The Lady Bears look for their eighth tournament title in 10 seasons.
Bears blank Kansas State, 4-0, for program's 11th Big 12 title and third straight.
Bears will play for Big 12 title Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Kansas State.
Bears close out regular season with two matches over the weekend.
Bears have now won 17 of last 19 matches against Longhorns.
Two NCAA Final Fours (2008, 2011)
Five NCAA Elite Eights
(2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
10-Time Regular Season Big 12 Champion
(2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Seven-Time Big 12 Tournament Champion
(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014)
Five-Time Big 12 Coach of the Year
(2006, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014)
Three-Time ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year
(2006, 2008, 2010)
TTCA Coach of the Year (2005)
Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2001, 2002)
In his 12 seasons leading the Baylor women's tennis program, head coach Joey Scrivano has put his Lady Bears among the nation's elite, along with being the top program in the Big 12 Conference nearly every season.
Scrivano has led BU to 10 Big 12 regular-season titles, a current string of seven out of nine Big 12 Tournament titles, and 10 consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, reaching the NCAA Final Four in 2008 and 2011.
Scrivano has compiled an astounding 116-10 (.921) mark in the Big 12, along with a 286-86 (.769) mark overall as the leader of the program. In his time at BU, he has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year five times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014) and the ITA Regional Coach of the Year three times (2006, 2008, 2010). Scrivano's squad has dominated the Big 12 during his tenure, especially over the past 10 seasons, where it has compiled an 99-5 record.
Individually, Baylor has had an enormous amount of success under Scrivano. In 2005, Zuzana Zemenova became the first unseeded player in NCAA history to win the NCAA singles title. Zemenova, a five-time NCAA All-American, also earned her way back to the singles title match in 2008. More recently, Scrivano coached standout Lenka Broosova to BU career records for singles and doubles victories over her four years at Baylor. Scrivano has coached his student-athletes to 26 All-America honors in his tenure, including Broosova's five and Zemenova's five honors.
Last season, Scrivano guided his team to titles in the Big 12 regular season and at the conference championship. With a solid core group made up of three seniors, Scrivano's squad produced a 26-7 overall record and ended the season ranked No. 14 in the country. BU advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the ninth time in 10 years, after earning the 11th NCAA invite in 12 years under Scrivano. The Lady Bears were at their best in Big 12 play, tallying the program's seventh undefeated (9-0) league season and the first since 2010. For a second straight season, Scrivano was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year, his fifth league honor. Individually, Scrivano helped freshman Blair Shankle have a breakout season as she led the team with 24 victories. He also mentored returning All-American Ema Burgic through injuries as she rebounded to be named the Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player. Shankle went on with partner Victoria Kisialeva to earn All-America doubles honors by advancing to the NCAA Doubles Championship quarterfinals.
In 2013, Scrivano earned Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year honors by guiding a young squad to the program's ninth consecutive NCAA appearance and ninth Big 12 regular season title. After starting the season just 7-13, Scrivano led his team to nine consecutive victories and an 8-1 conference mark. The Lady Bears finished the season with wins in 10 of their last 12 matches to post a 17-15 overall record. Baylor ended the season ranked No. 20 as Scrivano helped sophomore Ema Burgic earn Big 12 Player of the Year honors and All-American status with a final ranking of No. 11. Scrivano also coached Burgic and doubles partner Victoria Kisialeva to a final ranking of No. 10 as the duo earned All-American recognition.
In 2012, the Lady Bears finished second in the Big 12, posting a 25-8 overall record, with a 7-2 mark in conference play. Scrivano led the team to its eighth consecutive NCAA Round of 16 run. Five Lady Bears finished in the top 20 in singles, and three placed in the top 10 in doubles in the ITA Texas Region rankings.
During the 2011 season, Scrivano led the Lady Bears to their second NCAA Final Four appearance in the last four seasons and finished the year with a 29-4 record, including Big 12 regular-season and Big 12 tournament championships. Baylor ended the season ranked No. 6, marking the fourth consecutive season it finished the year in the top six.
In 2010, Scrivano's team completed its third consecutive undefeated 11-0 Big 12 regular season, then went on to win its fifth consecutive Big 12 Tournament championship. Baylor, which achieved the program's first No. 1 ranking, entered the NCAA Team Championship as the top overall seed, but fell to eventual champion Stanford, 4-2, in the quarterfinal round. Baylor held the nation's No. 1 ranking five weeks during the season.
The Lady Bears were represented in the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship by Broosova, who finished in the Round of 16, and Nina Secerbegovic, who earned a spot in the quarterfinals and ended the season with a team-best 43 singles victories. Secerbegovic and Broosova were each named All-Americans for their performance, while Broosova teamed with Csilla Borsanyi in the doubles tournament to earn All-America honors, reaching the quarterfinal round as well.
Scrivano kept the Bears at the top of the Big 12 and on the brink of a second Final Four appearance in 2009. After winning his fifth consecutive Big 12 regular-season title and fifth consecutive Big 12 Tournament title, Scrivano led the Bears to the Elite Eight before losing, 4-3, to fifth-seeded Notre Dame, ending the season ranked sixth nationally. In addition, Scrivano's doubles tandem of Broosova and Borsanyi made a spectacular run to the Final Four in NCAA Doubles action.
2008 was a banner year for the Lady Bears with a 32-3 dual match record, 11-0 in Big 12 regular-season play, midseason ranking of No. 2 in the nation and finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally.
Scrivano coached his 2007 Bears to their third consecutive Big 12 regular-season title. Scrivano's squad finished the season with a 24-7 record, capturing the Big 12 Tournament championship for the second straight season and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the third time in as many years.
In 2006-07, Baylor saw a 25-match Big 12 regular-season win streak come to an end, but the Bears quickly put the loss behind them, finishing the season with a 10-1 conference mark. In the Big 12 Tournament, held in Kansas City, Mo., Baylor marched past Nebraska (4-0) and No. 71 Oklahoma State (4-0) before facing No. 37 Texas in the championship match for the third consecutive season. The Bears out-lasted the Longhorns in a highly contested battle, earning a 4-3 victory and the tournament championship.
Baylor hosted a regional and quickly advanced to the NCAA Championship, defeating Oral Roberts (4-0) and No. 26 Texas A&M (4-1) to earn a spot in the Round of 16. For a third straight season the Bears were pitted against a top-five Florida squad that ended Baylor's season with a 4-2 victory; the Florida loss marked the third consecutive season that the Gators ended Baylor's tournament run. At season's end, the Bears earned a No. 13 ranking.
Scrivano has also had several successful individuals since coming to Baylor. In 2007, Zemenova earned her third consecutive Big 12 Player of the Year award and earned the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Award, an honor not bestowed upon a Baylor athlete since 1997. Along with Zemenova's storied success, first-year member Broosova made her mark, winning the Big 12 No. 3 singles title and earning Southwest Region Rookie of the Year honors.
In 2005-06, the Bears claimed their third Big 12 regular-season title, going undefeated (11-0) for the second-straight year, and also tallied their first-ever Big 12 postseason championship after defeating Texas in the finals. At the NCAA Tournament, Baylor soared through the first three rounds before falling to No. 4 Florida. Baylor's advancement to the quarterfinals became a first in program history.
Along with an undefeated Big 12 campaign, 2006-07 saw the netters earn a then-program-best 28-4 record. The team also received its highest ever Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) final ranking, ending the season at No. 6 in the nation.
Under Scrivano's guidance, the 2005 Bears posted a 24-6 mark and ended the year ranked No. 14 in the ITA poll. The Bears produced the program's first perfect Big 12 record, breezing through league play with an 11-0 mark. In addition, freshman sensation Zemenova claimed the NCAA singles championship becoming the first unseeded NCAA champion and en route, became the program's first singles All-American. Zemenova also was named women's tennis Honda Broderick Award winner.
Scrivano came to BU from the University of South Alabama, where he led the women's tennis team to three-straight conference championships and a like number of NCAA Tournament berths in his first three years as a head coach, Scrivano, in his first year at the helm of Baylor's women's program, accomplished the same feat. In fact, he guided the Bears to their first-ever Big 12 championship in women's tennis.
Scrivano, who was hired in July of 2002 as Baylor's associate director of intercollegiate tennis and head women's tennis coach, inherited a team that had placed fourth in the Big 12 the previous season, was bypassed for the NCAA Tournament, graduated an All-American, lost the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and returned only three position players. Scrivano was able to bring in players to bolster the roster and dramatically improved the players who returned. The result, a 9-2 Big 12 record and a conference championship. The fact that the Bears did so well was impressive given the fact that they had only one player ranked among the top 100 in singles all season and no doubles tandem ranked at all.
Scrivano knew about Baylor and its tennis facilities prior to taking the job. He got a look at the BU tennis program and facilities during the 2002 season when he brought his then-40th ranked South Alabama team to the Baylor Tennis Center and promptly handed Baylor's 19th-ranked women's team a 7-0 blanking.
While he was head coach at the University of South Alabama, the Jaguars posted a 60-18 record and won three-straight Sun Belt Conference titles in three seasons. In addition, the Jaguars made it to the Round of 16 in the 2000 NCAA Tournament and to the second round each of his last two years.
During his tenure at South Alabama, Scrivano tutored All-Americans Martina Ondrejkova and Iva Puflerova. Puflerova and Ondrejkova won the 1999 National Claycourt Doubles Championship and he guided them to the 2000 Final Four of the NCAA Doubles Championship. He also coached the combined men's and women's squad that upset Stanford, ranked No. 1 nationally, to win the 2000 World Team Tennis National Championship. Scrivano was twice named Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2001 and 2002) and was selected ITA South Region Coach of the Year in 2001.
Scrivano joined the South Alabama staff in 1999 as a men's and women's assistant coach. He helped guide the women's program to a first-ever NCAA Elite Eight appearance beating No. 8 UCLA and No. 9 Pepperdine along the way. He served as an assistant coach at Northwestern in 1998 and an assistant coach at the University of Mobile in 1997. In addition, Scrivano has coached several NCAA All-Americans and WTA Touring professionals and has also been the head coach three times for the Tennis Europe National Team which prepared U.S. juniors for ITF European tournaments.
His broad range of experiences, both in the collegiate ranks and working with U.S. juniors, serves him well in the tennis recruiting wars which are an important part of building a successful collegiate tennis program.
"I'm excited," Scrivano said. "I'm looking forward to this challenge. There are a lot of things in place here to get the job done. My goal has always been to win a national championship, and it's nice to be at a school that shares that goal."
Scrivano played collegiate tennis at Eastern Michigan University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in communication in 1997. Scrivano is a native of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
|HEAD COACHING RECORD
|Year||School||Record||Postseason||Conf. Record||Conf. Finish|
|2000||South Alabama||21-4||Round of 16||--||Champions(Sun Belt)|
|2001||South Alabama||21-6||Second Round||--||Champions(Sun Belt)|
|2002||South Alabama||18-8||Second Round||--||Champions(Sun Belt)|
|2003||Baylor||11-13||First Round||9-2||Champions(Big 12)|
|2005||Baylor||24-6||Round of 16||11-0||Champions(Big 12)|
|2007||Baylor||24-7||Round of 16||10-1||Champions(Big 12)|
|2012||Baylor||25-8||Round of 16||7-2||2nd (Big 12)|
|2013||Baylor||17-15||Second Round||8-1||Champions (Big 12)|
|2014||Baylor||26-7||Round of 16||9-0||Champions (Big 12)|
|Career||15 Seasons||346-103||14 NCAA Berths||116-10|