May 13, 2009
WACO, Texas -
WOMEN'S TENNIS SET FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The fourth-ranked Baylor women's tennis team travels to College Station, Texas for the 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships beginning Friday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. Baylor, who hosted the first two rounds of the championships last weekend, will face Stanford on Friday night at 6 p.m. in Round of 16 action. Texas A&M will also host the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships which will begin next week. Live scoring for the NCAA Championships as well as the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships can be found online at the Championship Central page on www.AggieAthletics.com. Complete post-match recaps will also be available online at www.BaylorBears.com.
LAST TIME AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
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
For the second-straight match Jelena Stanivuk clinched the final point as the fourth-ranked Baylor women's tennis team defeated No. 23 SMU, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. With the win, Baylor (26-4) advances to the Round of 16 which starts next weekend at College Station, Texas. The Lady Bears will face 13th-seeded Stanford, a 4-0 winner over LSU on Sunday. SMU opened the match by winning the doubles point, just the sixth time this season that Baylor dropped the doubles point. No. 71 Pavi Francis and Natalia Bubien defeated No. 65 Stanivuk and Taylor Ormond, 8-6, on court two. On court one, No. 32 Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova downed No. 13 Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi, 8-4, to clinch the point. Baylor got two quick points in singles on courts four and five. Nina Secerbegovic rolled over Nicole Briceno, 6-0, 6-0, on court five, while No. 70 Borsanyi cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Francis on court four. No. 33 Broosova trailed Bubien 5-3 in the first set, but reeled off 10 straight games to win, 7-5, 6-0, on court two. After No. 59 Lesniak held off No. 39 Ormond, 6-3, 7-5, on court one, No. 44 Stanivuk rallied from a one-set deficit to down No. 116 Malyarchikova, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, on court three.