The top-seeded Baylor women’s tennis team fought 16th-seeded Texas off in doubles, then cruised to three quick wins on the singles courts to earn a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third consecutive season in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
“I am really proud of the way our team played today,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We came out focused and got the job done. It feels great to advance.”
The Longhorns came out firing in the doubles matches, jumping out to leads on two of the three courts, but Baylor held them off and turned the momentum around to win the point. The 11th-ranked senior duo of Broosova and Borsanyi rolled on Court 1 jumping out to a big lead before finishing off the 24th-ranked duo Ellis and Corovic 8-1. The win marked the 12th in a row for the pair.
“We were ready to play today,” Scrivano said. “We just executed as a high level and our doubles momentum carried over to singles.”
With a battle brewing of Court 2, it was the duo of Ormond and Carla Lindlar who seized control on Court 3. The combo tied the match at 5-5, then held serve and got a break point to take a commanding 7-5 lead over Lancaster and Larsson. Texas held serve to make it 7-6, but the Bears took the next game to clinch the doubles point with an 8-6 win.
On singles, the Lady Bears didn’t waste any time putting Texas in a deep hole, winning the first set on five of the six courts. On Court 1, fifth-ranked Lenka Broosova won three consecutive games to take a 3-1 lead in her first set and take control of the match for a 6-2, 6-2 win.
After Broosova’s win, 20th-ranked Nina Secerbegovic and 97th-ranked Csilla Borsanyi ended their matches with the next two minutes to secure the win. Secerbegovic was second to finish 6-3, 6-2 win, while Borsanyi dominated her first set 6-1, then fought out of a 3-2 hole to win her second set 6-4.
“We had our game plan,” Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain. “Unfortunately, we didn’t execute at the positions we really needed to. We started off well in the doubles. We got up and took leads at Nos. 2 and 3. We were up 6-3 at No. 2 and up 5-4 at No. 3 and we couldn’t quite maintain that. That was the story. It was such a huge momentum changer, no question. They just outplayed us today.
“We had a long season and started off a little bumpy, but we overcame a lot of things. We got ourselves in a position to be in the No. 16 spot. For us as a program, that’s something we’re going to continue to build on and keep pushing forward. We’re happy we got the chance to play here, but this is only the tip of where we want to be.”
With the win, Baylor will face Stanford in the next round, marking the third consecutive NCAA Championship that the two teams have met, with Baylor winning each time. Baylor beat Stanford 4-3 in the Round of 16 last season, and 4-1 in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2008.
“[Stanford] has been the team to beat in women’s tennis over the last 20 years,” Scrivano said. “They are a great, great team, and we are going to need to come out ready to play.”
The match is slated for 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT on the Henry Feild Courts at the Dan Magill Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.
Texas’ Aeriel Ellis will begin play in the 64-player singles draw at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, May 26.
2010 NCAA Tennis Championships – Round of 16
Dan Magill Tennis Complex – Athens, Ga.
No. 1 Baylor 4, No. 16 Texas 0
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 3
1 #11 Lenka Broosova/Csilla Borsanyi (BU) def. #49 Vanja Corovic/Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 8-1
2 Amanda Craddock/Krista Damico (UT) vs. Nina Secerbegovic/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) – 6-5, susp.
3 Taylor Ormond/Carla Lindlar (BU) def. Sarah Lancaster/Caroline Larsson (UT) – 8-6
Singles – Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4
1 #5 Lenka Broosova (BU) def. #24 Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 6-2, 6-2
2 #18 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. #63 Krista Damico (UT) – 6-3, 6-2
3 #75 Vanja Corovic (UT) vs. #55 Taylor Ormond (BU) – 2-6, 6-1, 4-0, susp.
4 #106 Csilla Borsanyi (BU) def. Maggie Mello (UT) – 6-1, 6-4
5 Karolina Filipiak (BU) vs. Sarah Lancaster (UT) – 6-0, 5-3, susp.
6 Caroline Larsson (UT) vs. Carla Lindlar (BU) – 6-3, 4-2, susp.