Feb. 1, 2012
WACO, Texas– Facing its first top-50 opponent of the season, Baylor showed why it has a No. 5 ranking, dominating singles for a 6-1 win over No. 47 TCU on Wednesday night at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor singles lineup proved to be a huge advantage against a solid TCU squad that featured two ranked players. The Lady Bears took straight set victories on the first five courts to finish, putting the match out of reach. Senior Nina Secerbegovic continued her hot start to the dual-match season, clinching the team win with her ninth straight victory in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Simona Parajova.
“We knew coming in that TCU had a great team, and we were preparing like we were playing a top-15 team,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “There is no question that by the end of the season, they are going to be ranked that high. It was important for us to start strong, and I was really proud of the way we competed in doubles. Neither team played really well, but we found a way to win. This match was the perfect next step for us this season. We needed to play a team with this much talent, because Saturday is going to be a whole other level [against top-ranked Florida].”
The most dominant of the wins came on Courts 4 and 5 for Baylor with sophomore Jordaan Sanford and freshman Ema Burgic. Sanford was second to finish, but lost just one game to TCU’s Millie Nichols in a 6-0, 6-1 win. Burgic, meanwhile, won three straight games to close out the first set 6-3, then dominated the second set 6-1 over Federica Denti.
Adding on to the team victory, senior Diana Nakic grabbed a win on Court 1 with a 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 114 Olivia Smith. Fellow senior Sona Novakova made the team score 6-0 with a win over No. 92 Stefanie Tan 6-3, 6-4. TCU claimed the final point of the day with a win by Gaby Mastromarino in three sets over Megan Horter, 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (12-10).
In doubles, Scrivano changed the lineup with new pairs and new positions, but got the results the team needed. Baylor’s first win came from the first-time combo of Burgic and Novakova on Court 3. They were able to get early break points and cruise to an 8-4 win over Tan and Parajova. On Court 1, Nakic and Sanford teamed together for the first time since October and looked solid, taking down the 31st-ranked duo of Smith and Nichols 8-3 to clinch the point.
Baylor will be back in action hosting defending-NCAA champion and No. 1-ranked Florida on Saturday, Feb. 4 at noon at the Hurd Tennis Center.