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Lady Bears tennis finish regular season 14-5, awarded No. 2 seed at Big 12 Tournament

April 23, 1997

Jennifer Paschall/The Baylor Lariat

Vanessa Abel, a Tucson, Ariz., freshman, slams the ball during a women's tennis practice Tuesday afternoon. They will play the winner of the Okla. State/ Kansas St. match on Friday.

By Jeff Huett

Assistant City Editor/ Sports

Just two days after finishing the regular season with a 7­2 whipping of Oklahoma State University, the Lady Bear tennis team received the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament to be held Thursday through Sunday in Austin.

Baylor completed the regular season with a 14­5 record and a 9­2 , mark in the Big 12. In getting the No. 2 seed, Baylor jumped ahead of No. 3 seed Texas A&M, who had beaten the Bears, 6­3, in their previous meeting.

The first four seeds in the tournament--The University of Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M and the University of Kansas -- will receive first round byes.

'I think we can go into the Big 12 tournament and win it,' Barbara Navarro, an Alicante, Spain, sophomore said. 'Throughout the whole season, we have been a real consistent team, even if we had two or three losses in a row.'

Since gaining eligibility in the Bears' seventh match of the season, Navarro has stormed out to an 11­1 record at the No. 1 position. Her only loss on the season was to nationally-ranked Laura Brendt of University of Texas.

Baylor will start tournament action Friday, against the winner of the seventh seed Oklahoma State University and tenth seed Kansas State University. Baylor has defeated both teams previously this season. The Bears beat Kansas State, 8­1, and Oklahoma in its final match.

A win in the first round would set-up a second round rematch with Texas A&M.

'The kids set the goals for the season in January ,' head coach David Luedtke said. 'The first goal was to finish in the top 3 in the conference and get a bye. Now we have re-established our goals for this weekend to include playing one match at a time.'

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