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Women's soccer receives Big 12 tournament bid

Nov. 10, 1998

From Staff Reports

Women's soccer loses to Missouri 2-3

The Baylor women's soccer team, which won the regular-season Big 12 Conference championship before being knocked off in the second round of the Big 12 tournament, was granted a NCAA tournament bid this weekend. The Bears were given a first-round bye and will face the winner of the match between Evansville and Northwestern.

Baylor was defeated by Missouri Friday evening 3-2 in their first game of the Big 12 tournament, despite outshooting the Tigers 23 to 9. The two Bear goals were scored by Molly Cameron and Gina Castellano. Missouri then went on to lose to Nebraska in the championship game.

Evansville is 15-5-2 and won the Missouri Valley Conference to receive an automatic bid. Northwestern finished at 14-4-1. Baylor will host their game against the winner of the two teams at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Baylor Soccer Complex. The Bears are 8-0 this season in Waco, including a 1-0 win over Nebraska to win the regular-season conference title.

The winner of the Evansville-Northwestern-Baylor bracket will face the winner of the Radford-James Madison-Florida bracket the weekend of Nov. 21 at a site to be determined later. Florida is ranked No. 2 in the nation at 21-1.

Men's Golf Finishes 6th

at SFA-Crown Classic

In the final action of the fall season, the Baylor men's golf team ended play in sixth place at the Stephen F. Austin-Crown Classic at the Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin. The Bears were third after the first round, but fell to sixth despite improving their score in each of the three rounds. Baylor shot 308 in the opening round, then improved to 305 in the second round and 297 in the third round for a total of 910.

The University of Tennessee Volunteers won the event, shooting a 28-over-par 892. Tennessee was followed by the University of Texas at Arlington with 895, the University of North Texas at 900, and Texas Tech and Sam Houston State, who tied at 908.

Sam Houston State's Brandt Kieschnick won his second straight tourney, shooting a one-under-par 215 for the weekend. He shot a tournament-low 140 over the last two rounds. The top finisher for the Bears was Corey Brigham, who shot a seven-over-par 223 to finish tied for ninth. Other top-30 finishers for Baylor were Jimmy Walker, 24th at 80-73-76--229, and Troy Caesar, 28th at 79-78-73--220.

The Baylor team will next see action when the spring season starts Feb. 15 at the Southwest Texas State Invitational in Austin.

Freshman leads

women's tennis tourney

In action at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Rolex Tournament in Austin, Baylor freshman Katja Kovac reached the quarterfinals before being defeated by Tara Reid of the University of Arkansas, 6-4,6-4. Prior to her defeat, Kovac had knocked off three consecutive opponents on Thursday and Friday.

On her way to the quarters, Kovac defeated Lindsey Bruce of Southern Methodist (6-2, 6-0), Laura Berendt of the University of Texas (2-6, 6-4, 7-6) and Dee Dee Herring of Texas Christian (6-2, 7-5). Kovac was the tournament's No. 3 seed, granting her a first-round bye.

Also notable for the Bears was Karin Andersson, who reached the round of 32 by defeating Whitney Gilliam of the University of Texas-Arlington, 6-2,6-1, and Mandy Rice of Louisiana State 6-1,6-1. In doubles action, the team of Kovac and Andersson won two matches before falling in the Round of 16.

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