Feb. 14, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - Baylor's fifth-ranked women's tennis team shook off a quarterfinal loss to dominate eighth-ranked USC in consolation play at the ITA National Team Indoor in Madison, Wis.
The Lady Bears suffered their first loss of the season in yesterday's quarterfinal round, but showed no ill effects in a 5-2 defeat of USC. Senior Lenka Broosova battled back from down a set to No. 8 Maria Sanchez, to take down her highest-ranked opponent of the season for the clinching point. Sanchez took the first set 6-2, but Broosova regrouped, winning set two 6-4 and set three 6-1.
"We really challenged the team after yesterday's tough loss," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "They needed to step up today, and they did. That's the sign of a great team when you are asked to step up in a pressure situation. That's what its all about."
Broosova's comeback came on the heels of Karolina Filipiak's 6-1, 6-0 dismantling of Leyla Entekhabi, and Nina Secerbegovic's team-leading sixth singles win of the season. Secerbegovic and Taylor Ormond, like Broosova, each beat a higher-ranked opponent. The 24th-ranked Secerbegovic beat No. Danielle Lao 6-3, 6-3, while Ormond, unranked, beat No. 37 Valeria Pulido 6-4, 6-2.
"There was a lot of MVPs out there for us today," Scrivano said. "That's what it takes to win big matches. You can't rely on any one player, everybody has the ball. It takes a total team effort to beat a great team like USC."
Baylor took the doubles point earlier in the day, getting wins at No. 1 and No. 3. In the top position Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi, ranked No. 13, won convincingly, 8-4, while Nina Secerbegovic and Filipiak clinched the point with an 8-5 win.
"Lenka and Csilla learned from yesterday's doubles loss, and come out and put together a great performance," Scrivano said. "I felt like all three doubles competed really hard. They played some great tennis."
Baylor (5-1) will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 20, against No. 37 Pepperdine at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Bears and Waves will start the first match at 2 p.m.