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Women+s tennis struck down by UT

March 21, 1997

Women's tennis struck down by UT

By Jeff Huett

Assistant City Editor/Sports

The Baylor women's tennis team had a streak of five wins in a row going into the match against No. 5 University of Texas, but the Bears were beaten 6­3 Thursday, dropping their record to 8­3 on the season.

The Bears struggled through the six singles matches, managing to win only one. Vanessa Abel, a Tucson, Ariz., freshman, posted the, 6­3, 6­3, win over Farley Taylor, who is an All-American. Taylor has been ranked in the top 10 in the country.

'I was really relaxed today,' Abel said. 'I guess being only a freshman, I didn't get nervous over playing No. 5 Texas.'

Abel teamed up with Carolyn McGrath, a Cornwall, N.Y., senior, to beat the University of Texas duo of Sureephong and Berendt. Despite losing three match points with the score 7­6 in Baylor's favor, the combination came back to win the match 9­8. The match was won in a tie-break 7­2.

'I've come really close to winning my matches against Texas, but I never could do it,' McGrath said. 'I finally did it.'

The other Baylor doubles win came in the combination of Lauren Spears, a Chillicothe sophomore, and Barbara Navarro, a recent transfer from Alicante, Spain. The team aced their competition, 8­0.

'Texas is a strong team and they are ranked accordingly, but I can't say enough about our team,' head tennis coach Dave Luedtke said. 'We can pull a lot of momentum out of this match, especially as well as our doubles teams played.'

The Bears host the Kansas State University team at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Streich Tennis Courts preceding the men's tennis match against Oklahoma State University that will begin at 1:30 p.m.

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