March 25, 2012
WAMEGO, Kan. - Baylor's 13th-ranked women's tennis team showed more grit on Sunday, gathering its second 4-3 win in as many days, against No. 75 Kansas State at the Wamego Recreation Complex in Wamego, Kan.
After defeating the University of Kansas 4-3 on Saturday, Baylor found itself relying on the top of the lineup again to come away with its second consecutive Big 12 win. The Lady Bears have now claimed a 4-3 victory in four of its last eight matches.
"It was another tough Big 12 match, and we are definitely growing as a team and finding a way to win," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "Going through matches like this is going to be good for us in the long run. Diana (Nakic) came through and held off one of the best players in the league. We're really proud of the way this team is showing its toughness and character."
Against Kansas State, Baylor quickly found itself in a 1-0 hole with a doubles point, but the senior trio of Diana Nakic, Nina Secerbegovic and Sona Novakova, as well as freshman Ema Burgic combined for a comeback effort with wins on Courts 1-4 in singles.
No. 27 Secerbegovic, No. 53 Novakova and Burgic were cruising to wins on Courts 2-4, but No. 13 Nakic was in a hole early against 30th-ranked Petra Niedermayerova, the defending Big 12 Player of the Year.
Secerbegovic claimed the first victory, a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 83 Karla Bonacic, to tie the score at 1-1, and Novakova added a 6-2, 6-1 win over Carli Wischhoff for a short-lived BU lead.
KSU's Carmen Borau Ramos finished a 6-1, 6-3 win over Abby Stainback on Court 6, but the Lady Bears took the lead back shortly after with a win from Burgic on Court 4. Burgic took down Marketa Trousilova 6-0, 6-1 to put Baylor in position to clinch a win.
The Wildcats responded with a win on Court 5 to put the pressure on the Nakic/Niedermayerova match, which was knotted at one set each and tied 5-5 in the third. Baylor's Nakic then seized control with a service break and a hold of serve to take the set 7-5 and clinch the match.
In doubles, Baylor collected just one victory, a 9-8(2) win by Novakova and Nakic over Petra Chuda and Borau Ramos on Court 2. On Court 1, the previously undefeated Baylor duo of Secerbegovic and Burgic fell for the first time in their five matches together to Niedermayerova and Bonacic.
Baylor will continue Big 12 play its next time out, hosting 44th-ranked Oklahoma on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center, followed by a showdown with No. 42 Oklahoma State at home on Sunday.