No. 13 Baylor Takes Road Match at Kansas

Senior Sona Novakova won her fourth consecutive singles match

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Baylor’s 13th-ranked women’s tennis team took the doubles point and swept the top half of the singles lineup on the way to a 4-3 victory over Kansas on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.

After splitting the first two doubles matches, Baylor’s (14-5, 1-1) top duo of Ema Burgic and Nina Secerbegovic continued their hot streak together with a clinching 8-6 win. After that, the top of the BU lineup again showed its strength with straight-set wins on Courts 1-3 to claim the victory over the Jayhawks (9-6, 0-3).

“Kansas fought really hard, we’ve got give them credit for pushing us,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “The bottom line is our team is just showing a lot of character right now. I really like the way this team is shaping up and showing how hard we can fight. Tomorrow against Kansas State is a big match, and we’ve got to be ready.”

In doubles, the Lady Bears got an opening 8-5 victory from the senior pair of Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova over KU’s Paulina Los and Maria Belen Luduena to set up the Secerbegovic/Burgic clincher. The 47th-ranked pair then defeated Monica Pezzotti and Dylan Windom 8-6 to help BU claim a 1-0 lead.

The Jayhawks started with a point on a win by default from Baylor on Court 6, but the top of the BU lineup responded swiftly. No. 13 Nakic, No. 27 Secerbegovic and No. 53 Novakova each took care of their opponent, dropping only a combined seven games in three matches.

Nakic defeated Pezzotti on Court 1 and Novakova defeated Belen Luduena on Court 3 each by identical 6-1, 6-1 scores, while Secerbegovic won 6-2, 6-1 over Paulina Los on Court 2 to clinch the match.

In the final match of the day, freshman Megan Horter fell just short against KU’s Dylan Windom in a tiebreaker-filled match. Horter took the first set in a tiebreak 7-6(2), but Windom answered with a tiebreak win the second 7-6(7). In the third set supertiebreaker, Windom out-dueled Horter 13-11.

Baylor will be back in action in the Sunflower State on Sunday, taking on Kansas State at 12 p.m. in Wamego, Kan., at the Wamego Recreation Center. The Lady Bears will look to avenge a 4-3 loss to the Wildcats last season in Waco.

Baylor vs Kansas
Mar 24, 2012 at Lawrence, Kan.
(Jayhawk Tennis Center)
#13 Baylor 4, Kansas 3
Singles competition
1. #13 Diana Nakic (BU) def. Monica Pezzotti (KAN) 6-1, 6-1
2. #27 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Paulina Los (KAN) 6-2, 6-1
3. #53 Sona Novakova (BU) def. Maria Belen Luduena (KAN) 6-1, 6-1
4. Dylan Windom (KAN) def. Megan Horter (BU) 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (9-7), 1-0 (13-11)
5. Claire Dreyer (KAN) def. Abby Stainback (BU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Victoria Khanevskaya (KAN) def. No player (BU), by default

Doubles competition
1. #46 Ema Burgic/Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Monica Pezzotti/Dylan Windom (KAN) 8-6
2. Diana Nakic/Sona Novakova (BU) def. Paulina Los/Maria Belen Luduena (KAN) 8-5
3. Victoria Khanevskaya/Claire Dreyer (KAN) def. Megan Horter/Abby Stainback (BU) 8-5

Match Notes:
Baylor 14-5, 1-1; National ranking #13
Kansas 9-6, 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,1,3,2,5,4)

Horned Frogs Blank Air Force in Mountain West Opener (women)

TCU dropped just one doubles match on the day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – TCU’s women’s tennis team rolled to a 7-0 win over Air Force in its Mountain West opener Saturday at New Mexico’s Linda Estes Tennis Center.

The No. 39 Horned Frogs snapped a two-match losing skid and improved to 8-5 overall and 1-0 in the MW. Air Force fell to 14-4, 0-1. TCU never lost to Air Force as a member of the Mountain West and is 7-0 all-time against the Falcons.

“It was a good day, the kids competed really well,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “It’s our first 7-0 match of the year and I think this is one of the better Air Force teams they’ve had since I’ve been coaching in the Mountain West. Winning solves all problems so it was good to get one under our belt. We need to come back tomorrow with that killer instinct like we had today.”

TCU opened the match with wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles to clinch the point and take a 1-0 lead. Gaby Mastromarino and Simona Parajova improved to 7-1 this spring with an 8-5 dismissal of Christine Molina and Tiffany Tran at the third spot.

Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram provided the clinching win on the top court, an 8-5 win of their win over Melissa Cecil and Tahlia Smoke. It brought the Frog tandem to 7-4 this spring as doubles partners.

The Frogs won all six singles matches, with five of those coming in straight-set fashion. Freshman Stefanie Tan ran her winning streak to six when she took care of Cecil, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

Parajova won at the No. 2 spot, a 6-4, 6-3 win over Molina, while Olivia Smith returned to her winning ways with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Tiffany Tran at No. 3 singles.

Denti was a 6-5, 6-2 winner over Smoke on the fourth court and Gabi Barbosa won 6-4, 6-2 over Natasha Rizvi at No. 6 singles. In the lone match that went to a third set, Sundaram picked up a 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 (7) win at No. 5 singles.

TCU returns to action Sunday against Boise State to close out a four-match road trip. First serve is set for 10 a.m.

MATCH RESULTS – No. 39 TCU 7, Air Force 0
SINGLES
No. 1 – Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Melissa Cecil (USAFA), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Christine Molina (USAFA), 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 – Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Tiffany Tran (USAFA), 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Tahlia Smoke (USAFA), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 – Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Hannah Dake (USAFA), 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 (7)
No. 6 – Gabi Barbosa (TCU) def. Natasha Rizvi (USAFA), 6-4, 6-2

DOUBLES
No. 1 – Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Melissa Cecil/Tahlia Smoke (USAFA), 8-5
No. 2 – Hannah Dake/Natasha Rizvi (USAFA) def. Gabi Barbosa/Olivia Smith (TCU), 8-5
No. 3 – Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Christine Molina/Tiffany Tran (USAFA), 8-5

MATCH NOTES
TCU 8-5, 1-0 MW; National ranking No. 39
Air Force 14-4, 0-1 MW
Order of Finish Not Available

Owls Turn Back Pioneers, 4-3 (men)

Face UNLV on Saturday

Philipp Seifert shook off a first-set loss to grind out a three-set victory and provide the clinching point as the 47th ranked Rice Owls snapped #49 Denver’s six-match winning streak with a 4-3 win at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday.

“This really was a great team win today,” Rice head coach Ron Smarr stated. “We had to rely on some different people to pick the team up and they answered the call. I was really proud of the way Philipp battled back from a loss in the first set and he really played that third set well. Michael Nuesslein continues to play great tennis and Jonathan Chang really battled after a slow start. He and Michael winning set the tone and Philipp capped it off,” he added.

Smarr expected a tight battle from the Pioneers, who had reeled off six straight matches and moved into the top 50 after the return of several key members of their lineup. From the opening serve of doubles, Smarr’s prediction proved to be accurate.

After splitting sets at No. 1 and No. 3, the point would require a tie-breaker to be decided. Nuesslein and Christian Saravia emerged with the point for Rice after taking that decisive action by a 7-4 count.

Down 1-0, Denver responded with an opening barrage in singles, taking four of six first sets. That total might have been five of six if not for Chang’s rebound from an early deficit in his first set. Even with Nuesslein and Chang closing things out in their second sets, the Owls would still require a player to rebound from the first set loss and win in three.

Seifert answered the call, shaking off a 6-3 opening loss to win the next two sets 6-3 and 6-1, to give the Owls their 12th win of the year, their fourth in a row and their third straight over a ranked opponent.

Rice will be back on the UNLV courts tomorrow at 4 p.m. (central), when they face the host school in a dual match.

University of Denver vs Rice
3/23/2012 at Las Vegas, Nevada
(Fertitta Tennis Complex)
#47 Rice 4, #49 University of Denver 3
Singles competition
1. Enej Bonin (DENVER) def. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) 7-5, 6-3
2. Yannick Weihs (DENVER) def. Christian Saravia (RICE) 6-2, 6-2
3. Jens Vorkefeld (DENVER) def. Peter Frank (RICE) 6-3, 6-3
4. Jonathan Chang (RICE) def. Max Krammer (DENVER) 7-5, 6-2
5. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) def. Fabio Biasion (DENVER) 6-4, 6-2
6. Philipp Seifert (RICE) def. Othar Kordsachia (DENVER) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Jens Vorkefeld/Enej Bonin (DENVER) def. Christian Saravia/Justin To (RICE) 8-6
2. Michael Nuesslein/Jonathan Chang (RICE) def. Max Krammer/Fabio Biasion (DENVER) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Sam Garforth-Bles/Leif Berger (RICE) def. Yannick Weihs/Othar Kordsachia (DENVER) 8-3

Match Notes:
University of Denver 9-8; National ranking #49
Rice 12-5; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,5,4,1,6)

UTEP Falls At Cal State Northridge, 6-1

NORTHRIDGE, CALIF.– Marie LeBlond rolled to her sixth straight win while improving to 20-6 overall to highlight the action for the UTEP tennis team in a 6-1 setback at Cal State Northridge Friday afternoon. LeBlond crushed Amber Walker, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5 singles but the Miners (2-13) couldn’t get on track against the Matadors (9-5) in the other matches.

Action initiated in doubles play where Sabrina Man-Son-Hing/Jennifer Sher held off Martina Trierweiler/LeBlond, 8-3, at No. 1. The home side’s duoe of Nigora Sirojiddinova/Anna Yang upended Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Anastasiya Sylenko, 8-2, at No. 2. UTEP was forced to default at No. 3 doubles due to being shorthanded on players.

LeBlond showed off her skills in singles play with the dominant effort at the fifth spot, which moved her to 2-1 in the position. She is also 10-2 at No. 6, a spot which the Miners defaulted at with the lack of healthy bodies.

Abdrakhmanova took the first set, 6-1, against Cheung at No. 4 singles. Her foe struck back to claim the second set, 6-3, and then ultimately emerged in a super tiebreaker, 10-4.

Trierweiler was challenged out of the gates in the match-up vs. Sher in No. 1 singles, and couldn’t recover in a 6-2, 6-0 loss.

Vazquez vied for a victory vs. Pistalu at No. 2 singles but it wasn’t in the cards. She was dispatched by a final count of 6-1, 6-1. It was a similar story for Sylenko at No. 3 singles, who fell to Yang by the same score.

UTEP will play the second of three matches in as many days when it challenges UC Santa Barbara at 12 p.m. MT Saturday.

Singles competition
1. Jennifer Sher (CSNR) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0
2. Maria Pistalu (CSNR) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1
3. Anna Yang (CSNR) def. Anastasiya Sylenko (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1
4. Lorraine Cheung (CSNR) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
5. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) def. Amber Walker (CSNR) 6-1, 6-2
6. No player (CSNR) def. No player (UTEP), by default

Doubles competition
1. Sabrina Man-Son-Hing/Jennifer Sher (CSNR) def. Martina Trierweiler/Marie LeBlond (UTEP) 8-3
2. Nigora Sirojiddinova/Anna Yang (CSNR) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Anastasiya Sylenko (UTEP) 8-2
3. No player/No player (CSNR) def. No player/No player (UTEP), by default

St. Edward’s men come up short against Cameron, 5-4

AUSTIN – The 17th-ranked St. Edward’s men’s tennis team took on 18th-ranked Cameron Wednesday afternoon at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts. This regional matchup had all the makings of a great match however the Hilltoppers came up short, falling to the Aggies, 5-4, in a hard fought match.

St. Edward’s (9-5) gained a 2-1 advantage heading into singles play after two pairs of Hilltoppers were able to fend off Cameron’s aggressive play in doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Ned Boone (London, England/LSU) and Eduardo Bencke (Porto Alegre, Brazil/Colegio Anchieta) continued their dominance winning 8-5 over Nicolai Ferrigno and Mateus Campos. The duo has a team best 11 wins and an impressive 11-2 record on the season. The second point won in doubles play came from Alexandre Beuno (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Visconde de Porto Seguro) and Adrian Garza (Austin, Texas/AESA Academy) who competed at No. 2 doubles for the Hilltoppers. The duo downed the Aggies Pair of Thomas Peixoto and Gonzalo Garzon, 8-6.

With a 2-1 lead the Hilltoppers only needed to capture three points to secure the victory, however the boys got off to a slow stat. Only two St. Edward’s players won their first set of the match, while the rest quickly went down a set early to their opponents. Eduardo Bencke was one of the Hilltoppers who their first set, and would eventually defeat Duje Janjic, 6-4, 6-4. Senior Ryan Wiggins (Frisco, Texas/Old Dominion) dropped his first set 4-6, to Cameron’s Jorge Gerosi but would battle back to force a third set by taking the second set 6-2. Wiggins outplayed Gerosi in the third set to gain the 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, victory for the Hilltoppers at the No. 5 singles slot. James Rogers (Bahagowan, Australia/Mackay Christian College) and Ned Boone went the distance in their matches fighting from behind to force a third set before suffering defeats set to the hands of Gonzalo Garzon and Thomas Peixoto, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6, and 7-6, 4-6, 7-5, respectively.

All hope for the Hilltoppers fell into the hands of the sophomore Alexandre Beuno competing in the No. 6 singles against the Aggies’ Mateus Campos. Beuno came out strong, getting the best of Campos 6-3. In the second set Campos would respond to the challenge and defeated Beuno 7-5, to even the score. Unfortunately for Beuno and the Hilltoppers, Campos was just too much to handle in the third set and took the match 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, and secured the fifth and final point of the match for Cameron.

The Hilltoppers will be back to action Saturday at home on the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts where they face off against Southeast Oklahoma State. First serve is set for 1:00 p.m.

Hilltoppers defeated by Cameron 5-3 (women)

AUSTIN – The St. Edward’s women’s tennis competed against Cameron Wednesday afternoon at the South Austin Tennis Complex. The Hilltoppers could not find a way to beat their regional opponent Cameron with the Lady Aggies taking a 5-3 victory back home with them.

Two of the three points scored by the Hilltoppers came from wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles slots. At No. 1 doubles, Alexandra Khadzhyan (Murmansk, Russia/Murmansck Secondary) and Audrey Tompkins (Katy, Texas/Taylor HS) earned their fourth victory of the season as a pair by defeating Cameron’s duo of Amanda Moberg and Julia Puckhaber, 8-5. The second point was tallied by the dominant pair of Rafaela Haegele (Scheneberdigen, Germany/Otto-Hahn Gymnasium) and Paige Rachel (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch HS) who earned their team best 10th win of the season. Haegele and Rachel beat the Aggies duo of Elvira Sholles and Sara Londono, 8-2.

The Hilltoppers only registered one point during singles competition and it came from the hands of senior Audrey Tompkins. Tompkins easily handled Cameron’s Sara Londono taking the first set 6-0. Londono put up more of a fight in the second set but Tompkins was on her “A” game for the Hilltoppers and won her match by a score of 6-0, 6-4. This wins bring Tompkins to nine wins on the season, all of them at No. 3 singles spot.

The Hilltoppers will be back in action Saturday at home where they face off against Florida Southern. First serve is set for 9:15 a.m.

Mustangs Fall 4-2 Against No. 63 Wichita State

Elena Fayner And Ashley Turpin Get Wins In Match Versus Wichita State

IRVING, Texas (SMU) — Elena Fayner and Ashley Turpin earned victories for SMU women’s tennis in a 4-2 loss to No. 63 Wichita State at the Las Colinas Country Club on Thursday. This was the fifth win in the last seven matches for Fayner (5-6). Turpin went three sets for her victory to improve to 3-3 on the year.

“We had several outstanding individual performances,” said head coach Kati Gyulai. “However, we must improve on playing much tougher in difficult outdoor conditions. We look to turn it around against ULM this weekend.”

Fayner won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 against Lucia Kovalova at No. 3 singles. This was her second straight three-set victory. Turpin played at No. 4 singles in her 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 win versus Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul of Wichita State.

At No. 1 singles, No. 56 Edyta Cieplucha fell 7-6, 6-1 to No. 108 Lutfiana Budiharto of Wichita State. Cieplucha is now 14-6 on the year and 8-3 in dual matches.

The Mustangs host Louisiana-Monroe at Northwood Country Club on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Wichita State vs. SMU
Mar 22, 2012 at Irving, Texas
#63 Wichita State 4, SMU 2
Singles competition
1. #108 Lutfiana Budiharto (WICHST) def. #56 Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) 7-6, 6-1
2. Delia Damaschin (WICHST) def. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) 7-5, 6-1
3. Elena Fayner (SMU) def. Lucia Kovalova (WICHST) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6
4. Ashley Turpin (SMU) def. S. Mahajaroenkul (WICHST) 3-6, 7-5, 10-7
5. Veronika Blaskova (WICHST) def. Perri Anderson (SMU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Carla Venticinque (WICHST) def. Kris Roberts (SMU) 6-2, 6-2

Match Notes:
Wichita State 11-5; National ranking #63
SMU 1-10

Owls Get Back on Winning Track; Defeat Texas State

Face Tulane in New Orleans on Sunday

After dropping their first home match of the year on Monday under constant threats of rain, Elizabeth Schmidt’s 28th ranked Rice Owls basked in the sunshine on Thursday, returning to their winning ways with a 6-1 win over Texas State at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Thursday.

“Obviously it was good to get back on track after the Illinois match,” Schmidt said. “Texas State came in 9-1 and we knew they would make us play to get the win. I was pleased the way that Ana (Guzman) and (Katie) Gater played in doubles. That really set the tone and we were able to go on and win all three doubles matches. It was a nice team victory for us,” she added.

After sweeping the doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead, the Owls were able to quickly put the outcome out of doubt, as Kimberly Anicete, Stephanie Nguyen and Natalie Beazant captured their matches in succession to give Rice a 4-0 lead.

Dominique Harmath and Guzman then wrapped up the Owls scoring with wins at No. 2 and No. 4, while Texas State broke through at No. 3 to make the final score 6-1.

The Owls will hit the road this weekend and open C-USA play with a match on Sunday against 52nd ranked Tulane. They return home next weekend for matches against Missouri on March 31 and Tulsa on April 1.

Texas State vs Rice
3/22/2012 at Houston, Texas
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
#28 Rice 6, Texas State 1
Singles competition
1. #46 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Jessica Kahts (TXSTW) 6-3, 6-2
2. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Melissa Hadad (TXSTW) 7-5, 6-4
3. Rachel Baldree (TXSTW) def. Katie Gater (RICE) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 10-3
4. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Gabriela Rojas (TXSTW) 7-5, 6-1
5. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Mariana Perez (TXSTW) 6-1, 6-1
6. Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) def. Francesca Bernes (TXSTW) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #42 Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Jessica Kahts/Melissa Hadad (TXSTW) 8-1
2. Ana Guzman/Katie Gater (RICE) def. Gabriela Rojas/Francesca Bernes (TXSTW) 8-1
3. Kimberly Anicete/Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) def. Mariana Perez/Rachel Baldree (TXSTW) 8-4

Match Notes:
Texas State 9-2
Rice 11-4; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,1,6,4,2,3)

Illinois edges No. 9 Texas, 4-3

Sophomore Elizabeth Begley produces eighth win in last nine matches while senior Krista Damico wins 11th consecutive match.

AUSTIN – No. 9 Texas (9-5) picked up wins from Elizabeth Begley, Lina Padegimaite and Krista Damico, but Illinois (9-5) emerged with a 4-3 victory over the Longhorns Wednesday afternoon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Illinois won two of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point and assume a 1-0 lead. The Fighting Illini’s Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White led off with an 8-4 win over UT’s Padegimaite and Noel Scott at first doubles.

Texas followed with a tight victory at the second doubles slot. UT’s Damico and Cierra Gaytan-Leach went into a tiebreaker against Illinois’ Amy Allin and Marisa Lambropoulos, and Illinois set up three match-point opportunities with a 6-3 lead. But, Texas’ Damico and Gaytan-Leach claimed the next five points to win the tiebreaker, 8-6 to win the match.

At third doubles, UT’s Begley and Juliana Gajic and Illinois’ Chelcie Abajian and Allison Falkin entered into a 6-6 tie before Illinois broke the Longhorns’ serve and held serve to win the match, 8-6 to win the doubles point.

Illinois extended its lead at sixth singles, where Breanne Smutko defeated UT’s Alex Martin, 6-0, 6-0. Texas cut into the lead at fourth singles, where Padegimaite posted an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Illinois’ Allin. The Illini extended their lead to 3-1 at second singles, where Kopinski defeated UT’s Scott, 6-4, 6-4. Illinois clinched the win at third singles, where Lambropoulos outlasted Texas’ Gaytan-Leach in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

At fifth singles, Texas’ Begley dropped the first set to Illinois’ White, 6-2 before overpowering White in the second set, 6-1. Begley broke for a 3-1 lead in the third set and held off White to win 6-4 and produce her eighth win in her last nine matches.

Texas’ Damico cruised to 6-2 first-set win at first singles over Illinois’ 92nd-ranked Falkin before Falkin took the second set, 7-5. Damico broke Falkin’s serve to take a 3-2 third-set lead before Falkin broke Damico and held serve to take a 4-3 lead. But, Damico claimed the next three games to win the third set and the match, 6-4 to preserve her 11th consecutive win.

Texas will take some time off before resuming Big 12 Conference play on Friday, March 30 when it hosts Kansas.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS
Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain
Illinois is a tough team who came out ready to play a great match. We were a little shorthanded, but we had people out there who we felt could do the job. I’m really proud of Krista (Damico) getting that last singles win. She’s playing some great tennis. (Elizabeth) Begley was solid. She is playing great tennis, and so is Lina (Padegimaite). They played some very good tennis against Illinois today. It was just unfortunate that we came up a little short.

Illinois 4, No. 9 Texas 3
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1 Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White (Illinois) def. #23 Lina Padegimaite/Noel Scott (UT) – 8-4
2 Krista Damico/Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Amy Allin/Marisa Lambropoulos (Illinois) – 9-8 (6)
3 Chelcie Abajian/Allison Falkin (Illinois) def. Elizabeth Begley/Juliana Gajic (UT) – 8-6

Singles – Order of Finish: 6, 4, 2, 3, 5, 1
1 #75 Krista Damico (UT) def. #92 Allison Falkin (Illinois) – 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
2 Melissa Kopinski (Illinois) def. #122 Noel Scott (UT) – 6-4, 6-4
3 Marisa Lambropoulos (Illinois) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
4 Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Amy Allin (Illinois) – 6-1, 6-1
5 Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Rachael White (Illinois) – 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
6 Breanne Smutko (Illinois) def. Alex Martin (UT) – 6-0, 6-0

No. 13 Baylor Women Outlast No. 22 Clemson, 4-3

Baylor erased a 3-0 deficit for the victory

Down 3-0 against No. 22 Clemson, Baylor’s 13th-ranked women’s tennis team clawed its way to a 4-3 on Tuesday night at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.

Baylor’s (13-5) loss in the doubles point, coupled with losses on Courts 5 and 6, left the Lady Bears in a big hole against its ninth consecutive top-25 opponent. But, the top of the Baylor lineup had built a one-set lead on Courts 1-4 to maintain a portion of control in the match. From there, the comeback came in a rush with all four courts finishing in a 12-minute span to give BU the win.

“We dug ourselves into a humongous hole, but we showed some character today and that’s the most important thing,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “The last few practices we’ve started to show more of that. Diana (Nakic) had a really nice win, and I’m really proud of her coming out and playing the way she did. From right here, I feel like we are on the ground floor, and we are just going to start building from here for the rest of the season.”

After the Tigers (9-6) had claimed their first two singles wins, it was Baylor freshman Ema Burgic that started the huge comeback. Burgic took down Beatrice Gumulya 6-4, 6-4 to cut the lead to 3-1 overall. Less than two minutes later, 53rd-ranked Sona Novakova earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over Clemson’s No. 112 Nelly Ciolkowski.

Now down just 3-2, the match was on the shoulders of Baylor’s top two ranked players, No. 13 Diana Nakic and No. 27 Nina Secerbegovic. Nakic finished first to tie the score at 3-3 with a 6-2, 6-3 win on Court 1, but Secerbegovic had won the first and was down 5-3 in the second.

The senior battled back against the Tigers’ top-ranked player, No. 47 Keri Wong, following a service break with a hold of serve to tie the set at 5-5. The pair then each held serve to force a tiebreak at 6-6. Secerbegovic got out to a hot start, scoring five of the first six points, and finished it off 7-4 to clinch the win for Baylor.

In doubles, Clemson’s top-ranked duo on Court 1 fell, but the Tigers had already wrapped up the point with wins on Courts 2 and 3. On the top court, Baylor’s 46th-ranked duo of Secerbegovic and Burgic kept their record undefeated as partners with a tie-break win, 8-7(4). Clemson’s Romy Kolzer and Gumulya defeated Novakova and Nakic 8-5, and Klara Vyskocilova and Monika Kochanova took down BU’s Nicola Kosakowski and Megan Horter 8-3.

Baylor will hit the road this weekend for back-to-back matches in the Sunflower State. The Lady Bears will face Kansas at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan., then travel down the highway to Manhattan to face No. 75 Kansas State at noon on Sunday.

Clemson vs Baylor
Mar 20, 2012 at Waco, Texas
(Hurd Tennis Center)
#13 Baylor 4, #22 Clemson 3
Singles competition
1. #13 Diana Nakic (BU) def. Josipa Bek (CLE) 6-2, 6-3
2. #27 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. #47 Keri Wong (CLE) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #53 Sona Novakova (BU) def. #112 Nelly Ciolkowski (CLE) 6-4, 6-3
4. Ema Burgic (BU) def. Beatrice Gumulya (CLE) 6-4, 6-4
5. #103 Klara Vyskocilova (CLE) def. Megan Horter (BU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Romy Kolzer (CLE) def. Abby Stainback (BU) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #46 Ema Burgic/Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. #17 Josipa Bek/Keri Wong (CLE) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Romy Kolzer/Beatrice Gumulya (CLE) def. Sona Novakova/Diana Nakic (BU) 8-5
3. Klara Vyskocilova/Monika Kochanova (CLE) def. Nicole Kosakowski/Megan Horter (BU) 8-3

Match Notes:
Clemson 9-6; National ranking #22
Baylor 13-5; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,4,3,1,2)