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Tennis takes singles in Florida

Nov. 2, 2004

By EMILEE ELLIS, reporter

Two Baylor women's tennis players participated in the Lady Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, Fla. over the weekend. Sophomore Zuzana Cerna won the Flight No. 2 championships and sophomore Klara Zrustova earned third place in the Flight No. 1 division. Both women teamed up to earn a second place finish in the Flight No. 1 doubles division.

Cerna and Zrustova participated in the tournament with players from host team Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Central Florida, Stetson University, University of Virginia, Temple University, University of South Florida, Bethune Cookman College, Florida A&M University and Jacksonville State University.

Sophomore Zuzana Cerna won the Flight No. 2 championship at the Lady Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, Fla.
Cerna earned the championship win with a 3-0 record. She defeated each of her opponents in two-set matches.

No opponent scored more than four points on Cerna during the tournament.

Georgia Tech's Alison Silverio was the first to fall to Cerna in round one of the tournament. Cerna won the match 6-1, 6-3.

In second round action, Cerna defeated Central Florida's Pamela Fernandez 6-4, 6-1.

Cerna then defeated Florida State's Lindsay Deason to earn the title.

She won the match 6-2, 6-4.

According to head Coach Joey Scrivano, the win is Cerna's first singles tournament win at Baylor.

"[The win is a] good confidence boost for her [Cerna]," Scrivano said. "She has lost some tough three-set matches, so for her to put together a win is good news."

Baylor's other participant in the tournament, Zrustova, earned her third place finish by winning two of her three matches.

In two of the matches, she came back from a first-set loss, defeating her opponents by winning the next two sets.

Marta Bechliwanis of Virginia defeated Zrustova 4-6 in the first set, but Zrustova rallied in the next two sets to take the match 6-0, 6-2.

In her second match, Zrustova faced 55-ranked Kelly Anderson of Georgia Tech.

Zrustova won the first set 6-3, but fell in the next two sets 3-6, 2-6.

Anderson went on to win the championship in Flight No. 1.

"She [Zrustova] was playing against No. 1 players, and the finish is solid on her part," Scrivano said. "She is proving she can play with any player in the country."

Aside of playing in the singles tournament, Cerna and Zrustova teamed together to play in the Flight No. 1 doubles tournament.

The two players defeated Stetson's Milica Milovanovic and Maja Miladinovic 8-4 in the first round, and defeated Liz Cruz and Fabiana Taverna of South Florida 8-2 in round two.

In the championship match, they lost 6-8 against Kelly Anderson and Esther Van Londen, who took the title for Georgia Tech.

Scrivano said the match was the first for the women to play in together, and it is nice they were able to put that kind of performance together.

Members of the team return to action next weekend.

Cerna and Daniela Covello will compete in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at the University of Michigan.