April 22, 2012
WACO, Texas - No. 13 Baylor didn't drop set in singles or doubles on the way to a 7-0 shutout win over No. 44 Missouri on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor (21-6, 6-2) got off to a hot start in doubles on the way to its second consecutive shutout win. The Lady Bears needed just two hours, 40 minutes to sweep the Tigers.
"It was great to see us execute that well in both singles and doubles against a quality team," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "Missouri's coaching staff has done a great job of putting them in position to make the NCAA tournament. We had to play some great tennis today to beat them. I really liked the way we came out and attacked the ball."
In doubles action, the senior duo of Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic won the first five games of their match on the way to an 8-1 win, while 17th-ranked pair of Nina Secerbegovic and Ema Burgic methodically took down MU's Nina Pantic and Jamie Mera with a finishing break-point, 8-3.
With the doubles point already closed out, the team of freshmen Nicole Kosakowksi and Megan Horter fought back from down 3-2 to take the last six games and win 8-3.
In singles, the Lady Bears dominated from the outset, winning all 12 sets across the six courts. The top four in Baylor's lineup lost only a combined four games, led by a 6-0, 6-0 win from No. 47 Sona Novakova over Alex Clark on Court 3. No. 12 Diana Nakic took down the Tigers' Maria Christenson 6-0, 6-1 on Court 2, and Ema Burgic defeated Mera on Court 4 6-0, 6-1 to clinch the match for Baylor.
No. 27 Secerbegovic kept her winning ways and added to Baylor's point total with her 10th consecutive win on Court 1, going 6-0, 6-2 over Pantic.
Baylor's pair of freshmen each added another win on the day as well. Kosakowski finished first on Court 6 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ashleigh Chiaf, while Horter closed out the day with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Annemijn Koenen on Court 5.
Baylor will play its regular season finale tomorrow when it hosts Iowa State at 5:30 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.