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BU tennis takes own tourney

Oct. 10, 2000

By AMETHYST HENSLEY

Sports Writer

The Baylor women's tennis team dominated its own tournament over the weekend, winning two of the five singles brackets and two of the three doubles brackets on the final day of the 2000 Baylor Tennis Classic.

'A fall tournament provides us an opportunity to compete and find out what we need to work on. It kind of serves as a measuring stick for the team,' head Coach Dave Luedtke said.

In 'A' singles, No. 13-ranked senior Jahnavi Parekh and No. 51-ranked junior Katja Kovac claimed the top two spots. The two elected not to play the final match because of the brutal weather.

Most fourth-round matches were not played because of weather, as the wind chill dropped the temperature into the mid 40s.

'We all did very well considering the weather,' Kovac said. 'It was a constant battle against the wind and cold.'

Sophomore Monica Gonzalez took the 'C' singles bracket, defeating Texas Tech University's Noel Ruiz 6-3, 6-1 in the final.

'I started nervous but it got better as I played more,' Gonzalez said. 'By the last match I felt really good.'

Baylor's team of Kovac and Parekh won the 'A' doubles bracket against the University of Texas-Arlington's Marketa Cizova and Lisa Jackson. The Baylor duo came back from down 5-1 and survived three match points to capture the win, 9-8.

Gonzalez and freshman Alison Bradley had an easier time for the Bears, winning 8-2 in the 'C' doubles bracket.

A casual atmosphere surrounded the chilly tournament as fellow teammates cheered for their representatives amid blankets and big jackets.

'It came down to who was tougher mentally in the weather,' Luedtke said. 'You have to move your feet and get in a solid position. The cold can make you tighten up so you have to keep moving and stay loose.'