May 16, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
Baylor's NCAA Championship round of 16 match against Stanford proved to be a marathon, one which the Bears won, 4-3, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M. It took the Bears almost seven hours of court play to claim the victory, play ended at 2:12 a.m.
Moments after doubles were completed, the power went off (8:20 p.m.) at the tennis complex, plunging all 12 courts into darkness. Partial power was restored an hour and 15 minutes later and singles play began at 9:35 for the top three Baylor/Stanford singles matches and all six courts of the Notre Dame/Clemson contest. Baylor and Stanford's other three singles matches began after the completion of the Notre Dame/Clemson match which Notre Dame won 4-0.
Before starting to explain the marathon portion of the match, here's a review of how the doubles point played out. Stanford took the doubles point, winning on court three and one, respectively. The Cardinal's Logan Hansen and Veronica Li easily disposed of Nina Secerbegovic and Kasia Siwosz, 8-1. At the top spot with the score tied at 4-4, Baylor and Stanford started trading service breaks. Then with the match tied at 6-6, BU's Lenka Broosova was serving and the Bears held a 40-15 lead. Stanford hit long but Broosova's call was overruled and Stanford's eighth-ranked tandem of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette went on to win the game, taking a 7-6 lead. The Cardinal held serve and won the match, 8-6, and claim the doubles point over No. 13 Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi. At No. 2 doubles, Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk led 6-5 over Carolin McVeigh and Jessica Nguyen when play was halted.
Once singles finally began, Broosova, ranked No. 33 and playing at No. 2, breezed past 88th-ranked Burdette, 6-3, 6-1, to even the match at one apiece. Despite losing the first set 4-6, Stanivuk rebounded to take the next two sets, 6-3, 6-1. Even though she lost the first set, Stanivuk clearly gained momentum after falling behind 1-5 then winning four of the next five games. Stanford's seventh-ranked Barte posted a straight sets win over No. 39 Ormond at No. 1 singles, 7-1, 7-5 to knot the match at 2-2.
By this time play had just begun on Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles. Secerbegovic, a freshman, gained Baylor's third point by downing 101st-ranked McVeigh on court. After dueling to a 6-6 tie in the first set, Secerbegovic won the tiebreaker 7-2 to claim the first set 7-6. She went on to cruise to a 6-2 second-set triumph. On court six, after dropping the first set to Baylor's Siwosz, 6-1, Hansen rebounded to take the next two sets by identical 6-3 score to tie the match at three points each.
The pressure was now on the 70th-ranked Borsanyi who had fallen behind in the first set 0-5 but managed to climb back into the match despite eventually losing that set 6-4 to Li. Borsanyi built on that momentum to win the second set 6-2. When the Hansen/Siwosz match ended, Borsanyi and Li were tied at 1-1 in the third set. After a three hour and 12 minute tussle, Borsanyi clinch the match for the Bears with a 6-4 win.
"Stanford played a great match. No one deserved to lose tonight. We were very fortunate to win. We didn't play our best tennis. Stanford was really on top of us from the beginning of the night. We just stuck around. I'm still in a little bit of a shock that we won it, because it didn't look good for a long time. It looked like everything was against us. This was a huge win for us," said head coach Joey Scrivano.
"I don't really have words. I'm way too excited right now. I'm really happy that I could pull it out for my team" said Borsanyi. "The match was really tough. We were right there with each other. I think it just came down to who wanted it more and I really wanted it. I just had to stay focused on my game. I've had the experience in each of my years to be in a position to clinch matches, so I am lucky that I could handle it tonight."
With the victory, Baylor extended its win streak to 21 matches and advances to the tournament's quarterfinals for the second straight season. All four of Baylor's singles winners extended their already impressive win streaks. Secerbegovic won her 20th straight match while Borsanyi extended her streak to 19, Broosova made it 18 in a row and Stanivuk has now won 16 straight.
Baylor raised its season record to 27-4 while Stanford ended its season at 19-5. The Bears will now play fifth-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday at 5 p.m.
#4 Baylor 4, #13 Stanford 3
NCAA Championships Round of 16
May 15, 2009 at College Station, Texas
(George P. Mitchell Tennis Center)
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1, 5, 6, 4
1. #7 Hilary Barte (STAN) def. #39 Taylor Ormond (BU) 6-1, 7-5
2. #33 Lenka Broosova ((BU) def. #88 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) 6-3, 6-1
3. #44 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. #73 #73 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. #70 Csilla Borsanyi (BU) def. Veronica Li (STAN) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. #101 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 7-6(2), 6-2
6. Logan Hansen (STAN) def. Kasia Siwosz (BU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 1
1. #8 Barte/Burdette (STAN) def. #13 Broosova/Borsanyi (BU) 8-6
2. #65 Ormond/Stanivuk (BU) vs. #38 McVeigh/Nguyen (STAN) 6-5 unfinished
3. Hansen/Li (STAN) def. Secerbegovic/Siwosz (BU) 8-1