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Men's tennis wins 2, women's drop 2

March 4, 2003

By Lacy Elwood

The Baylor men's and women's tennis teams both played doubleheaders this weekend. The men's team came out victorious in both matches, while the women's team dropped two to the University of Arizona and Florida State University.

In Friday's match with No. 24 Arizona, the women's team fell early to the Wildcats in doubles and the Bears never recovered in singles action. Although the duo of Vida Mulec, a senior from Slovenia, and Anna Moncolova, a junior from Slovakia, won its doubles match, Arizona claimed the other two matches to take the doubles point.

In singles, Barbora Blahutiakova, a sophomore from Slovakia, picked up the only point for the Bears, defeating Kristy Randono in the No. 6 spot. The Wildcats, however, swept the remaining five matches for the 6-1 win.

'It's disappointing because we are right on the crest of breaking through,' head coach Joey Scrivano said on Friday. 'Details are killing us, and we have got to make adjustments in these small areas if we want to break through.'

In the women's second match of the weekend, the Bears lost a close 4-3 match to the No. 58 Seminoles. After losing all three doubles matches, Baylor rallied in singles action to defeat FSU in the No. 2, 4 and 5 spots. Junior Izabela Mijic, a native of Croatia, rebounded from her loss on Friday to defeat Amberly Tantee 6-2, 6-1. Daria Potapova, a sophomore from Spain, and Moncolova also picked up singles points for Baylor. Despite the Bears' winning efforts, FSU picked up the other three singles points for the 4-3 victory.

'We've got to forget about this weekend because we have two huge matches this week,' Scrivano said. 'We have some big opportunities coming up, and if we capitalize then good things will happen.'

The No. 4 Baylor men's team faced No. 13 University of Minnesota and No. 59 Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Bears defeated the Gophers on Saturday 6-1 and added another win to their record. The men also had a clean sweep of Middle Tennessee 7-0 on Sunday. Baylor's overall record moved to 11-1 with this weekend's results.

In Saturday's match, Baylor got the doubles point after winning two of three matches. In singles action, the Bears defeated the Gophers in all but one match. Sophomore Benjamin Becker, junior Reiner Neurohr and sophomore Benedikt Dorsch, all from Germany, were the first to finish. The last point for Baylor came from Ivor Lovrak, a freshman from Croatia, in his 6-2, 6-2 win.

In Sunday's doubles' competition, the Bears' allowed only one loss. Middle Tennessee juniors Trevor Short and Michael Staniak defeated Dorsch and New Braunfels freshman Jason Gould 9-7.

The Bears swept the singles' competition, winning all six matches. Baylor's No. 51 Zoltan Papp, a senior from Hungary, upset No. 4 Daniel Klemetz 6-2, 6-3.

The men's team travels to the University of Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers on Friday. The women's home match against The University of Texas, scheduled for Thursday, has been moved to March 19.