March 17, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Sophomore Jenny Kuhn rallied from a set down and a 5-2 deficit in the second to take a thrilling three-set match on court two to give the Tulane women's tennis team a 4-2 win over Baylor at the Goldring Tennis Center on Wednesday.
Tulane won its fourth straight, all against ranked foes, to improve to 13-1 overall. The Green Wave, ranked 17th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, are now 8-1 against ranked opponents this year and 9-0 in matches played at the Goldring Tennis Center. Baylor, ranked 41st by the ITA, falls to 5-8 overall, snapping a three-match win streak.
"This was a very good team win against a strong Baylor squad," Tulane head coach David Schumacher said. "I thought Jenny did a great job of keeping her poise out there in the second and third sets and gave us a big win at No. 2."
Singles was played first, due to Baylor's travel schedule, and the Green Wave wasted little time in racing out to a 3-0 lead in the team score. Freshman Darya Ivanov, ranked 65th in singles by the ITA, put Tulane up 1-0 with her 6-1, 6-1 win over Klara Zrustova at No. 4 singles. Green Wave freshman Dorottya Magas increased the lead to 2-0 when she closed out her 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Stephanie Balzert on court three. Nancy Kockott added a third straight-set win for Tulane, holding off Daria Potapova, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 5 singles to give Tulane the 3-0 advantage.
But Baylor remained in contention, taking the first sets on courts one, two and six. The Bears earned their first team point with Iva Mihaylova's 6-0, 7-6 win over Tulane's 44th-ranked Erika Valdes at the No. 6 spot. Maria Ivanov fought back to take her second set on court one, but Baylor's Carolin Walter, ranked 38th in singles, claimed the third for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win to bring Baylor to within 3-2.
Once the dual match win had been decided, the scheduled doubles matches were cancelled due to Baylor's flight arrangements.
The Green Wave will next hit the road for four straight matches away from New Orleans, beginning with a Sunday tilt against Tulsa.
No. 17 Tulane 4, No. 41 Baylor 2
1) #38 Carolin Walter (Baylor) def. Maria Ivanov (Tulane), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
2) Jenny Kuhn (Tulane) def. Daniela Covello (Baylor), 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
3) Dorottya Magas (Tulane) def. Stephanie Balzert (Baylor), 6-3, 6-4
4) #65 Darya Ivanov (Tulane) def. Klara Zrustova (Baylor) 6-1, 6-1
5) Nancy Kockott (Tulane) def. Daria Potapova (Baylor), 6-2, 7-5
6) Iva Mihaylova (Baylor) def. #44 Erika Valdes (Tulane), 6-0, 7-6
No doubles played due to Baylor's travel schedule