Zana Zlebnik Selected for NCAA Women's Tennis Individual Championships|
May 8, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech freshman tennis player Zana Zlebnik was selected to compete in the 1998 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Individuals Championships in South Bend, Ind. Zlebnik (Maribor, Slovenia) is one of 64 individuals nationally to compete in the event, beginning May 25 at Notre Dame University.
No. 61 Zlebnik compiled an overall individual record of 17-6 this season, guiding the team to a 12-11 record and a No. 64 national ranking. Five of her six losses came to players listed among the top 75 and who will also be competing in the NCAA tournament, including No. 20 Christina Moros (Texas), No. 36 Christine Sim (Kansas), No. 47 Yana Dorodnova (Kansas State), No. 68 Raluca Gheorghe (Oklahoma) and No. 73 Simone Bock (New Mexico State) as an alternate. She played in the No. 1 slot all season, ending with an 8-3 record in the Big 12 Conference.
Zlebnik is Tech's first women's singles player to advance to the national championships. The doubles team of Paula Brigance and AnneMarie Walson competed in the 1998 tournament at UCLA, loosing in the first round to the pair of Danielle Durak and Julie Kaczmarek from William and Mary. Prior to this year, the duo was the only Red Raider women's tennis representation in the NCAAs.
The tournament begins May 21 with team competition and runs through the conclusion of individual play on May 29. Selection of individuals was based on won-lost record, strength of schedule and eligibility and availability of student-athletes. Individual pairings will be released at a later date.