May 28, 2011
- In a back-and-forth match that went down to the wire, Baylor's Nina Secerbegovic
was ousted in three sets at the NCAA Singles Championship on Saturday in Stanford, Calif.
Secerbegovic got off to a strong start against the red-hot Stacey Tan of Stanford, getting a late break to take the first set 7-5. But in the second set, Tan found her stroke on her way to a 6-1 win.
The third set featured a roller-coaster ride for both players, with Tan striking the first blow. The Stanford sophomore broke Secerbegovic to start the match and went up 3-1 before Secerbegovic responded with three straight games to go up 4-3. From there, Tan once again came up with the finishing touch, taking the last three games to win the set 6-4.
Secerbegovic ends the season with a team-leading 31 wins, while only suffering six losses in singles play. The win total marks the second consecutive season that Secerbegovic has lead the Lady Bears in victories, while also reaching the NCAA individual quarterfinals in singles. She also earned All-America honors in singles for the second time.
With Secerbegovic being the final Baylor player still in action at the NCAA Championships, the Lady Bears' season officially ends with five players with at least 25 singles victories and a 29-4 team record.