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Nov. 9, 1997

Texas Tech's Zlebnik defeated in Rolex women's tennis regional semifinal

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Tech women's tennis player Zana Zlebnik was defeated in the semifinals of the 1997 ITA Rolex Southwest Regional Tournament by No. 2 seed Barbara Navarro of Baylor 6-2, 6-1 Saturday at the University of Texas in Austin.

Zlebnik, a 6-foot freshman from Maribor, Slovenia, won four singles matches en route to her first American semifinal match before losing the 6-2, 6-1 contest to Navarro. Navarro went on to win the championship in her next match, a 6-1, 6-0 victory against UTEP's Tonja Magoc. Zlebnik ends her first fall tournament season with a 7-4 singles record.

The Rolex competition included the top-64 singles players in the Southwest region.

The Texas Tech women's tennis team is back in action in February for the start of the 1998 spring season.

ZLEBNIK'S ROUTE TO THE ITA ROLEX FINAL FOUR (competition included 64 players) 
Round One: Zana Zlebnik (TTU) def. Asa Persson (New Orleans) 6-0, 6-1
Round Two: Zana Zlebnik (TTU) def. Michelle Faucher (Texas) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 
Round Three: Zana Zlebnik (TTU) def. Brandy Brown (Arkansas) 7-5, 6-4 
Round Four: (Final Eight): Zana Zlebnik (TTU) def. Suzanne Andersson (Houston) 6-3, 6-3
Semifinal Match: Barbara Navarro (Baylor) def. Zana Zlebnik (TTU) 6-2, 6-1 
Navarro went on to win the championship against Tonja Magoc (UTEP), 6-1, 6-0 

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