Gooooooooood morning, Baylor Nation!
Your regularly scheduled programming of Connersaurusrex is canceled because the man behind the screen name has three tests, so I'm coming out of DBR retirement to fill in.
Now, on to sports. Football is coming, but that's not until Saturday so we'll give Tennis its due today.
Neon Ball and Racket Sport
Women's Tennis is out in Las Vegas for the Red Rock Open. Senior Ema Burgic defeated world No. 181 Gioia Barbieri of Italy, 6-4, 6-0 yesterday. The tournament is an ITF (International Tennis Foundation) $50,000 Pro Circuit event, so none of the stats from this event count towards collegiate stats. Regardless, Burgic has now advanced to the round of 16 today, where she will face Protugal's Michelle Larcher De Brito, who is ranked No. 138 in the word. I'm not entirely sure what Burgic's ranking is, but Wikipedia says she is currently No. 745. If so, she is punching far above her ranking. Sic 'em, Ema!
Follow along @BaylorWTennis for live updates.
Men's Tennis is represented in Napa, California by junior Julian Lenz, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles main draw at the Napa Valley 50k Challenger by defeating No. 382 Daniel Nguyen of the USA 7-6(4), 6-2) yesterday.
The victory is Lenz's fifth victory in as many matches and days. The No. 1 player in the ITA rankings (not the same as ITF, which is world-wide), Lenz, has dominated his competition over the previous week. Lenz will rest up today before taking on No. 342 Jared Donaldson in the sweet 16 tomorrow.
Former Bear Jimmy Walker continues his great career as a professional golfer with his selection to the USA Ryder Cup team. This is a huge honor for the former Baylor standout. Go Team USA!
Soccer, Equestrian to Compete Tomorrow
Baylor Soccer opens up conference play at home against No. 18 Kansas. The Jayhawks cruised through their non-conference play, with the loan blemish coming against Marquette. The match will be a tough one for the Bears, but you can help by being there at 7:00 pm at Betty Lou Mays!
Equestrian opens up their season at the Willis Equestrian Center for a round-robin meet with No. 10 SMU, Fresno State, and UT Martin. Events begin at 10 am.
Breaking Madden Returns!
Teddy Bridgewater goes under the microscope in the latest post of Jon Bois' epic Breaking Madden series.