Lady Bear tennis swinging strongly, but challenges still to be faced from SWTMarch 19, 1997
By Jeff Huett
Assistant City Editor/Sports
Despite beginning the season with a 22 record after losses at the University of Houston and at home against the University of Arkansas, the Baylor women's tennis team has won five straight matches, improving its record to 72.
The Lady Bears upset No. 21-ranked Kansas Friday and then defeated the University of Missouri Saturday.
'I've never had a team play as well as we're playing right now,' Luedtke said. 'If we can keep this pace, there is no telling what we can accomplish by the end of the season.'
With the addition of Barbara Navarro, a Valencia, Spain, sophomore, the Lady Bears added additional depth to their team.
'I am really excited just to be playing,' said Navarro. 'And I'm even more excited about playing here at Baylor.'
Navarro is 20 on the season, defeating her opponents by scores of 60, 61 and 60, 60 in the No. 3 slot.
The season does not get any easier for the Lady Bears as the Southwest Texas State University team comes today at 12:30 p.m. to the Streich Tennis Center.
Next, the Lady Bears host No. 5-ranked Texas at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Streich Tennis Center.
Texas has defeated six Top 20-teams including No. 2 Stanford University, No. 3 Duke University , and No. 12 University of Georgia.
'Texas is a team that has a tremendous amount of respect on the national level,' Luedtke said. 'That in itself is enough to motivate our players.'
'After our performance over spring break, we have a lot more confidence,' Julie Hamilton, a Plano senior. 'We started out a little later than other teams and it has taken some time to get in the groove.'
The match against Southwest Texas State University was originally scheduled to be the Lady Bears' second spring match of the season on Feb. 12 , but it was canceled due to inclement weather.
The match against the University of Texas was rescheduled from Feb. 25 also because of rain.
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