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Women's tennis team wins 1st match

Jan. 30, 2001

Coaches, players say they like new NCCA format

By JAMES GIBBy

Reporter

The No. 18-ranked Baylor women's tennis team shut out the University of Louisiana-Monroe 7-0 Sunday in Dallas.

The Lady Bears were unaffected by a rain delay that moved the match to the indoor courts at Brookhaven Country Club after rain in Waco halted play for most of the weekend.

The Lady Bears dominated ULM in the doubles round. Baylor's Katja Kovac and Vida Mulec defeated Matilde Taborda and Kaori Tanabe 8-1, and Monica Gonzalez and Jahnavi Parekh beat ULM's Karolina Souza and Melissa Vujovich 8-3.

Karin Andersson and Frida Borjesson won their doubles match 8-3. The win was Andersson's 57th career doubles win, good for fifth highest in team history.

In singles, the Lady Bears repeated their success, sweeping all six matches and winning 72 of 83 games.

Kovac, the No. 35-ranked player in the country, won her match against Tanabe 6-0, 6-1, to secure her career high 10th straight victory. The record for consecutive wins by a Baylor women's player is 13, held by Andersson.

'The first match of the season is always tough, but it felt good to start with a win,' Kovac said.

Baylor's No.18-ranked Parekh bested Taborda 6-1, 6-3, while No. 41-ranked Mulec overcame Yenyk 6-2, 6-0.

Andersson routed Vujovich 6-2, 6-0, and Baylor's Paola Stephen defeated Souza 6-1, 6-1. Borjesson won over Perovic 6-0, 6-0.

The Baylor women were playing their first match under a new format adopted by the NCAA for the 2001 season. The new format makes matches faster by having doubles play first and is favored by players and coaches.

'The main thing was to get used to the format, and I don't think that was a problem for anyone,' head Coach David Luedtke said.

Kovac and Parekh will compete Thursday at the 2001 Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Dallas at Brookhaven Country Club.