Jan. 20, 2012
WACO, Texas - Baylor's sixth-ranked women's tennis team had a different look, but came up with a familiar result in a 5-2 win over Prairie View A&M on Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center. The victory gives Baylor its third straight win to open the season.
With the Thursday addition of Baylor volleyball's Zoe Adom and Brittany Ridenour and soccer's Dana Larsen due to an injury-depleted roster, the Lady Bears (3-0) took to the hard courts with a lineup that featured only three players that were on the roster last season. In total, five newcomers saw action for Baylor on Friday.
"I'm really proud of Dana, Brittany and Zoe," Scrivano said. "They are just great kids. It says so much about them to come out and help us on such short notice. We have a ton of respect for them, and we hope they had fun."
Baylor went down early in the matches, suffering two defeats in doubles to the Panthers (0-1) to face a 1-0 deficit. Only the team of Nina Secerbegovic and Megan Horter were able to earn a doubles win. But, the group of returners for the Lady Bears shouldered the load in singles and helped lead the team to five victories in the six matches for the team win.
"Prairie View showed up and they competed hard," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "I loved the fact that we had an adverse situation. The quicker that your team goes through that, the better. That's a real blessing in disguise that we had to refocus and play well in singles."
In singles, sophomore transfer Jordaan Sanford helped get things started with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win at the No. 3 spot against the Panthers' Lerato Ndlovu. Sophomore Abby Stainback followed with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Alejandra Barrera at No. 5 to put Baylor ahead for good.
Secerbegovic wasn't far behind with her 6-1, 6-0 finish over Brittany Harrell in the top spot, but Prairie View battled back to make it 3-2 with a win over Larsen at No. 6 from Alix Thomas. Meanwhile, the Lady Bears had healthy leads in each of the two remaining matches to seal the victory.
The clincher came from the freshman Horter on No. 4 with a straight-set 6-4, 6-1 win over Christina Ngo Gwodog. Senior Sona Novakova then added a win on No. 2 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Baylor will be back on the court on Saturday with a 1 p.m. match against Houston. The match is the first of the season for the Cougars.