Baylor women’s tennis head coach Joey Scrivano announced the addition of transfer Diana Nakic and incoming freshman Cristina Danaila to his squad for the 2010-11 academic year. Nakic and Daniala will join transfer Sona Novakova, who was announced earlier this year.
“We are thrilled to have Diana and Cristina join the Baylor tennis family, and I know that can’t wait to wear the Green and Gold,” Scrivano said. “They both bring in the type of talent that will make an impact and help this program reach its goals. With each of them being left-handed, they will also bringing an added dimension to our team.”
Nakic, who will enter as a junior, comes to Baylor after a fantastic two-year stretch at Georgia State University. The Velenje, Slovenia, native compiled a 29-2 record during her time at GSU, including a 15-4 record as a freshman with a ranking as high as No. 65 and a 20-1 record as a sophomore. During her sophomore campaign, Nakic had a perfect 17-0 dual-match record in the No. 1 position for the Panthers and reached an ITA singles ranking as high as 22nd. Over the course of her undefeated dual-match season, Nakic did not lose a set, while defeating both ranked opponents she faced.
Nakic is a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, along with being named first team all-CAA in singles and second team all-CAA in doubles each year. She earned CAA Player of the Week honors four times, while also being named the CAA Freshman of the Year in 2009.
Prior to Georgia State, Nakic attended the Turistic School in her hometown, where she was a 10-time Slovenian champion. She competed internationally and was ranked as high as No. 103 by the ITF and No. 483 in the WTA with wins in two ITF events in Dubrovnik and Brcko.
Danaila, a native of Braila, Romania, will join the Lady Bear tennis program after a successful start to her young career. Achieving a career-high WTA singles rank of 891 and a career-high doubles rank of 660, she was one of the top singles and doubles players in her country in U16 and U18. Danaila won Romanian Doubles Championships three times in 2009, while also winning the U18 doubles championship in 2009 and the U16 championship in 2007.
Danaila had career-best national rankings of No. 2 in U16 singles, No. 3 in U18 singles and No. 15 in seniors, while also earning a ranking of No. 3 in U18 doubles in 2008. She was also a finalist in the U16 singles national championship, while finishing third at the U18 and Women’s singles national championships. Danaila graduated from Liceul cu Program Sportiv in Braila in June 2010.
Danaila and Nakic joined Armstrong Atlantic State transfer Novakova, who signed with the Lady Bears during the spring of 2010. Novakova won the ITA “Super Bowl” of Small College Tennis, to earn one of 32 coveted berths to the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. In the first round, Novakova took Baylor’s then-23rd-ranked Lenka Broosova to three sets, losing in a tie-breaker. Novakova was the only non-Division I player in the field. During her career at AASU, she put together an astounding 59-5 record in singles play, and helped the Pirates to their third consecutive NCAA Division II title.