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Tennis players ranked in top 100

Sept. 5, 2003

By Whitney Long, reporter

Four of the Baylor men's tennis players ranked in the top 100 in the nation according to preseason collegiate rankings released Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Junior All-American Benedikt Dorsch, from Germany, is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation. He received 1,000 votes from the ITA National Ranking Committee to secure his top position.

Dorsch was runner-up at the NCAA Singles Championships for the 2003 spring season, finishing No. 3 with a 49-6 record.

Last season, the 2003 Player of the Year was ranked No. 1 five weeks in a row. He is the first Baylor player ever to gain a No. 1 spot.

Among the other Bears making the national top 100 list are junior Benjamin Becker from Germany, sophomore Ivor Lovrak from Croatia and newcomer, freshman Matija Zgaga from Slovenia.

Becker is ranked No. 17 following a 30-8 record last season. Lovrak has the No. 68 position with a 38-7 record from the spring season, and Zgaga is ranked No. 100.

Doubles teammates Dorsch and Becker are ranked No. 10 nationally as well.

Under the leadership of coach Matt Knoll, the Bears came in No. 4 in the nation for the 2003 spring season. The team has two newcomers, including Zgaga and freshman John Rekeway from Lincoln, Neb.

The Bears kick off the fall season Sept. 12 in Mandeville, La. Their next home match will be Sept. 26 at the Baylor University Intercollegiate tournament.