May 26, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Baylor's doubles team of Nina Secerbegovic and Ema Burgic saw their impressive run come to an end in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Doubles Championship on Saturday in Athens, Ga.
The Baylor duo earned ITA All-America honors with their advancement to the quarterfinals, but were outlasted in a three-set battle against UCLA's ninth-ranked pair of Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez.
"Today was a tough day on a couple of levels," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "Obviously, losing is always difficult, but especially when you have the ability to win. The UCLA team is very good, but I know Ema and Nina wish they could replay some of those key points late in the match. Overall, our execution was off but the way the ladies competed was terrific."
The Lady Bruins jumped out to a lead with a 6-1 first set, but Secerbegovic and Burgic regrouped to stay alive with a 6-3 win in the second. In the final set, the Lady Bears held the match on serve through the first five games, but UCLA was able to pull away with a closing 6-3.
Baylor's doubles tandem finished the season with an 11-6 mark that includes a 5-3 mark over top-30 opponents.
"It's a sad day to see one of our best player's ever [Secerbegovic] end her college career today," Scrivano said. "Nina's level of consistency over the past four years has been absolutely amazing. It will be a challenge to replace her and the other seniors moving forward. On the bright side, Ema is developing into an elite player. She has prevailed through a lot of adversity this season to become an All-American. I'm confident she will use this experience to help lead our new team into next season. Overall, we are very excited about our team for next year and can't wait to begin the developmental process.
The loss also wraps up the season for the Lady Bears. All-told, the team finished with a 25-8 record and a berth into its eighth consecutive NCAA Round of 16, while the players individually earned All-America and All-Big 12 honors in both singles and doubles.