Zana Zlebnik is named Big 12 Women's Tennis Player of the Month|
March 13, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech freshman Zana Zlebnik was named the first-ever Big 12 Women's Tennis Player of the Month, the Big 12 Conference announced Friday.
Zlebnik, who is now ranked No. 40 in the nation, finished the month with a 6-0 No. 1 singles record and 4-0 in Big 12 Conference play. In addition, she was undefeated at 6-0 with teammate sophomore Amanda Earhartat No. 1 doubles before nominations for the award were sent out. She is currently 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Big 12 and is off to one of the best-ever season starts for a Texas Tech women's tennis player. Earhart and Zlebnik are currently 7-1 (4-1 Big 12) as a doubles team and are ranked No. 49 nationally.
Zlebnik, who hails from Maribor, Slovenia, has already defeated two of the better No. 1 singles players in the conference including Baylor's Barbara Navarro (6-0, 7-5) who is ranked No. 18 nationally and Oklahoma State's Raluca Gheorghe (6-0, 6-7, 6-2) who was ranked No. 30 in the nation.
"Zana's playing absolutely outstanding right now," Texas Tech Director of Tennis Tim Siegel said. "She's done everything that you could possibly ask for in a No. 1 singles player. She's beaten ranked players, she's won close matches and she's a great team player. She's done everything I can ask for in a player and the incredible thing is, she's only a freshman."
Zlebnik and her Texas Tech teammates take on Texas A&M today (Friday, March 13) at 1 p.m. today at Lubbock's Municipal Tennis Complex, located near the corner of 66th and Indiana Ave. in Lubbock. Tomorrow, the Red Raiders take on Kansas State.