March 13, 2010
WACO, Texas - The ninth-ranked Baylor women's tennis team took full advantage of the chance to avenge an early season loss to No. 4 North Carolina with a 4-3 win over the Tar Heels on Saturday at the Baylor Tennis Center.
Just as they had in the win over No. 2 UCLA on Wednesday, the Lady Bears had to take care of business on the singles courts after losing the doubles point. The doubles matches against the Tar Heels each came down to the wire. The Tar Heels took a 9-7 win at No. 2 and an 8-6 win at No. 3. The No. 11 duo of Baylor's Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi moved their season record to 10-2 with a 9-8 win over No. 8 Sanaz Marand and Sophie Grabinksi.
"We had to win today," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "North Carolina is not the type of team that is going to come in here and just give you the match. You have to really take it away from them, and I felt like we did that. In doubles we didn't get the point on the board, but we made the doubles very competitive, which is obviously a big improvement from the UCLA match and from the first against North Carolina."
On the singles courts, Baylor jumped out to a commanding lead with three consecutive straight-sets victories, including wins by Baylor's 1-2 punch of No. 8 Lenka Broosova and No. 41 Nina Secerbegovic. Secerbegovic, a sophomore, made quick work of No. 32 Katrina Tsang, dropping just two games on her way to a 6-0, 6-2 win. The win also marked her 13th in a row to open the dual-match season.
On court No. 1, Broosova, who has lost just one singles match in 2010, took down No. 48 Marand by a score of 6-4, 7-5. The win moved the senior's record to 10-1 in dual-match singles play. Between the Broosova and Secerbegovic finishes, Baylor 53rd-ranked Csilla Borsanyi dominated Zoe De Bruycker 6-3, 6-1.
The Tar Heels, who has spent one week ranked No. 1 in the nation, didn't go away quietly, battling the Bears with three-set matches on each of the last three courts. UNC's Shinann Featherston defeated Baylor's No. 82 Jelena Stanivuk 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to bring the score to 3-2, but BU's Taylor Ormond slammed the door shut on Court No. 3.
Ormond took the first set 7-5, but Jelena Durisic forced a third set convincingly with a 6-1 second set. Durisic then tied the third set at 2-2, but Ormond took four of the final six games to win the set 6-4 and clinch the match for the Bears. In the final singles match, BU's Karolina Filipiak forced a third set tie-break after being down 5-2 in the final set, but couldn't complete the comeback against UNC's Grabinski.
"The serving is such a big part of T.O.'s game, if she serving the way she did today then she is an elite player," Scrivano said. "Most of them want to come out here and roll the ball back and forth and have these long rallies and all of a sudden you are asking Taylor to be a different player and that can be a challenge. To her credit she has really bought into our philosophy for her game and she is playing really well right now."
The Lady Bears will resume their Big 12 slate when they host Oklahoma State on Friday, March 19, at 5 p.m., and Oklahoma on Sunday, March 21 at 1 p.m.
SECOND SERVE: The win marked the second in a row over a top-five team after Wednesday's win over No. 2 UCLA...BU is now 9-2 this season against ranked teams, including a 4-1 mark against the Top 10 with the only loss at No. 8 Michigan...BU's Secerbegovic has lost just two sets during her 13-match singles win streak...BU's Ormond is on a four-match singles win streak after dropping four of the previous seven.