March 9, 2009
WACO, Texas -
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WOMEN'S TENNIS TRAVELS TO FACE #7 CALIFORNIA
The fifth-ranked Baylor women's tennis team hits the road on Tuesday afternoon as the Lady Bears travel to face No. 7 California at 12 noon at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Baylor is coming off a 5-2 win over No. 19 Michigan last Friday. Baylor won its second-straight match and picked up its fourth win over a Top 20 team this season. Live scoring and post-match recaps can be found online at www.BaylorBears.com.
LAST TIME AGAINST CALIFORNIA
The fifth-seeded Baylor women's tennis team lost in the NCAA Tournament's semifinals on Sunday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Bears were defeated by the California Golden Bears, 4-3, snapping a 15-match win streak. Baylor finished its most successful season in program history at 32-3 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament semifinals. After losing the doubles point, Baylor took Cal down to the last match in singles before the contest was decided. Cal leapt out to a 2-0 lead when No. 40 Claire Ilcinkas downed 99th-ranked Jana Bielikova on court four in straight sets. Baylor would counter with two wins at courts one and three, respectively, when Zuzana Zemenova, ranked No. 25, upset 20th-ranked Susie Babos in straight sets (7-5, 6-1) and No. 18 Lenka Broosova downed No. 35 Cristina Visico, 6-3, 6-2. Broosova's victory marked her 19th straight singles win and raised her season record to 49-4. In addition, she finished the season undefeated at the No. 3 spot at 20-0. After a Baylor loss at court six, Jelena Stanivuk, who had lost the first set (6-4) regrouped and took the final two sets (6-3, 6-2) on court five to even the match at 3-3. In the final match on the court, Taylor Ormond, ranked No. 43, had won the first set on court two over fourth-ranked Marina Cossou, 6-4, however Cossou countered with a 6-1 second-set victory. In the final set with the match tied at 1-1, Ormond began suffering leg cramps and eventually lost the third set 6-2.
LAST TIME OUT
The fifth-ranked Baylor women's tennis team downed No. 19 Michigan, 5-2, on Friday night at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Bears move to 6-3 overall this season, while Michigan's record falls to 5-4. The Bears have now won all four home matches this season, and have won nine straight matches at home dating back to last season. Baylor swept all three doubles matches to take the early 1-0 lead. No. 55 Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk made quick work of No. 38 Chisako Sugiyama and Tania Mahtani, 8-4, on court one, while No. 24 Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi rolled over Whitney Taney and Rika Tatsuno, 8-4, on court two. On court three, Nina Sercerbegovic and Kasia Siwosz trailed Lindsey Howard and Denise Muresan, 6-1, before rallying for a 9-8 (5) win on court three. In singles action, Baylor won four matches in straight sets. On court five, Sercerbegovic defeated Muresan, 6-3, 6-1, to give Baylor a 2-0 lead. No. 34 Stanivuk made quick work of Taney, 6-1, 6-0, on court four, while No. 73 Borsanyi rolled over Mahtani, 6-1, 6-2, on court three to secure the match for Baylor. No. 46 Broosova defeated Tatsuno, 6-4, 6-3, on court one to push the Baylor lead to 5-0. On courts two and six, Baylor rallied from one-set deficits to send the matches into a third set supertiebreaker. On court six, Siwosz fell to Michelle Sulahian, 6-2, 3-6, 10-4. On court three, No. 32 Ormond won five straight games to force a third set, but fell to No. 58 Sugiyama, 6-2, 3-6, 11-9.