May 8, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Three singles players and one doubles pair from the Baylor women's tennis team were named All-Big 12, league officials announced on Wednesday.
For the second straight season, Baylor's senior trio of Nina Secerbegovic, Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova each earned all-conference honors in singles, while Secerbegovic and freshman partner Ema Burgic were unanimously named to the doubles team. Secerbegovic, earning all-league honors in singles and doubles for the third straight season, was a unanimous selection in singles as well.
Secerbegovic is currently tied for the team lead with an .862 winning percentage in singles, and is tied for second on the team with a 25-4 record. The Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, native is 9-4 this season against ranked opponents and went undefeated in league singles play with a 9-0 record.
Nakic, being honored for the second consecutive season, leads the team with a 31-12 record, including a team best 12 wins over ranked opponents. A native of Velenje, Slovenia, Nakic went 8-1 in singles this season against Big 12 opponents.
Novakova, who is also being honored for the second straight season, is tied with Secerbegovic for the team lead in winning percentage with her 25-4 record. This season, the Slapanice, Czech Republic, native went 8-3 overall against ranked opponents, and posted a 7-1 mark in Big 12 singles.
In doubles, the tandem of the senior Secerbegovic and Burgic has been Baylor's most formidable duo this season. The pair is ranked 13th, highest in the Big 12, with a 9-5 overall record that includes four wins over top-30 opponents and a 5-3 league mark. Each of the pair's matches have come at the No. 1 doubles position and have included defeats of Notre Dame's fifth-ranked Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews, Northwestern's fourth-ranked Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton, and Clemson's 17th-ranked Keri Wong and Josipa Bek.
Baylor's three singles honorees marks the sixth consecutive season under head coach Joey Scrivano to have at least that many, and ninth straight season with at least one doubles tandem honored. In Scrivano's 10 seasons, Baylor has now had a total of 36 all-league honors, including 25 in singles and 11 more in doubles.
Baylor will be back on the court at home in the NCAA First and Second Rounds this weekend, hosting first-round opponent Oral Roberts, as well as Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin on May 11-12. Baylor and Oral Roberts will hit the courts at 2 p.m. on Friday.