April 1, 2012
WACO, Texas - No. 11 Baylor responded in a big way after dropping the doubles point, coming back to sweep all six singles matches in a 6-1 win over No. 42 Oklahoma State on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor's struggles in doubles play continued with their 10th loss in the last 12 matches, but the Lady Bears singles lineup continued to be one of the best in the nation. Against OSU (10-6, 4-3), the Lady Bears controlled play on all six courts, winning each in straight sets to move their record to 17-5, 4-1 in Big 12 play.
"I was really disappointed in the way we came out and played doubles today. It was a really frustrating lack of focus," head coach Joey Scrivanosaid. "But, we got a big lift from Megan (Horter) and Jordaan (Sanford) in the way they competed in singles. This team keeps finding different ways to win, but we've got to get better."
BU got a huge boost on Court 6 from freshman Megan Horter. Entering the match, Baylor was a combined 0-19 at the bottom position in the lineup and Horter had a 12-match losing streak, but she quickly erased an early 3-1 deficit. Horter went on to win 11 of the final 12 games to dominate OSU's Isabel Miro 6-3, 6-1.
"Today was a huge breakthrough for Megan," Scrivano said. "That was huge for her to come out and get a win like that. She's been knocking on the door lately, and today she knocked it in."
Horter's freshman teammate Ema Burgicadded the next win shortly after, taking down Kanyapat Narattana on Court 4 6-4, 6-2 to give Baylor a 2-0 edge.
The Baylor seniors then stepped in to finish off the Cowgirls. First, No. 13 Diana Nakic took down 120th-ranked C.C. Sardinha 6-2, 6-3 on Court 1, and then No. 22 Nina Secerbegovicclinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win over OSU's Malika Rose on Court 2.
Senior Sona Novakova added a 6-4, 6-4 win over Meghan Blevins to give Baylor its fifth point and end a streak of four consecutive 4-3 wins by the Lady Bears. Jordaan Sanfordmade it 6-1 Baylor with a 7-6(4), 6-2 win over Mary Jeremiah on Court 5 to complete the singles sweep.
Oklahoma State won all three doubles matches to start the day. The Rose/Narattana duo defeated No. 22 Secerbegovic and Burgic 8-6 on Court 1, and Blevins and Jeremiah took down Novakova and Nakic 8-4 on Court 2. Leyla Simmons and Sardinha won 8-3 on Court 3 over Sanford and Horter.
Baylor will be back in action at the Hurd Tennis Center on Thursday, hosting No. 16 Texas A&M at 6 p.m. The match is Baylor's fifth in a row in Big 12 play.