May 13, 2010
WACO, Texas - Earning the top overall seed for the NCAA Tournament, the top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears will take on Northwestern State in the first round of the NCAA Team Championship at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Baylor Tennis Center. Baylor enters the tournament for the sixth consecutive season and 13th overall. The Lady Bears’ 27-2 record ties them for the second-most wins in a season in program history.
Baylor is fresh off of its sixth consecutive Big 12 regular season title and fifth consecutive Big 12Championship title. They possess four top-100 singles players and the 11th-ranked duo in the nation of Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi. Broosova, Baylor’s all-time singles and doubles wins leader has put together a spectacular season at the top of the Lady Bear lineup. The fifth-ranked senior is 30-6 this year in singles play, including a 23-2 mark at the No. 1 position, and 24-4 in doubles play, including a 22-3 mark at the No. 1 position.
Sophomore Nina Secerbegovic is also a top-20 talent, spending the majority of the season ranked among the nation’s best, including her current No. 20 ranking. She has put together a team-high 36 wins against just four losses in singles with a 27-2 mark in dual-match play. Secerbegovic has partenered with Jelena Stanivuk for the second half of the season, and the pair is unbeaten with a 15-0 record.
Also ranked for the Bears is No. 69 Taylor Ormond and No. 97 Csilla Borsanyi. Ormond, a junior is 21-9 overall and 16-6 in dual-match play, while Borsanyi is on a 12-match win streak with a 26-10 overall record, 17-8 in dual matches.
Along with Borsanyi, who plays the No. 4 position in BU’s singles, four of the other five are riding win streaks of at least seven matches. Broosova, Secerbegovic and Karolina Filipiak each are on eight-match streaks, while Karolina Filipiak has won seven in a row.
In doubles, Secerbegovic and Stanivuk’s aforementioned 15-match streak is tops, but Broosova and Borsanyi have won nine in a row at No. 1, and Ormond and Carla Lindlar have won six in a row at No. 3.
SCRIVANO IN THE BIG DANCE
Baylor head coach Joey Scrivano’s tenure at Baylor has been a steady climb in becoming one of the elite teams in collegiate tennis. During his time, Scrivano has lead the Bears to seven appearances in the NCAA tournament, including the last six in a row. Under his watch, Baylor has made two Sweet 16s, to Elite Eights, and the programs inaugural Final Four appearance during a record-breaking 32-3 season in 2008.
Prior to Scrivano, Baylor had only made it out of the first round two times in six appearances, only reaching the Round of 16 on one occasion, 2001. The Bears had an NCAA tournament record of 3-6 before he arrived in 2003, and have since compiled a record of 14-6, only missing the dance in his second season.
BROOSOVA BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior Lenka Broosova was named the Big 12 Player of the year unanimously in a vote by the league’s head coaches. She was also one of four Baylor singles players named to the All-Big 12 team, and half of the Lady Bears’ all-conference doubles pair with Csilla Borsanyi.
Broosova dominated conference competition with a flawless 11-0 league record, along with a 10-0 Big 12 mark in doubles with Borsanyi. Broosova, ranked fifth in the NCAA, holds a 30-6 overall record in singles, including a 23-2 mark at the No. 1 position.
Joining her on the all-conference team were Borsanyi, Taylor Ormond, and Baylor singles wins leader Nina Secerbegovic. The honors is the fourth for Broosova, third for Ormond, second for Borsanyi and first for Secerbegovic. It also marks the third year in a row that Broosova has been part of an all-conference doubles tandem, and second for Borsanyi.
STREAKS, STREAKS, AND MORE STREAKS
The Lady Bears have put together one of the most impressive sets of streaks in Big 12 and Baylor history. They enter the NCAA Championships fresh off their sixth consecutive conference regular season title and fifth consecutive Big 12 Championship title.
Baylor has completed each of the last three regular season Big 12 schedules without a blemish, and are currently on a streak of 42 consecutive Big 12 regular season wins and 55 consecutive wins over Big 12 opponents including the postseason. The last loss to a conference opponent came on March 4, 2007 to then-No. 43 Colorado in Boulder.
This season, Baylor went 6-2 in their first eight matches, with losses to only No. 11 North Carolina and No. 8 Michigan, but have ripped off their last 21 in a row to compile a 24-2 record. During the streak, Baylor beat four teams ranked in the top six in the nation.
THE VIEW FROM THE TOP
For the first time in program history, the Lady Bears reached the No. 1 ranking. On three seperate occasions in 2010, they have reached the top, including their current two-week stand at No. 1. Baylor was first ranked at the top for a week on March 16 after defeats of No. 2 UCLA and No. 4 North Carolina. Despite no losses, Baylor dropped out of the top spot for two weeks, until defeats of No.29 SMU, No. 36 Texas and No. 6 Northwestern helped them to the top again on April 6. Another perfect week led to a drop to the No. 2 spot for two weeks until the Tuesday, April 27, rankings.
IN THE CLASSROOM, TOO
Baylor's women's tennis team placed five student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 team as announced by conference officials on Tuesday, April 27. Among the five, three were honored for the second consecutive season.
Four of the five achieved first team status, with one on the second team. Making up Baylor's first team selections were two-time honorees Taylor Ormond and Karolina Filipiak, along with first-time honorees Csilla Borsanyi and Nina Secerbegovic. Jelena Stanivuk was also honored for the second year in a row, earning a spot on the second team.
LADY BEARS DOMINATE RANKED OPPONENTS
This season, the Lady Bears have held their own against ranked opponents, compiling an impressive 21-2 record, including a 6-1 mark against the nation’s top 10. On March 10, Baylor recorded the highest-ranked win in school history with a 4-3 defeat at No. 2 UCLA. Three days later, BU avenged an early season loss to North Carolina to take down the fourth-ranked Tar Heels 4-3 in Waco. The Lady Bears only loss to a top-10 opponent was a 4-3 nailbiter at then-No. 8 Michigan.
Baylor also recorded top 10 wins at No. 6 Miami (4-3), in a neutral site match with No. 8 USC (5-2), and at home against No. 6 Notre Dame (6-1) and No. 5 Northwestern (4-3).
BROOSOVA OWNING THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Lenka Broosova has put together possibly the most spectacular career in program history. Earlier this season, the three-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 first teamer broker the BU records for most singles and doubles wins in a career. In singles, Broosova broke the record with her first dual-match win of 2010, and has proceeded to put it out of reach with 23 more to bring her total to 150. In doubles, she broke the record nine wins into the season and has added 13 more for a total of 113 in her career.
With a perfect 11-0 record in Big 12 play this season, Broosova also took the No. 1 singles title. She was named the Big 12’s Player of the Week twice this season, giving her five POW awards for her career.
What’s more impressive is that Broosova has had a hand in nearly every one of Baylor’s 55-match win streak over Big 12 opponents, including the three consecutive undefeated regular seasons. Broosova has also had a hand in helping Baylor win four consecutive Big 12 regular season and tournament titles.
Individually, Baylor’s singles and doubles lineups have put together impressive win streaks. Of Baylor’s seven players who have shared the singles lineups, five of them have recorded a streak of at least eight wins, while all seven have had a win streak of at least four wins this season.
Sophomore Nina Secerbegovic, who leads BU with 36 singles wins on the season, opened the dual-match season with 18 consecutive wins. During the stretch, she lost just three sets and took down six ranked opponents. Secerbegovic has started another streak winning her last eight matches.
Senior Lenka Broosova, who has lost just two singles matches during the dual-match season, has had two seperate eight-match win streaks and a seven-match win streak to her credit. Juniors Taylor Ormond and Karolina Filipiak each have recorded a win streak of eight matches, while senior Csilla Borsanyi is currently on a 12-match win streak.
In doubles, the duo of Secerbegovic and Jelena Stanivuk joined forces midseason and have been on a tear, winning all 15 matches they have played together. Meanwhile, Baylor’s 10th-ranked duo of Broosova and Borsanyi is currently on a nine-match win streak and own a 23-4 record.
BIG 12 SINGLES AND DOUBLES CHAMPS
Baylor’s singles lineup in conference play combined to take individual medalist honors at three positions, while finishing runner-up at two positions. At the No. 1 spot, Lenka Broosova put together a perfect season with an 11-0 record, while Nina Secerbegovic was 10-1 at No. 2, and Csilla Borsanyi was 9-2 at No. 4 to become singles champs. BU’s runner-ups came at No. 5 with Karolina Filipiak record and at No. 6 with Carla Lindlar, each finishing with an 8-1 record.
In doubles play, Broosova and Borsanyi formed a perfect duo to win the Big 12 title at No. 1 with a 10-0 record.
The honor is given to the student-athlete who records the most wins at a given position.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FALL
During individual tournaments during the fall 2009, this Baylor squad set the table for the season, combining to win two tournaments and reach at least the semifinals in two others. Senior Csilla Borsanyi ripped off five consecutive victories on her home court to take the HEB Baylor Invitational title. In the championship match, she defeated Texas A&M’s Elze Potgieter. Junior Jelena Stanivuk started the fall with a victory in BU’s first tournament, the Midland Racquet Club Invitational in Midland, Texas. Sophomore Nina Secerbegovic won five straight matches to reach the final of the Wilson/ITA Texas Regional held in Waco, but fell to Texas standout Aeriel Ellis. Senior Lenka Broosova took down to top 30 opponents to reach the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships before falling to eighth-ranked Irina Falconi from Georgia Tech.