Netters Breeze Through Invitational's First Day

Sept. 15, 2006

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WACO, Texas - Baylor's women's tennis team made an impressive showing during the first day of the 11th annual Baylor Fall Invitational hosted on Baylor campus through Sun., Sept. 17. The Bears have five singles players and four doubles pairs still alive in the top main draw. Saturday's schedule begins at 8:00 a.m. with all doubles matches either being played at the Baylor Tennis Center or Streich courts next door.

"We are really pleased with our student-athletes. Our newcomers played hard and put themselves in positions to win which is all you can do. It's still so early for them and they have only just begun to learn and implement our system. This tournament is a great way for them to get experience and grow. We're proud of the way they played today," said head coach Joey Scrivano.

Four veterans and one newcomer advanced through the singles Gold Draw, the tournament's top bracket. Top-seeded Zuzana Zemenova, No. 2 Zuzana Cerna, No. 3 Klara Zrustova, No. 5 Iva Mihaylova, and Lenka Broosova play Saturday in the quarterfinals. In the next round, No. 2 Cerna is the only Bear who will face another seeded opponent, No. 7 Natalia Bubien (SMU).

Zuzana Chmelarova tallied her first collegiate upset when she defeated eighth-seeded Irina Sotnikova (Sam Houston State) 6-2, 7-5 in the Gold Draw's round of 32. The freshman netter battled TCU's Kewa Nichols in the round of 16 but lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Jessica Zok and Jana Bielikova also played in the Gold Draw but fell in the first round. In the singles Gold Consolation draw, Zok and Bielikova advanced through the round of 16 and play Saturday in the quarterfinals. Returner Sammi Gottlich was defeated early in the White main draw and consolation.

In doubles action Baylor's four Gold Draw teams beat their opposition in the round of 16 and play Saturday in the quarterfinals. The Bears pairings are as follows (the numbers indicate tournament seeding): No. 2 Cerna/Broosova, No. 4 Zrustova/Chmelarova, Zemenova/Zok, and Mihaylova/Bielikova. Gottlich also participated in doubles paired with Lamar's Manami Kuroda. The pair was defeated in the White Draw's round of 16 by Sarah Drummond and Sandra Vucic from Abilene Christian.

Full Baylor and tournament results are posted on Baylor's athletic website at

Baylor Fall Invitational
Baylor University - Waco, Texas
Sept. 15-17, 2006

2006 Baylor Fall Invitational Results 

Baylor's Results
Fri., Sept. 15, 2006

Gold Draw - Round of 16
Iva Mihaylova / Jana Bielikova (BU) def. Anne Carter / Chelsea Orr (OU) 8-6
#4 Klara Zrustova / Zuzana Chmelarova (BU) def. Pavi Francis / Kristen Reid (SMU) 8-3
Zuzana Zemenova / Jessica Zok (BU) def. Alanna Rodgers / Julie Chao (Rice) 8-0
#2 Zuzana Cerna / Lenka Broosova (BU) - BYE

White Draw - Round of 16
Sarah Drummond / Sandra Vucic (ACU) def. Sammi Gottlich (BU) / Manami Kuroda (Lamar) 8-5

Gold Draw - Round of 32
#1 Zuzana Zemenova (BU) def. Kindsay Grimes (Tulsa) 2-6, 6-1, 1-0(5)
Zuzana Chmelarova (BU) def. #8 Irina Sotnikova (SHSU) 6-2, 7-5
#5 Iva Mihaylova (BU) def. Irene Squillaci (ACU) 6-1, 6-3
Lenka Broosova (BU) def. Pavi Francis (SMU) 7-6(5), 6-3
Carla Zabaleta (Tulsa) def. Jessica Zok (BU) 3-6, 7-6(7), 1-0(4)
#3 Klara Zrustova (BU) def. Carina Lazar (Wyoming) 6-2, 6-2
Karine Ionesco (TCU) def. Jana Bielikova (BU) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(6)
#2 Zuzana Cerna (BU) def. Simri van Rooyen (UTA) 6-0, 6-3

Gold Draw - Round of 16
#1 Zuzana Zemenova (BU) def. Monika Peciulionyte (UTA) 7-5, 6-2
Kewa Nichols (TCU) def. Zuzana Chmelarova (BU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
#5 Iva Mihaylova (BU) def. Christi Baxley (OU) 6-3, 6-1
Lenka Broosova (BU) def. #4 Anna Sydorska (TCU) 6-2, 4-1 (ret. - inj.)
#3 Klara Zrustova (BU) def. Natalie Araya (Lee) 6-3, 6-1
#2 Zuzana Cerna (BU) def. Janet Durham (TT) 6-1, 6-1

Gold Consolation - Round of 16
Jessica Zok (BU) def. #8 Andrea Martinez (Lamar) 6-2, 6-1
Jana Bielikova (BU) def. Christine Dao (Rice) 6-2, 0-6, 1-0(0)

White Draw - Round of 32
Sandra Vucic (ACU) def. Sammi Gottlich (BU) 6-1, 6-0

White Consolation - Round of 16
Marissa Brown (UTA) def. Sammi Gottlich 3-6, 6-1, 1-0(4)

Baylor's Schedule
Sat., Sept. 16, 2006
8:00 a.m. start

Gold Draw - Quarterfinals
#1 Anna Sydorska / Ana Cetnik (TCU) vs. Iva Mihaylova/ Jana Bielikova (BU)
Carla Zabaleta / Kindsay Grimes (Tulsa) vs. #4 Klara Zrustova/ Zuzana Chmelarova (BU)
#3 Janet Durham / Lakann Wagley (TT) vs. Zuzana Zemenova / Jessica Zok (BU)
Natalia Bubien / Claire Rietsch (SMU) vs. #2 Zuzana Cerna / Lenka Broosova (BU)

Gold Draw - Quarterfinals
#1 Zuzana Zemenova (BU) vs. Kewa Nichols (TCU)
#5 Iva Mihaylova (BU) vs. Lanka Broosova (BU)
Monica Purice (OU) vs. #3 Klara Zrustova (BU)
#7 Natalia Bubien (SMU) vs. #2 Zuzana Cerna (BU)

Gold Consolation - Quarterfinals
Jessica Zok (BU) vs. Corina Lazar (Wyoming)
Jana Bielikova (BU) vs. Simri van Rooyen (UTA)



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