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Women's tennis ups unbeaten record to 4

Feb. 6, 2001

Lady Bears get 2 more wins during weekend action

By AMETHYST HENSLEY

Sports writer

The No. 18-ranked women's tennis team is on a roll with four straight wins and no end to the streak in sight. The Lady Bears beat No. 29-ranked Texas Christian University 6-1 Monday at the Marrs McLean Tennis Courts and swept both the University of Missouri and Abilene Christian University in a doubleheader Saturday at the Streich Tennis Courts.

The Lady Bears (4-0) have won 11 of 12 doubles matches and 23 of 24 singles matches this season, including all six singles matches and three doubles matches against ACU (3-2).

'It [the doubleheader] was tough,' Paola Stephen said. 'It was a long day, but we played really well. We were pumped for the first match and that helped for the afternoon.'

Baylor's Monday loss came at No. 4 singles, where TCU's Saber Pierce out-battled Karin Andersson to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. The loss made Monday's match the first non-sweep of the year for Baylor.

Baylor's only dropped weekend match came during the No. 3 doubles against the Tigers. The Missouri team of Caitlin Thompson and Cassie Drake came from behind to win their fourth match of the year.

Baylor began its Big 12 Conference season Saturday by snapping Missouri's five-game winning streak and leaving the Tigers record marred at 5-1. The 5-0 start for Missouri was the team's best-ever opening to a season.

'Missouri's a good team,' Jahnavi Parekh said. 'They're much better [than in the past]. They have a couple of new kids, but everyone did their job.'

Following the first win, Baylor continued excellent play by beating ACU 7-0. ACU came into the match ranked No. 5 nationally in Division II.

Monday's match gave Andersson a doubles win that moved her into fifth place in school history for career doubles wins with 60, one behind fourth-place Melissa Castro.

The TCU match also provided Katja Kovac with her 13th win in her last 14 matches and tied her with Castro for third in program history in career singles wins.

She saw her 11-match win streak stopped Friday at the Rolex Indoors against No. 1-ranked Laura Granville of Stanford.

The next action for the Lady Bears comes Saturday as Baylor travels to Athens, Ga., to take on the No. 2-ranked University of Georgia.

'Georgia is a big one,' Stephen said. 'We're already pumped up for that one. We think that's at our level.'