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No. 12 WT Advances at Big 12 With 4-1 Win

(11-13) Rank: #47
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Complete Results | Highlights

(23-6) Rank: #12
Ritchie d. #15 Nakic 0-6, 7-5, 6-2
#22 Secerbegovic vs. Huet 3-6, 6-3, 3-1, unfinished
#45 Novakova vs. Lancaster 2-6, 7-6(7), 1-0, unfinished
Burgic d. Mera 7-6(4), 6-2
Sanford d. Long 6-1, 6-2
Horter d. Wofford 7-6 (3), 6-2

#35 Huet/Ritchie #13 Secerbegovic/Burgic 8-5
Nakic/Horter d. Melrose/Lancaster 8-5 
Novakova/Kosakowski d. Long/Wofford 8-5

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April 27, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor's 12th-ranked women's tennis team battled through windy conditions to defeat a gritty No. 47 Oklahoma team 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship in College Station, Texas.

The second-seeded Lady Bears (22-6) fell behind multiple times during the match, but overcame an opening defeat in doubles and erased big first-set deficits on two courts in singles to earn the semifinal berth over the seventh-seeded Sooners (11-13). The win gives Baylor its ninth in a row in the Big 12 quarterfinals, and keeps it alive to attempt to win its seventh consecutive league tournament title.

"They have a good team, a really good team," head coach Joey Scrivanosaid. "We were fortunate to come through. We just battled. That is the thing that I am most pleased about. The conditions were obviously really tough, and we just kept competing on all of the courts. That is all you can ask for."

Oklahoma's 35th-ranked pair of Marie-Pier Huet came out in doubles and captured the first victory of the day in upset fashion, 8-5, over Baylor's 13th-ranked duo of Nina Secerbegovic and Ema Burgic. The loss for the Baylor pair snaps a five-match win streak.

However, Baylor bounced back with two new pairs on Courts 2 and 3. The team of Megan Horter and Diana Nakic partnered for the first time since the opening tournament of the fall, and held off OU's Abbi Melrose and Mia Lancaster 8-5. On Court 3, the first-time pairing of Nicole Kosakowski and Sona Novakovawon the clincher, taking an 8-5 win over Nicole Long and Whitney Wofford.

"It is just another point," Scrivano said. "The name of the game is you have to get to four points. Today it did come in handy because we were struggling in singles. That had a lot to do with Oklahoma."

In singles, Oklahoma appeared to be on its way to staging an upset, winning the first set on three courts and leading two others 4-1. Baylor's lone first-set win at the time came from Jordaan Sanford, who posted a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Long on Court 5 to give the Lady Bears a 2-0.

Sanford's win seemed to spark Baylor's Burgic on Court 4 and Horter on Court 6, both of whom were trailing 4-1 in their opening sets. Both players, however, came back to win a first-set tiebreak. Horter took her tiebreak 7-6(3) and finished 6-2 to give Baylor its third point, and Burgic won hers 7-6(4) and 6-2 to clinch the match, 4-1.

"The biggest thing today that helped us is that we turned two matchups that we lost in the regular season," Scrivano said. "For us to have the success in the postseason that we want, our freshman developing is a big key. We were noticing [over] the last month that the freshman were playing better, and I think today was a big breakthrough for us. If we can get our whole team to compete hard from start to finish then I think we are a pretty darn tough team to play."

Baylor's lone loss came at on Court 1 with OU's Whitney Ritchie coming from behind to beat No. 15 Diana Nakic0-6, 7-5, 6-2 prior to the final BU point.

Baylor will now face tournament host and third-seeded Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championships semifinals on Saturday. The first serve is slated for 2 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.



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