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Lady netters drop 1 of 2 , men sweep 2

March 18, 2003

By Julie Huval

Even though the No. 42 Baylor women's tennis team went point for point with the No. 25 University of Illinois on Sunday the Lady Bears could not claim a victory.

The Lady Bears claimed the doubles point when doubles teams No. 2 and No. 3 defeated their opponents. The No. 1 duo of Alison Bradley, a Dallas junior, and Daria Potapova, a sophomore from Spain, lost 8-4 to the No. 19 doubles team in the nation. The No. 2 doubles team of Anna Moncolova, a junior from Slovakia, and Vida Mulec, a senior from Slovenia, beat Illinois 8-2. The No. 3 doubles team, Stephanie Balzert, a freshman from Germany, and Izabela Mijic, a freshman from Croatia, defeated their opponent 9-8(3).

Balzert and Mijic were the last to finish the doubles part of the match.

The only two Bears to capture singles wins were Mulec and Potapova. Mulec, No. 107 nationally, defeated No. 91 Tiffany Eklov of Illinois 6-3, 6-2. Potapova beat Eva Choe 6-4, 6-2.

The rest of the Lady Bears fought hard against Illinois. Moncolova played in the No. 1 spot and was defeated by No. 60 Jenny McGaffigan 6-2, 7-5. Eldina Fazlic defeated Balzert at the No. 3 spot taking her to three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Brianna Knue also beat Mijic in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Barbora Blahutiakova, a sophomore from Slovakia, was defeated by Michelle Webb 7-6(5), 6-2.

The women also played Pepperdine University on Thursday. The Lady Bears won their Malibu, Calif., road match 4-3.

The women are now 6-7 on the season.

The women continue their playing taking on Big 12 opponent The University of Texas at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Baylor Tennis Center.

The No. 4 men's tennis team easily defeated No. 72 University of Oklahoma on Saturday 7-0. In the Saturday match, only one singles match went into three sets before the Bears mauled the Sooners.

The Bears continued defeating Oklahoma teams through the weekend when No. 70 Oklahoma State University came to Waco on Sunday. The men defeated the Cowboys 7-0. The Bears move to 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference and 15-1 on the season.

Benjamin Becker, a sophomore from Germany, and Zoltan Papp, a senior from Hungary, the No. 1 doubles duo, put away their opponents with an 8-3 score. The No. 2 duo of Benedikt Dorsch, a sophomore from Germany, and Reiner Neurohr, a junior from Germany, lost to their OSU opponents 9-7. The No. 3 team of Ivor Lovrak, a freshman from Croatia, and Matias Marin, a junior from Argentina, defeated their opponent 8-6. Lovrak and Marin are ranked No. 35 nationally in doubles.

With the Bears capturing the doubles point, they only would need three singles matches to turn in their favor to capture the match. However, the Bears kept steam-rolling OSU.

No. 1 Dorsch defeated his opponent in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(6-2).

No. 89 Becker, playing the No. 2 spot, beat Yevgen Bondarchuk of OSU in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

No. 36 Papp, playing at No. 3 singles, was the third Bear to come off the court with a win of 6-3, 6-4 over Boris Kuharic.

No. 37 Marin also took his opponent to three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Neurohr, playing at the No. 5 singles position and ranked No. 86 nationally, topped his opponent 7-5, 6-4.

Lovrak, the first Bear to finish his singles match, easily defeated Jiri Spousta 6-1, 6-0.