April 5, 2012
WACO, Texas - Freshman Megan Horter survived a furious rally on Court 6 to win in a tiebreaker and clinch the team victory for No. 12 Baylor, 5-2, over No. 21 Texas A&M on Thursday night at the Hurd Tennis Center.
With Baylor clinging to a 3-2 lead and the final two match in tiebreakers, Horter claimed her third-set tiebreaker, 6-0, 2-6, 7-6(4) over Texas A&M's Janine Erasmus on Court 6 to help Baylor finish off the Aggies.
Texas A&M came out and took the doubles point, but Baylor battled back to take the first two singles and their first lead of the match at 2-1. From there, Baylor made it 3-2 with a win from Nina Secerbegovic, followed by the clincher from Horter.
"We've seen in practice that Megan (Horter) has been a different player," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "She has a very good understanding of her game, and she's really stubborn. She's not going to go down easy. Megan just out-willed Erasmus today. "
The win is the sixth in a row for Baylor and moves its record to 18-5 on the season, including a 5-1 mark in Big 12 play. It marks just the second loss of the season for Texas A&M and first in Big 12 play, moving it to 13-2, 4-1.
A&M came out firing in doubles on Courts 2 and 3, taking 8-5 wins on each to earn the doubles point. The Aggies' Janelle Cuthbertson and Nazari Urbina defeated Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic on Court 2, while Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce took down BU's Jordaan Sanford and Nicole Kosakowski. Baylor's No. 1 duo of Ema Burgic and Nina Secerbegovic claimed a win over Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun 8-5.
But, the Lady Bears came out and grabbed two quick wins in singles to get back in the lead at 2-1. On Court 4, freshman Burgic dispatched of the Aggies' Santacroce 6-2, 6-2. Sanford then followed with her third consecutive win with a defeat of Cuthbertson on Court 5, 6-3, 6-3.
Texas A&M responded with a tying point from seventh-ranked Sanchez-Quintanar on Court 1. She defeated Baylor's 13th-ranked Diana Nakic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
On Court 2, 24th-ranked Secerbegovic then helped Baylor take the lead back with a come-from-behind win on C2 over No. 101 Urbina. Secerbegovic fell behind after the first set, 6-2, but battled back to go 6-4, 6-4 in the final two sets to win.
After Horter's clinching point, Novakova then added another victory of her own in a third-set tiebreak for Baylor's final point of the day. The 46th-ranked senior defeated 73rd-ranked Wen, 7-5, 0-6, 7-6(2).
Baylor will be back in action at the Hurd Tennis Center on Saturday, hosting No. 18 Notre Dame at noon.