May 21, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Baylor women's tennis sophomore Ema Burgic was named the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Player to Watch on Wednesday in a ceremony on the campus of the University of Illinois, in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Team Championships.
"I am very proud of the work Ema has put in to earn this honor," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "She has matured a great deal this year, and her results are evidence of her growth. She's a tough competitor, who we have high hopes for in the next season."
In her second season at BU, Burgic racked up a 25-5 dual-match record and ended the season on a 17-match win streak with all of those contests coming at the No. 1 singles position. Overall, Burgic tallied a 42-8 record on the season and 24-6 mark against ranked opponents. Her 42 wins are the fourth-most in a single season in school history.
The 10th-ranked Lukavac, Bosnia & Herzegovina, native was named the Big 12 Player of the Year and the ITA Texas Region Player to Watch earlier this month. Winning the ITA's regional award made Burgic one of 12 players in the country eligible for the national honor.
"I want to thank the ITA National committee for giving me this award," Burgic said. "It's a big honor and accomplishment for me, especially after putting all the hard work in. However, I couldn't have done it without the people around me, so I want to thank my coaches and my teammates for being there for me."
Burgic is also ranked No. 4 in the country in doubles with partner Victoria Kisialeva, a redshirt freshman. The duo had a 19-3 record on court 1 and a 25-3 mark overall. The BU tandem was 8-2 in its last 10 decisions, including six straight wins.
Burgic was forced to withdraw from both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships on Tuesday, because of an ankle sprain suffered last week in practice. The sophomore was seeded in the 9-16 range of the 64-person singles bracket, while she and Kisialeva were the No. 4 seed for the 32-team doubles draw.
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