No. 7 WT Faces Start of Road Swing

April 13, 2011

Live Results vs. Northwestern

WACO, Texas - This week Baylor's seventh-ranked women's tennis team will travel across the Midwest, taking on No. 14 Northwestern at 3 p.m. on April 14, before heading to the University of Colorado for a Noon CT match on April 17.

Baylor (18-3, 7-1 Big 12) moved up two spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings this week to No. 7, the highest ranking since the March 1st poll when they were also seventh. The Lady Bears are currently on an eight-match win streak, featuring victories over No. 11 Clemson, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 23 Texas, No. 33 SMU and No. 38 Nebraska. During the stretch, Baylor has been dominant in singles play, winning at least four of the six singles points in each match.

Individually, Baylor's Nina Secerbegovic, this week's Big 12 Player of the Week, has been on a tear lately. Now ranked 40th in the NCAA, the Baylor junior has won 16 consecutive singles matches and lost only a total of two sets in those matches. Secerbegovic also a current streak of 12 consecutive conference singles victories that dates back to the middle of last season.

Along with Secerbegovic, Baylor has three more players with singles win streaks of at least six matches. No. 46 Diana Nakic has won 10 in a row without losing a set and Karolina Filipiak has won nine in a row. Senior Jelena Stanivuk, ranked 117th, has won six in a row and has a singles record of 18-2 on the season.

As a team, Baylor is 91-32 (.740) in singles matches during the dual-match season, while holding just a 34-26 (.567) record in doubles matches. In conference, the Lady Bears have been even better with a singles record of 39-9 (.812) and a doubles record of 17-7 (.708).

Baylor, however, will face a tough task when they take on Northwestern (14-5, 6-0 Big Ten) in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats are on a nine-match win streak, including victories over No. 3 North Carolina, No. 24 Texas and No. 20 Notre Dame.

In singles, Northwestern features four ranked players, including No. 52 Maria Mosolova, No. 65 freshman Belinda Niu, No. 77 Brittany Wowchuck and No. 101 Kate Turvy.

Baylor is just 1-3 all-time against the Wildcats, with the lone win coming last season in a 4-3 victory in Waco on April 9.

The Lady Bears will then face Colorado, who holds a record of 3-14 and 0-7 in the Big 12 entering the week. The Buffaloes are currently on an 11-match losing streak heading into their midweek match with Texas Tech on Thursday.

Baylor is 14-6 all-time against Colorado, including a five-match win streak in which Baylor has earned a shutout each time.



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