The fifth-seeded Baylor women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals by downing 12th-seeded Miami, 4-1, on Thursday morning at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Baylor will now take on fourth-seeded Stanford, a 4-0 winner over Clemson, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17.
Baylor, ranked No. 5, moves to 31-2 on the season while Miami ends its year at 17-6. The Bears, who extended their win streak to 14 matches, will be making their second quarterfinal appearance in program history. In 2006, the Bears advanced to the quarterfinals but lost to Florida, 4-0.
As they did when they posted a 4-1 road win over Miami on Feb. 17, the Bears won the doubles point. The start of doubles was delayed 30 minutes due to wet courts and, after 25 minutes of action, play was halted when a light sprinkle made the courts slippery. After a 50-minute delay, play was resumed and no further interruptions occurred.
Baylor’s Zuzana Chmelarova and Karolina Filipiak held a 5-0 lead when play was halted and once action resumed, went on to post an 8-4 triumph. The sixth-ranked tandem of Zuzana Zemenova and Lenka Broosova held a 2-1 edge over Miami’s 20th-ranked Romy Farah and Laura Vallverdu when the weather break came, but the Baylor tandem after falling behind 4-2 once play resumed, reeled off six straight wins to post an 8-4 victory and clinch the doubles point for the Bears.
Broosova, the first off the court for Baylor in singles, notched her 17th straight singles victory and remained undefeated at the No. 3 spot at 18-0. The sophomore raised her team-best season singles record to 47-4 and she is now 31-1 in dual match action. The 18th-ranked Broosova breezed past No. 64 Michaela Kissell, 6-1, 6-3. At No. 5, Jelena Stanivuk gave the Bears their third point with a straight-sets win over Caren Seenauth, 6-3, 6-2.
Baylor’s most dramatic match of the day came from No. 99 Jana Bielikova on court four. After losing the first set 6-0 to Bianca Eichkorn, the junior mounted a tremendous comeback to claim the next two sets by identical 6-2 scores, and clinch the match for the Bears.
Miami’s lone point of the day came when Farah downed Ormond on court two, 7-6(7), 6-1.
“I thought we played well today, I was proud of how our players came out in doubles and took the point. In singles we had some tough match-ups today, going into this match I really thought Miami had some favorable match-ups in a bunch of courts. We knew it was going to be a real battle and I’m really proud that our team found a way to win,” said head coach Joey Scrivano.
Baylor 4, Miami 1
1. #6 Lenka Broosova/Zuzana Zemenova (BU) def. #20 Romy Farah/Laura Vallverdu (M) 8-4
2. Taylor Ormond/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) vs. Bianca Eichkorn/Caren Seenauth (M) DNF
3. Zuzana Chmelarova/Karolina Filipiak (BU) vs. Jenna Osborne/Michaela Kissell (M) 8-4
1. #25 Zuzana Zemenova (BU) vs. #19 Laura Vallverdu (M) DNF
2. #100 Romy Farah (BU) def. #43 Taylor Ormond (BU) 7-6(7), 6-1
3. #19 Lenka Broosova (BU) def. #64 Michaela Kissell 6-1, 6-3
4. #99 Jana Bielikova (BU) def. Bianca Eichkorn (M) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Caren Seenauth (M) 6-3, 6-2
6. Karolina Filipiak (BU) vs. Claudia Wasilewski (M) DNF
Order of Finish: Doubles – 3, 1; Singles – 3, 5, 2, 4