May 5, 2010
- Baylor's top-ranked women's tennis team will feature two singles players and one doubles tandem in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships held on May 26-31 in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Earlier this week, Baylor was selected as the No. 1 overall seed and will host first and second round matches in the team competition.
Three-time All-American Lenka Broosova was selected as one of the 16 automatic conference selections. Broosova, ranked fifth in the latest Campbell's/ITA rankings, is 30-6 overall this season, including a 23-2 mark in dual-match play. The senior has a 16-5 record against ranked competition and is riding an eight-match win streak after collecting her fourth consecutive Big 12 regular season and tournament titles. Broosova will make her third consecutive appearance in the field, with her deepest coming in a quarterfinal appearance in 2008. She suffered an opening-round loss to seventh-ranked Hilary Barte of Stanford last season.
Lady Bears sophomore Nina Secerbegovic will be making her first appearance in the field after putting together a team-leading 36-4 overall record. Secerbegovic has a 27-2 record in dual-match play and was 12-3 against ranked opponents. Ranked 20th, she took home the Big 12 No. 2 singles title with a 10-1 record and is riding an eight-match win streak.
In doubles, the 11th-ranked duo of Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi will be making their second consecutive trip to the field, while the tournament will be Broosova's third. She paired with Zuzana Zemenova in 2008. This season, Broosova and Borsanyi have compiled a spectacular record of 23-4, including a 22-3 mark in dual-match play. The pair has won each of their last nine matches and had a 10-0 mark in Big 12 play. They were 6-3 against ranked competition this season. Last year, the pair played their way into the national semifinal beating three of the top 25 teams on the way, before falling to the seventh-ranked duo of Jana Juricova and Mari Anderson of Cal.
With these two, head coach Joey Scrivano has now had 15 selections into the NCAA Singles Tournament, as well as three doubles pairs in his eight years at the helm of the Baylor program. In 2005, Zemenova became the first unseeded player in NCAA history to win the singles national title.
The Lady Bears will be back on the court next weekend on May 14-15 as they host the first two rounds of the NCAA Team Championships at the Baylor Tennis Center. They will take on Northwestern State at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 14. Tulsa will take on North Texas earlier in the day, while the winners of each match will meet on Saturday, May 15, at 3 p.m.