WACO, Texas – Baylor’s 10th-ranked women’s tennis team begins a full week of action on Monday against No. 3 Miami at noon, before taking on Kentucky and No. 53 Kansas State during the week at the Baylor Tennis Center.
The Lady Bears enter the week fresh off a three-match roadtrip, taking victories over No. 58 Missouri and No. 14 Notre Dame. Baylor’s only loss during the trip was at No. 10 UCLA in a rematch of a BU victory earlier this season.
Individually, 51st-ranked Nina Secerbegovic may be the hottest Baylor player, as she collected singles victories in all three matches and doubles wins in two. Of her three singles wins, two were over ranked opponents, including UND’s No. 32 Shannon Mathews and UCLA’s No. 64 Andrea Remynse. In doubles, she helped take a win over the 14th-ranked UCLA duo of Remynse and Courtney Dolehide.
On the roadtrip, Baylor also got solid production out of No. 36 Diana Nakic and No. 94 Jelena Stanivuk, who were each 2-1 in singles. Nakic’s two wins each came in straight sets, with one over 95th-ranked Kristen Rafael of Notre Dame. Stanivuk, meanwhile, lost only a three-set super-tiebreaker in her third match of the weekend, while also teaming with Secerbegovic for two doubles wins.
Although Baylor has enjoyed recent success against its first opponent, Miami (11-3), the Hurricanes feature three ranked singles players and two ranked doubles pairs. With a 4-3 win over Miami on the road last season, Baylor improved its win streak over the Hurricanes to four matches. The Lady Bears hold a 5-4 all-time series edge over Miami.
On Wednesday, Baylor will host the University of Kentucky. Unranked, the Wildcats come into the week with a 3-9 record. Kentucky bounced back from an 0-6 start to the season to go 3-3 in its last six matches.
Friday, Baylor will take on 53rd-ranked Big 12 foe Kansas State at 5 p.m. in the third match of a five-match homestretch. The Wildcats are 9-1 on the season, including a 7-0 mark to open the year. KSU’s lone loss came at the hands of the University of Tulsa.