May 9, 2009
WACO, Texas -
The fourth-ranked Baylor women's tennis team won three singles matches in straight sets as the Lady Bears cruised past UT-Arlington, 4-0, in first round action of the 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center.
With the win, Baylor improves to 25-4 overall this season, while UTA ends the year with a 14-7 record.
Baylor advances to the second round of the NCAA Championships and will face No. 23 SMU on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Mustangs defeated No. 39 Texas A&M, 4-1, in the first match of the day.
"I thought that we played well in doubles and that really carried over to singles," said head coach Joey Scrivano. "Our players were very focused today. UTA is good team; they really pushed us at several spots. But we were able to play well and advance."
Baylor opened play by winning the doubles point. No. 65 Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk rolled over Nikola Matovicova and Maria Martinez, 8-1, on court two. The Lady Bears clinched the point on court one as No. 13 Csilla Borsanyi and Lenka Broosova defeated Klara Jagosova and Daiana Negreanu, 8-2.
In singles action, No. 33 Broosova was the first off with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Negreanu on court two. No. 70 Borsanyi followed with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Katarina Mlcochova at No. 4 singles. No. 44 Stanivuk clinched the match for Baylor with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Jagosova on court three.
"Lenka is a great frontrunner," said Scrivano. "She gets a lead and then she plays tough. She is one of the best players in the country with a lead."
Baylor returns to action on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. against No. 23 SMU at the Baylor Tennis Center. The winner will advance to the Round of 16 at the 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships held in College Station, Texas.