Busy weekend awaits Bears tennis, XC, golf

By Laurean Love

Baylor fans have plenty to follow this weekend as several teams are in action: men’s tennis will be home Friday, Saturday and Sunday for their season opener in the HEB Invitational, women’s cross country competes Friday at the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster meet in Toledo, Ohio, and on Sunday and Monday, women’s golf will be at the Dick Maguire Invitational tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.

Men’s Tennis

Men’s tennis opens its season at the 11th-annual Baylor-HEB Invitational at the Hurd Tennis Center at 8 a.m. on Friday. There will be 16 schools at the tournament, which will include seven players that are currently ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s national preseason rankings.

There are several top-ranked players that will be at the tournament this weekend, which includes: Baylor’s Roberto Maytin ranked at No. 43, Oklahoma’s Costin Paval ranked at No. 17 and Rice’s Harry Fowler ranked at No. 41.

Baylor’s doubles team of Maytin and freshman Marco Krickovich are the tournament’s top-ranked at No. 23 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and Iowa’s Bruche and Will Casos follows at No. 41.

Another Baylor veteran, sophomore Robert Verzaal, will be the other veteran playing.

Four freshmen will play in their first collegiate tennis match this weekend. Mate Zsiga is ranked number three among freshman nationally. Lars Behlen, Robbie Korth, and Krickovic are the other freshman attending the tournament.

Maytin advanced to the tournament’s semifinals in sHayingles last year. Maytin also claimed the tournament’s doubles crown with John Peers.

Women’s Cross Country

Women’s cross country team will be in Toledo, Ohio on Friday for the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster meet.

The women’s top five runners have been resting the past two meets in preparation for this meet.

Senior Cate Westenhoven led the women’s team to a win at the Bear Twilight meet.

Following Westenhoven in the women’s top five at the Bear Twilight meet is freshmen Rachel Johnson, Bree Schrader and Erin Hegarty, as well as senior Kristen Hanselka.

The women’s team is up against some tough competitors with their host Toledo being nationally ranked at No. 29 and West Virginia at No. 19. While Arkansas and Baylor are ranked second and third in the South Central Region, Columbia is ranked third in the Northeast region, and Toledo, Ohio State and Eastern Michigan are third, fifth and 13th in the Great Lakes Region, West Virginia is fifth in the Mid-Atlantic and San Francisco is ranked fifth in the West Region.

The men’s team is taking the weekend off after competing the last three consecutive meets.

Women’s Golf

Women’s golf team will be at the Dick Maguire Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. on Sunday and Monday.

In their season opener, the Lady Bears finished sixth as a team, while freshman Hayley Davis led the team in her first collegiate tournament with a second place finish.

Senior Chelsey Cothran finished 17th and carded a team-best with nine birdies. Freshman Stani Schiavone and senior Valerie Sternebeck made their career-first collegiate appearances and tied for 33rd and 38th.

Senior Jaclyn Jansen tied for 56th overall.