Feb. 15, 2009
MADISON, Wis. -
Eighth-ranked Duke won four singles matches to upset the fourth-ranked Baylor women's tennis team on Sunday afternoon at the ITA National Indoor Championships.
The 4-3 loss is the second-straight for Baylor who dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday. Baylor loses two straight matches for the first time since the Lady Bears dropped three straight during the 2007 season.
"We played with a lot more substance and discipline today, but Duke was just too good," said head coach Joey Scrivano. "They were definitely our toughest opponent this weekend. We have to get better and the only way to do that is to work."
For the first time in the tournament, Baylor captured the doubles point. Third-ranked Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi knocked off No. 20 Melissa Mang and Amanda Granson on court one, 8-3, while Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk defeated Jessi Robinson and Mallory Cecil on court two by an 8-3 score. On court three, Nina Secerbegovic and Kasia Siwosz fell to Ellah Nze and Reka Zsilinszka, 8-6.
Duke tied the score at 1-1 as Mang defeated Karolina Filipiak, 6-1, 6-2, on court five, and took the lead as No. 56 Zsilinszka downed Broosova, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 3 singles. The loss snaps Broosova's 23-match winning streak in dual match play.
No. 65 Stanivuk evened the score for Baylor with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win over No. 48 Granson on court four, and the Lady Bears took a 3-2 lead as Secerbegovic defeated Robinson 7-5, 6-4 on court six.
Cecil downed No. 19 Ormond, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on court one, and No. 43 Nze defeated No. 32 Borsanyi in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, on court two to seal the win for the Blue Devils.
With the loss Baylor falls to 3-2 on the season. Baylor returns to action on Feb. 21 as the Lady Bears play host to No. 15 Miami at 1 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center.