Baylor vs.  USC
NCAA Round of 16
Thursday, May 17, 2012 | 11 a.m. CT
Athens, Ga. | Dan Magill Tennis Complex
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Baylor claimed NCAA opening-round victories over Oral Roberts and No. 25 Tulsa, both by a score of 4-0, to start its third consecutive NCAA tournament with back-to-back shutouts and to reach its eighth straight Round of 16.
The Lady Bears also bring in a streak of four consecutive NCAA Quarterfinal appearances and have reached the NCAA Semifinals in two of the last four seasons. Baylor is 27-14 all-time in the NCAA Championship, including a 5-3 mark in the Round of 16.
Baylor is making its 15th overall appearance in the NCAA Team Championship, and eighth in a row under head coach Joey Scrivano. In Scrivano's 10 seasons, the Lady Bears are 23-8 in postseason play and have reach the postseason nine times.
Baylor is the NCAA's12th overall seed and ranked No. 13 by the ITA with three ranked singles, including No. 16 Diana Nakic, No. 23 Nina Secerbegovic and No. 56 Sona Novakova. Secerbegovic and Megan Horter are 78th in doubles.
Baylor's Diana Nakic, Nina Secerbegovic and Sona Novakova earned a berth into the NCAA Singles Championship, while the 13th-ranked pair of Secerbegovic and Ema Burgic were invited to the NCAA Doubles Championship.
As a team, Baylor compiled a 14-7 mark against ranked opponents, while going a perfect 11-0 versus unranked teams. All of BU's losses came against top-25 opponents, going 7-7 in those matches.
Baylor's season has featured two winning streaks of more than seven matches. The Lady Bears began the season with nine straight wins, lost five of eight, and have now won 11 of the last 15 matches.
The Lady Bears claimed two Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season. Nina Secerbegovic was honored twice, winning the award on March 26 and April 9. The BU senior has won the award five times in her career.
Secerbegovic's career singles win total stands at 124, leaving her just three behind second place in program history. Her career record of 124-18 results in a winning percentage of .873, the highest ever at Baylor.