In a tight battle between two of the best in the nation, Baylor’s top-seeded women’s tennis team fell in a heartbreaker 4-2 to eighth-seeded Stanford at the NCAA Team Championships in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The win for Stanford was the first in the last three matches against Baylor. The Lady Bears had beaten the Cardinal out of the NCAA Championships each of the past two seasons.
“Stanford played a great match,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “They just outplayed us tonight and we came up short. It’s tough when you have two great seniors like Csilla [Borsanyi] and Lenka [Broosova] who care so much and it’s a tight match and there’s the thought that it could be your last match. I’ve never had to experience that, but imagine its tough. When you pour your heart and soul into winning the national championship and you feel it slipping away, it’s tough.”
Stanford squeaked out the crucial point in doubles, clinching with a tiebreak victory on Court 1 from the No. 2 duo of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette over 11th-ranked Broosova and Borsanyi. The Baylor duo came flying out of the gates to a 4-1 lead, but Stanford fought back to tie the score at 4-4. The teams kept each other within reach, trading breaks to force a tiebreak at 8-8. The Cardinal duo got out to a 4-1 lead, and held on for a 7-3 tiebreak win to snap Broosova and Borsanyi’s 12-match win streak which dates back to April 3 against Notre Dame.
After the Cardinal had won the first doubles match on Court 3 with an 8-3 victory, Baylor had evened the point with a grinding victory from Stanivuk and Secerbegovic. With the teams trading points much of the way, it was the BU duo that finally broke through with a break point to win the match 9-7 and secure their 17th consecutive win. The pair hasn’t lost a doubles match this season.
On Court 4, with the 69th-ranked Ormond up 4-2, Stanford’s Mallory Burdette turned it on taking the next four games to win the first set 6-4, and then taking a 6-0 final set. Meanwhile, the Cardinal was taking looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead with Veronica Li on Court 6 over Karolina Filipiak.
Li took the first set 6-3, then had a 4-1 lead in the second when Filipiak came to life with two break points to make it 5-4. Li held on defeating three break chances to win the set 6-4.
Baylor got its first point of the match with a dominating win by Jelena Stanivuk on Court 5. With the first set tied 2-2, Stanivuk ripped off four straight games to win the first set 6-2 before rolling to a 6-3 second set and her eighth consecutive singles win.
Shortly after, No. 20 Secerbegovic finished off No. 83 Lindsay Burdette with a 6-3, 7-5 win to pull the team match to 3-2. In the first set, Secerbegovic broke open a 3-3 set to win the first one 6-3, then had to battle through second sat after trailing 4-3.
With 97th-ranked Borsanyi ready to close out 68th-ranked Stacey Tan on Court 4, leading by a score of 3-6, 6-1, 5-2, the match between No. 5 Broosova and No. 4 Barte was turning into an epic battle. Broosova was down a set after dropping the opener 7-5, but took a 5-4 lead late in the second set. From there, Barte buckled down and sandwiched two service games around a break point to win the set 7-5 again and clinch the match 4-2 for the Cardinal.
The Bears end the season with a 30-3 record, their second 30-win season in program history. The win total marks the second highest ever for Baylor, behind only the 32-3 record posted in 2008.
Baylor’s individual entrants into the NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournaments will continue play starting May 26 in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Broosova and Secerbegovic will each play in the singles tournament, while Broosova will team with Borsanyi in the doubles.
Stanford vs Baylor
May 22, 2010 at Athens, Ga.
(Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
#8 Stanford 4, #1 Baylor 2
1. #4 Hilary Barte (STAN) def. #5 Lenka Broosova (BU) 7-5, 7-5
2. #20 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. #83 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) 6-3, 7-5
3. #33 Mallory Burdette (STAN) def. #69 Taylor Ormond (BU) 6-4, 6-0
4. #97 Csilla Borsanyi (BU) vs. #68 Stacey Tan (STAN) 3-6, 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
5. Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
6. Veronica Li (STAN) def. Karolina Filipiak (BU) 6-3, 6-4
1. #2 Hilary Barte/Lindsay Burdette (STAN) def. #11 Lenka Broosova/Csilla Borsanyi (BU) 9-8 (7-4)
2. Nina Secerbegovic/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. #56 Mallory Burdette/Stacey Tan (STAN) 9-7
3. Veronica Li/Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) def. Taylor Ormond/Carla Lindlar (BU) 8-3
Stanford 24-1; National ranking #8
Baylor 30-3; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,5,2,1)