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Lady Bears defeat SMU

Feb. 23, 2001

Women's tennis hike their record to 8-2

JEFF PERCELL

Sports Editor

The No. 14-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (8-2) defeated No. 50-ranked Southern Methodist University (3-1) 5-2 Thursday to stretch their match win streak to four games. The victory also extended their home match win streak to 16 games.

Baylor started off on the right foot as they won the doubles point, taking two out of three doubles matches from the Mustangs.

After Karin Andersson and Frida Borjesson of Baylor defeated Kit Carson and Dee Dee Herring 8-4 and Nadia Vaughan and Sara Swaney of SMU defeated Paola Stephen and Jahnavi Parekh 8-2 in the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles slots, the air got a little tense. Katja Kovac and Vida Mulec fought a back and forth battle against Megan Russell and Chrissie Terril of SMU.

'We were expecting them to be very aggressive because last year when we played against them we lost,' Kovac said.

However, with the doubles point on the line, Kovac and Mulec kicked in at the end as they went from a 4-4 tie to win 8-5.

'They stayed focused; I mean, they stayed solid and basically got the point,' head Coach Dave Luedtke said. 'And that point was going to be huge.'

While that was a big point in the match, the match was not nailed down at that point. Kovac chalked up a relatively easy win in the No. 2 singles spot 6-1, 6-3, over Russell of SMU. The win advanced her into second place in career single wins in Baylor history, just seven out of first place.

Mulec defeated Patricia Ubeda-Diaz of SMU 6-4, 6-3 in the No.3 spot, while Andersson fell 6-4, 6-4 to Chrissie Terrill of SMU in the No. 4 spot. With the overall team score standing 3-1, Baylor needed just one more point to clinch the win.

That point would come in the No. 1 singles spot as No. 26-ranked Parekh of Baylor battled out the No. 10-ranked Herring.

'Jahnavi wanted that match,' Luedtke said. Well, Parekh sure proved how much she wanted it, as she knocked off Herring, 6-4, 6-4.

Parekh's victory clinched the match, as the team score stood 4-1.

To finish out the match, Kit Carson of SMU defeated Stephen 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 5 spot, and Borjesson of Baylor defeated Vaughan 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the No. 6 spot.

The Lady Bears will continue play against Texas Tech University Saturday at 10 a.m. at home, before going on a long break, as they do not compete until March 3 after their match on Saturday.

Coach Luedtke said that the break will be very useful.

'I think it's going to come at a good time, and I think they're gonna be well rested.'