May 2, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - Baylor's women's tennis team won its fifth-straight Big 12 Championship crown with its 4-0 win over the University of Texas on Sunday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Texas. For the second straight year, Csilla Borsanyi was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
The win marks Baylor's fifth straight over Texas in the league championship title match and the second by a 4-0 score. The No. 1 ranked and top-seeded Lady Bears improved their season record to 27-2 and extended their win streak to 21 matches, while second-seeded and 18th-ranked Texas falls to 17-5.
"It was a tough one today. Texas played really well and we had to play our best tennis to close it out. We were very fortunate to win. It is not easy to beat a team like Texas, an in-state rival, two times in Austin. I am really proud of my players. They did a great job and found a way to win today," said head coach Joey Scrivano. In doubles Baylor never let the Longhorns in the match on courts two and three. Taylor Ormond and Carla Lindlar, playing at No. 3 doubles for the Lady Bears, raced out to a 6-0 lead before allowing the Texas tandem of Sarah Lancaster and Caroline Larsson to get on the scoreboard. The BU duo went on to rack up an 8-1 win. BU's Jelena Stanivuk and Nina Secerbegovic raised their season record as a doubles tandem to 13-0 with their 8-3 victory over Amanda Craddock and Krista Damico. When play was suspended, Baylor's 11th-ranked duo of Lenka Broosova and Borsanyi were tied at 5-5 with 36th-ranked Vanja Corovic and Aeriel Ellis.
Baylor quickly put two more points on the board when in singles Stanivuk, playing at No. 5, dispatched UT's Maggie Mello, 6-1, 6-2. Next off the court was the 98th-ranked Borsanyi who produced a 6-3, 6-3 win over Lancaster at No. 4. From then on, it was just a wait and see game as to who would produce the winning point. Broosova, Secerbegovic and Karolina Filipiac were all in their third set fighting for the final point but it was Secerbegovic who came through for the Lady Bears, clinching the match.
After taking the first set 7-5 at No. 2, Secerbegovic lost the second 6-3 to Damico. Secerbegovic then raced out to a 5-1 third-set lead and went on to win 6-3. Filipiak, playing at No. 6, took the first set 6-4 before dropping the second 1-6. She claimed a 4-1 lead in the third before letting Larsson back onto the match, they were tied at 5-5 when play was suspended. Broosova, playing at the top spot had lost the first set to UT's Ellis, 6-4, but rebounded to take the second set 6-2. The duo was tied 6-6 in the final set and were playing a tiebreaker when action was halted. In another tight match, BU's Ormond and UT's Corovic, playing at No. 3, were tied when BU won the match. Ormond trailed 5-1 in the first let but rebounded to make it tight, eventually losing 7-5. But Ormond rebounded and took the second set 6-3. Corovic led 4-3 when the match ended.
"We were very confident that fourth point was going to show up. Texas is a good team, you are not going to be able to just beat them down and win easily. I knew going in it was going to be a very tough match and it was," said Scrivano. ""There were a lot of players today that were deserving of that MVP, but Csilla (Borsanyi) is playing really well right now and on a hot streak. I am thankful for it, because it has made an impact down the stretch. That was a point early in the season that we weren't counting on and now it is basically our strongest point right now," he added.