Oct. 15, 2011
WACO, Texas– Senior Diana Nakic and Baylor’s doubles combo of Jordaan Sanford and Nicole Kosakowski each earned semifinal berths on Saturday at the HEB Baylor Invitational at the Hurd Tennis Center.
“It’s really early in the season, but this tournament has been a good chance for us to go out and improve,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We had a good day on the courts, and I’m happy that we have some players in the semifinals.”
Nakic, seeded third in the tournament and ranked 28th, closed out two straight-set victories on the day. In her first match, Nakic took down Oklahoma State’s Mary Jeremiah 6-0, 6-4, and followed that with a 6-3, 6-1 quarterfinal win over sixth-seeded Stefanie Tan.
“Diana (Nakic) is getting better with each match, and that’s the most important thing as the tournament goes on,” Scrivano said.
In doubles, Jordaan Sanford and Nicole Kosakowski earned a victory to advance to the semifinals. The Baylor duo defeated Oklahoma State’s Meghan Blevins and Mary Jeremiah 8-3 in its only match of the day.
Earlier in the day, Sanford joined Nakic in the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Tarleton State’s Alicia Perez, but fell to Texas A&M’s second-seeded and 24th-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, 6-3, 6-2. Interestingly, Sanchez-Quintanar was Sanford’s doubles partner at Maryland last year before both players transferred in the offseason.
“Even though Jordaan lost, we are really excited about where she is and where we think she can be,” Scrivano said. “Sometimes losing is one of the greatest tools of motivation.”
Freshman Megan Horter earned a pair of victories on the day in consolation singles play. Horter was able to take two straight-set wins, defeating TSU’s Makenzie Mitchell (6-0, 6-4) and SMU’s Erika Marshall (6-3, 6-2).
Baylor will finish the HEB Baylor Invitational on Sunday, beginning with doubles semifinal action at 8 a.m., followed by the doubles final at 9:15 a.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center. Singles are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.