Baylor wins its third match in a row and moves to 6-1 on the season
WACO – Baylor’s seventh-ranked women’s tennis team took a clean sweep over No. 60 Fresno State, 7-0, on Saturday at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Lady Bears won all three doubles matches, as well as all six singles matches.
The doubles courts got things started off on the right foot for the Lady Bears. After losing the doubles point in each of the last five matches, Baylor made a switch in the lineup. The combo of Jelena Stanivuk and Nina Secerbegovic moved up to Court 1, and Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic switched into Court 2. The change appeared to have gotten both on the right track.
“I love the way we came out in doubles,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We have obviously struggled with doubles this year, and the players just did a great job of making changes. When you win your doubles point, you start out a little more focused on your singles. I thought we did a great job of coming out with a sense of urgency in singles and doing the right things.”
Stanivuk and Secerbegovic dispatched up Marianne Jodoin and Laura Pola by a score of 8-2, while Novakova and Nakic took down Melissa McQueen and Bianca Modoc 8-5. On Court 3, the duo of Abby Stainback and Karolina Filipiak picked up their first victory of the season with an 8-3 point-clinching victory over Olga Kirpicheva and Abby Hayley.
In the singles matches, the Baylor women lost just one set in the six matches. The most impressive of these may not be reflected on the scoreboard, but on Court 1, No. 12 Novakova was down 5-2, then won the next 11 games in a row for a 7-5, 6-0 victory of No. 99 Marianne Jodoin.
No. 53 Secerbegovic kicked off the singles with a 6-2, 6-1 win on Court 3, followed quickly by a 6-1, 6-1 win on Court 2 from Nakic. Filipiak, ranked 116th, clinched the match for Baylor with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Melissa McQueen on Court 4.
“Nina was just great in singles and doubles,” Scrivano said. “In singles, to come off the court as quick as she did, that kept the momentum going and I just love the way she played and competed today.”
The Bears then earned two more victories with a 6-3, 6-3 win by Stanivuk on Court 5, and a 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9) battle for a victory by Stainback.
The win gives Baylor its third in a row and moves their record to 6-1 on the season, including a 5-1 mark against ranked opponents.
The Lady Bears will be back on the court in their Big 12 opener against Missouri at the Baylor Tennis Center. The match, slated for 2 p.m. on March 4, will put Baylor’s 56-match Big 12 win streak on the line. That streak also includes 42 in a row in Big 12 regular season action.
Fresno State vs Baylor
Feb 26, 2011 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
#7 Baylor 7, #60 Fresno State 0
1. #12 Sona Novakova (BU) def. #99 Marianne Jodoin (FRE) 7-5, 6-0
2. #30 Diana Nakic (BU) def. Mary Abby Hayley (FRE) 6-1, 6-1
3. #53 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Laura Pola (FRE) 6-2, 6-1
4. #116 Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Melissa McQueen (FRE) 6-3, 6-1
5. Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Bianca Modoc (FRE) 6-3, 6-3
6. Abby Stainback (BU) def. Olga Kirpicheva (FRE) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0
1. Nina Secerbegovic/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Marianne Jodoin/Laura Pola (FRE) 8-2
2. Sona Novakova/Diana Nakic (BU) def. Melissa McQueen/Bianca Modoc (FRE) 8-5
3. Karolina Filipiak/Abby Stainback (BU) def. Mary Abby Hayley/Olga Kirpicheva (FRE) 8-3
Fresno State 2-3; National ranking #60
Baylor 6-1; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,4,5,1,6)