Feb. 11, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - Baylor's fifth-ranked women's tennis team will battle No. 21 Florida State in the first round of the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wis., from Feb. 12-15 at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Head coach Joey Scrivano's Lady Bears kicked their season off on the right foot, defeating No. 66 Harvard and No. 65 Brown to earn a berth into the ITA Team Championship. Baylor then went on the road to No. 6 Miami, and took down the Hurricanes with a comeback victory after facing a 3-1 deficit.
"Playing an event like this is huge for our players and our program," Scrivano said. "It gives us the opportunity to see the best teams in the country early in the season, which provides a great way to gauge where you stand. This is always a tournament that we are looking forward to, and we are excited to be a part of it."
In the win over Miami, senior Lenka Broosova, currently ranked 17th in nation, beat seventh-ranked Laura Vallverdu to earn her BU record-breaking 128th career singles victory. Broosova bested former BU tennis standout and All-American Katja Kovac's record of 127.
"I don't know if there is a better way to get the record," Scrivano said after Broosova's win. "Her team needed her more than ever and she came through. It's as big of a win as she has ever had in her career."
Along with Broosova, Baylor has gotten a lift from sophomore Nina Secerbegovic and freshman Carla Lindlar, who have stepped up in place of injured all-Big 12 performer Jelena Stanivuk. Secerbegovic, who rocketed up to No. 24 from her No. 92 fall ranking, is off to a 3-0 start in singles and a 1-0 start in doubles. Lindlar, meanwhile, has also gotten off to a 3-0 start, including a crucial three-set victory over Miami senior Claudia Wasilewski.
The Lady Bears take on head coach Jennifer Hyde's Seminoles in the first round. Hyde is in her sixth season at the helm of the FSU program, and has led the team to the NCAA tournament each of the last three seasons. Her squad is long on youth, but led by an experienced senior. Freshmen Francesca Sagarelli, ranked No. 62, and Amy Sargeant, ranked No. 115, provide the youth, while senior Lauren McCrelless, ranked No. 23, foots the bill in the team's No. 1 singles position.
"We are focusing all of our attention on Friday and Florida State," Scrivano said. "They are really a dangerous team, and are capable of being a top-10 team by the end of the season. We are not going to take them lightly. We just have to go out and try to compete at our highest level on Friday."
The match is slated for 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 at the University of Wisconsin. The winner of the first round match will take on the winner of the No. 4 Georgia/North Carolina matchup at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. The loser of each first-round match will move to consolation play.
In addition to the Lady Bears and Seminoles, the 16-team field includes: defending champion No. 2 Northwestern, No. 3 California, No. 15 Clemson, No. 1 Duke, No. 7 Florida, No. 4 Georgia, No. 9 Georgia Tech, No. 6 Miami, No. 16 Michigan, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 12 UCLA and No. 7 USC, as well as host Wisconsin. The top eight teams in the women's championship are seeded according to their ITA rankings.