May 27, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - Lenka Broosova and Nina Secerbegovic earned a spot in the NCAA Singles Round of 16, while Broosova teamed with Csilla Borsanyi to earn the same right in the NCAA Doubles Championships on Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
In singles play, Broosova was able to build on the momentum she created in her final two sets yesterday in the Round of 64. The fifth-ranked senior advanced into the Round of 16 with a win over Arkansas' 29th-ranked Anouk Tigu. Broosova took control early in the match with a 6-3 first set, then thoroughly dominated the second set without dropping a game, 6-0.
"Lenka just played a great match," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "She was an all-star from start to finish, and played a really clean match."
Broosova will take on Miami's 40th-ranked Bianca Eichkorn in her next match with a chance to make the NCAA Quarterfinal on Friday for the second time in her career. Eichkorn reach the Round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Arizona State's Micaela Hein in her Round of 32 match at 10 a.m.
Eichkorn possesses a fairly deep history of success against BU and Broosova. Last season, Eichkorn beat Broosova in three sets in a 4-2 dual-match win for Baylor, and then beat BU's Taylor Ormond in the Round of 64 in last season's NCAA Singles Championships. This season, Eichkorn knocked off BU's Csilla Borsanyi in dual-match action, despite Baylor taking a 4-3 win.
Also in singles, Secerbegovic got a win will play in the Round of 16 in her first NCAA individual appearance, officially earning her the first All-America accolade of her career. The sophomore took down 37th-ranked Danielle Lao of USC in three sets. Secerbegovic got off to a hot start with a 6-1 first set win, but Lao battled back to take the second set 6-3. In the third, Secerbegovic again found her stroke with a 6-3 win.
"I am really excited for Nina that she is an an All-American," Scrivano said. "She is very deserving of it and has worked so hard this season to mature and improve every day. It's great to see her get rewarded."
Secerbegovic, who won her 14th consecutive match on Thursday, will face an equally streaking player in Duke's 47th-ranked Ellah Nze on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Nze earned her spot in the Round of 16 with a win over Boise State's Pichittra Thongdach 6-4, 7-6 (4). Secerbegovic will be looking to avenge a 4-3 dual-match loss to Duke last season, where Nze recorded a point with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win over Borsanyi.
On the doubles court, Broosova and Borsanyi got into a battle with Cal Poly's 48th-ranked duo Brittany Blalock and Suzie Matzenauer. The 11th-ranked Baylor pair cruised to a 6-3 first-set win, but quickly found themselves down 3-1 in the second set. BU rallied to tie the set at 6-6, but Cal Poly won the tie-break easily 7-2. In the third set, it was looking like the end of the doubles season for the pair, but down 5-2, they regained their strokes and won five games in a row for a 7-5 win.
"In doubles, we were up and down, really let that second set slip away," Scrivano said. "Then in the third, down 5-2, they calmed down and just hit the shots to get the win."
The Baylor duo will take on Clemson's seventh-ranked tandem of Josipa Bek and Ina Hadziselimovic, who is seeded in the 5-8 group in the tournament, on Friday at 3 p.m. The Tigers defeated Marshall's Michaela Kissell and Dominica Zaprazna by a score of 7-6, 6-4 in their first-round match.
Both singles matches, as well as the doubles match, will take place on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia. Live scoring can be found on the Championship Central page at www.NCAA.com.