Oct. 25, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas– Baylor’s Diana Nakic finished off her impressive run with a title-winning performance in the final of the ITA Texas Regional on Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Nakic, seeded fourth in the tournament and ranked 28th in the NCAA, made the most of her encounter with Texas A&M’s third-seeded and 24th-ranked Cristina Quintanar-Sanchez. The players were battling for a single berth to the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship during the first weekend of November.
The Baylor senior came out firing against Quintanar-Sanchez, who entered with an 11-match win streak. Nakic took a 6-3 win in the first set, before following up with a dominating 6-1 set in the second set to claim the title.
“Diana just gained momentum throughout the tournament and kept playing better as it went on,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “She is just such a great competitor, and she proved that today. She beat, arguably, the hottest player in college tennis right now. To beat someone of that caliber, and that has been playing that well, is just a real impressive win.”
Nakic will now be entered in the elite 32-player field at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y., on Nov. 3-6.
Nakic is the fourth Baylor player since 2005 to win the ITA Regional title, joining Zuzana Zemenova (2005), Lenka Broosova (2007) and Sona Novakova (2010) as regional champs under Scrivano.
Next up for Baylor is the Jack Kramer Club Invitational in Rolling Hills, Calif., on Oct. 28-30. Hosting its first-ever collegiate tournament, the prestigious Jack Kramer Club has put together a highly selective 32-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw. Baylor’s Jordaan Sanford and Megan Horter will be entered in the field.