No. 9 Baylor Topples No. 19 Oklahoma, 5-2

Baylor won its seventh consecutive match over the Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. – Despite dropping the doubles point, No. 9 Baylor’s singles lineup carried the Lady Bears to a 5-2 win over 19th-ranked Oklahoma on Sunday in Norman, Okla. The match was moved indoors due to inclement weather.

The win moves Baylor to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12, while dropping Oklahoma to 12-3 overall and also 4-1 in the Big 12. It also marked BU’s seventh in a row over the Sooners.

Oklahoma came out and took over on the first two doubles courts, recording an 8-1 win on Court 1 and an 8-3 win on Court 2. But, Baylor fought back with a win on the final doubles court, then taking the first four singles courts to take the victory.

With the move indoors due to the weather, only three singles courts could be played at once, and Baylor went 3-0 on the first three courts. No. 19 Sona Novakova took on Oklahoma’s lone ranked player, No. 95 Ana Maria Constantinescu, and had no troubles on her way to a 6-4, 6-0 win.

Baylor’s 44th-ranked Diana Nakic won by just a break in the first set 7-5, then found her stroke in a 6-1 win the second set to give Baylor a 2-1 lead.

Meanwhile, No. 34 Nina Secerbegovic took an 11-match singles win streak into the day against Alice Radu on Court 2. After Secerbegovic took the first set 6-2, but lost the second 4-6 before rebounding for a 6-2 third set victory. The second-set loss was the first time in seven matches that she had lost a set.

With a 3-1 lead, Baylor needed just one more point to clinch the win, and got it from Jelena Stanivuk on Court 4. The senior, ranked 119th, won in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, over Marie-Pier Huet.

No. 116 Karolina Filipiak added a super tiebreaker win on Court 5 over Mia Lancaster, battling back from down a set. Filipiak lost the first 3-6, but won the second 6-2 and took the super tiebreaker 10-6. On the final court, Taylor Ormond was up a set (6-2) and down 2-1 in the second, but retired to keep from injury after missing the majority of the season.

Baylor’s lone win in doubles came after the team point was decided on Court 3. Stanivuk and Ormond held on for an 8-6 win over Huet and Tara Eckel.

The Lady Bears hit the road for one midweek match, taking on the No. 1-ranked University of Florida in a match rescheduled from earlier this season. Baylor will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the top-ranked Gators at 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT.

Baylor vs Oklahoma
Mar 27, 2011 at Norman, Okla.
(Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion)
#9 Baylor 5, #18 Oklahoma 2
Singles competition
1. #19 Sona Novakova (BU) def. #95 Ana Constantinescu (OU) 6-4, 6-0
2. #34 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Alice Radu (OU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
3. #44 Diana Nakic (BU) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU) 7-5, 6-1
4. #119 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Marie-Pier Huet (OU) 6-2, 7-5
5. #116 Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Mia Lancaster (OU) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Maria Kalashinikova (OU) def. Taylor Ormond (BU) 2-6, 2-1, retired

Doubles competition
1. Ana Constantinescu/Alice Radu (OU) def. Nina Secerbegovic/Karolina Filipiak (BU) 8-1
2. Whitney Ritchie/Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Sona Novakova/Diana Nakic (BU) 8-3
3. Jelena Stanivuk/Taylor Ormond (BU) def. Marie-Pier Huet/Tara Eckel (OU) 8-6

Match Notes:
Baylor 14-3, 4-1; National ranking #9
Oklahoma 12-3, 4-1; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)

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