Baylor Closes Season with 4-1 Loss to No. 1 Stanford

Baylor ends the season with a record of 29-4

STANFORD, Calif. – For the second consecutive season, the Baylor women’s tennis team ended the season with a loss to top-ranked Stanford, this time by a score of 4-1 in the NCAA Championship semifinals on Monday in Palo Alto, Calif.

Baylor entered the evening on a 19-match win streak, but that paled in comparison to top-seeded Stanford’s 183 straight victories on its home court since 1999. The Cardinal prevented Baylor from adding No. 20, putting up their 184th in a row at home instead.

“There were some matches that we could have done a better job in, but overall the bottom line is we weren’t good enough,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “You need every point possible at this stage, especially against a team like Stanford. We’ll take anything. Anything they want to give us, we’ll take it, because we were going to need it.”

Baylor put a valiant effort into doubles, pushing Stanford right down to the wire. After the Cardinal took a quick victory from their third-ranked duo of Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette by a score of 8-2 on Court 1 over No. 70 Nina Secerbegovic and Karolina Filipiak, the Lady Bears struck back on Court 3. Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova continued their hot doubles streak with their sixth consecutive win, 8-6, over the 74th-ranked pair of Carolyn McVeigh and Stacey Tan.

In the third doubles to finish on Court 2, Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk got an early break point to go up 3-1, but couldn’t hold it as Nicole Gibbs and Veronica Li came back to take an 8-6 win and close out the point.

In singles, Baylor got an early point on the board as Stanford’s 15th-ranked Kristie Ahn re-injured her ankle and was unable to continue giving No. 112 Stanivuk the win in just the fourth game of the first set.

From there, the Cardinal showed its strength across a singles lineup that features four players ranked in the top 25 and another ranked in the top 50. Stanford took three straight-set wins to close out the match for a 4-1 victory. On Court 5, No. 43 Tan defeated Karolina Filipiak 6-1, 6-4, quickly followed by a 6-4, 6-3 win on Court 6 by Veronica Li over Ormond.

No. 22 Mallory Burdette added the finishing point with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 47 Nina Secerbegovic. In the first set, Secerbegovic had come back from down 3-0 to lead 5-4, but Burdette fought back with the final three games.

In the other matches, No. 14 Sona Novakova won the first set against third-ranked Barte and lost the second before abandoning the match. No. 49 Nakic did just the opposite, falling in the first set, but rallying to win the second set before abandoning the match in the third.

Baylor ends the season at 29-4, marking the seventh consecutive season with at least 20 wins and the third-highest win total in program history. The Lady Bears have now reached at least the NCAA Quarterfinals in four straight seasons and the finals site in seven straight seasons.

Baylor vs Stanford
May 23, 2011 at Stanford, Calif.
(Taube Family Tennis Center)
#1 Stanford 4, #7 Baylor 1
Singles competition
1. #3 Hilary Barte (STAN) vs. #14 Sona Novakova (BU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, unfinished
2. #22 Mallory Burdette (STAN) def. #49 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) 7-5, 6-4
3. #18 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) vs. #47 Diana Nakic (BU) 6-2, 3-6, unfinished
4. #112 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. #15 Kristie Ahn (STAN) 1-2, retired
5. #43 Stacey Tan (STAN) def. Karolina Filipiak (BU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Veronica Li (STAN) def. Taylor Ormond (BU) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #3 Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette (STAN) def. #70 Karolina Filipiak/Nina Secerbegovic (BU) 8-2
2. Nicole Gibbs/Veronica Li (STAN) def. Taylor Ormond/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) 8-6
3. Diana Nakic/Sona Novakova (BU) def. #74 Carolyn McVeigh/Stacey Tan (STAN) 8-6

Match Notes:
Baylor 29-4; National ranking #7
Stanford 28-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,6,2)

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