Fifth-seeded Bears down fourth-seeded Stanford, 4-1.
TULSA, Okla. – The fifth-seeded Baylor women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals for the first time in program history by downing fourth-seeded Stanford, 4-1, on Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Baylor improved its record on the year to 32-2, extending its win streak to 15 matches. The loss snapped Stanford’s 10-match win streak and marked just its second loss in its last 28 NCAA Tournament matches. The Cardinal finished the season with a 23-5 record.
En route to the victory the Bears earned the doubles point and won singles matches at courts one, three and five.
Doubles proved to be a thrilling event. Sixth-ranked Zuzana Zemenova and Lenka Broosova downed Stanford’s ninth-ranked Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette, 8-2 to walk off the court first. Stanford’s Celia Durkin and Carolyn McVeigh posted an 8-6 win over Zuzana Chmelarova and Karolina Filipiak on court three.
At that point, Baylor’s Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk trailed the 49th-ranked Whitney Deason and Jessica Nguyen 6-4. Deason held her serve and the Baylor duo trailed 7-4. From that point on, the Ormond and Stanivuk tandem didn’t allow the Stanford duo a game, winning five straight to pull out the doubles point for the Bears, 9-7. In the final game, with Baylor leading 40-30, Ormond double faulted to squander a match point. At deuce, Ormond hit long, then with Stanford holding the advantage, Stanivuk produced the first of three overhead smash winners. Deason hit a cross-court winner to go get back to deuce then Stanivuk smashed a service return to give the Bears another match point. Deason countered with another cross-court winner and then Stanivuk smashed another service return for a winner. Baylor’s match point came when Nguyen returned Ormond’s serve into the net.
As usual, Broosova was the first Baylor player off the court when she breezed past Durkin, 6-1, 6-2 but Stanford gained a point when No. 66 Burdette downed 99th-ranked Jana Bielikova, 6-2, 6-2 on court four. Jelena Stanivuk chalked up the Bears’ third point with a 6-3, 6-2 win on court five. The victory by Broosova extended her win streak to 18-matches while Stanivuk has now won 11 in a row.
In clinching the match for the Bears, 25th-ranked Zemenova upset third-ranked Barte on court one in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The win was Zemenova’s 13th consecutive victory of the year while it was Barte’s first loss at the No. 1 position where she is now 19-1.
The Bears will now face eighth-seeded California a 4-2 winner over top-seeded Northwestern. That semifinal match will begin at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 19.
“This is something we have been planning for the whole year, actually the last six years. It’s just great that we were able to beat such a good opponent like Stanford. I am really proud of the way my team played today, but we still have a lot of work to do. We’re not here to make the final four, we’re here to win the championship,” said head coach Joey Scrivano.
NCAA Championship Quarterfinals
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
May 16, 2008 at Tulsa, Okla.
#5 Baylor 4, #4 Stanford 1
1. #25 Zuzana Zemenova (BU) def. #3 Hilary Barte (STAN) 6-4, 6-2
2. #13 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) vs. #43 Taylor Ormond (BU) DNF
3. #18 Lenka Broosova (BU) def. #65 Celia Durkin (STAN) 6-1, 6-2
4. #66 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) def. #99 Jana Bielikova (BU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. #68 Whitney Deason (STAN) 6-3, 6-2
6. #95 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) vs. Karolina Filipiak (BU) DNF
1. #6 Zuzana Zemenova/Lenka Broosova (BU) def. #9 Lindsay Burdette/Hilary Barte (STAN) 8-2
2. Taylor Ormond/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. #49 Whitney Deason/Jessica Nguyen (STAN) 9-7
3. Celia Durkin/Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) def. Zuzana Chmelarova/Karolina Filipiak (BU) 8-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,5,1)