Jan. 6, 2012
HONOLULU- Baylor's sixth-ranked women's tennis team kicked off its eighth consecutive season with a win, taking a 5-2 victory over Penn State on Friday in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Baylor started the day with victories at the top two spots in doubles to claim the first point of the season. At the top spot, the Lady Bears' senior duo of senior Nina Secerbegovic and sophomore Jordaan Sanford earned an 8-4 victory over PSU's Petra Januskova and Nina Sertic. At the No. 2 spot in doubles, Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova were able to earn an 8-4 win as well, taking down the Nittany Lions' Fernanda Perrotta and Marie-Frederique Bedard.
"We have to give credit to Penn State, they really came out and pushed us," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "They are a well-coached team that came out on a mission. We didn't play our best, but we found a way to win against a team that was really motivated to beat us. There is no substitute for match-play, and we got a lot of sets under our belt today so we should be sharper tomorrow. We are hoping to have Nicole Kosakowski back out there, and are optimistic that she can play against Hawai'i."
In singles, Baylor took victories in four of the six matches, losing only at No. 1 and No. 6. Secerbegovic and Sanford each claimed straight-set wins to set up the final point for Novakova to clinch. Freshman Megan Horter then added the first dual-match singles victory of her career for the fifth point.
Sanford too the most dominating victory of the day for the Lady Bears, losing just one game in each set for a 6-1, 6-1 win over PSU's Marie Frederique Bedard. Secerbegovic then added a victory of her own with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Carmen Sandor.
Novakova notched the deciding fourth point for Baylor, coming from a set down to defeate Chelsea Utting at the No. 3 spot in three sets, Utting took the first set 7-5, but Novakova showed her game with set-wins of 6-1 and 6-2 to take the match.
Horter, meanwhile, battled through a tough match against former Kansas State player Nina Sertic, who transferred to Penn State this fall. Sertic won the first set 6-4, but Horter controlled the next two sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Baylor will be back on the court on Saturday, taking on the host Hawai'i at the UH Tennis Center at 11 a.m. HT/3 p.m. CT. On Thursday, Hawai'I defeated Penn State 4-3 with victories in four singles matches, after dropping the doubles point.