's final poll, starting with Vanderbilt and Pepperdine at home on Feb. 16 and 17, respectively. The team will then head on the road for five matches from Feb. 22-March 10, taking on five opponents that were all ranked in the top-25 to end last year (Notre Dame, Northwestern, Texas A&M, Clemson and North Carolina). The Lady Bears will return home for one more non-conference match against Virginia on March 12, before Big 12 play starts.
Baylor begins its Big 12 slate on the road in Ames, Iowa on March 15 against Iowa State, and follows that with a matchup versus Big 12 newcomer West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va. on March 17. Non-conference play ends with tilts against Miami and Texas A&M at home on March 23 and April 3, respectively. A home conference match with TCU on March 27 is sandwiched between those two non-league foes.
The squad is set to close out the regular season with a six-match Big 12 stretch, beginning with matches at the Hurd Tennis Center versus Kansas (April 5) and Kansas State (April 7). Bu then travels north to Oklahoma to play contests against Oklahoma (April 13) and Oklahoma State (April 14). The last two matches of the conference season including a home date versus last season's Big 12 Championship winner Texas on March 19 and a road contest at defending conference regular-season champion Texas Tech on April 21.
The postseason begins with the Big 12 Championships from April 25-28 in Norman, Okla., followed by the NCAA First and Second Rounds at selected campus sites from May 10-12. The NCAA Team and Individual Championships are slated for May 16-27 in Champagne, Ill., to conclude the year.
Baylor put together a 25-8 record in 2011, marking the eighth consecutive season with at least 20 wins. The Lady Bears have reached at least the NCAA Quarterfinals in five straight seasons and the finals site in seven straight seasons.