May 22, 2012
WACO, Texas – The Baylor women’s tennis team will be represented by three singles players and one doubles pair in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships beginning Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Baylor’s senior trio of Diana Nakic, Sona Novakova and Nina Secerbegovic were each granted a berth in the singles competition, while Secerbegovic and freshman Ema Burgic are paired for entry in the doubles competition. The 64-player singles field begins play at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday, while the 32-team doubles field will start on Thursday with times to be determined.
Nakic, who is seeded in the 9-16 range, will face Miami’s 27th-ranked Gabriella Mejia in the first round. She leads Baylor this season with a total of 32 singles victories, including a team-best 13 wins over ranked opponents. Nakic is in the same 16-player quadrant on the bracket as top-seeded Allie Will of Florida, seventh-seeded Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M and Michigan’s Emita Bektas, who is seeded in the 9-16 range.
Novakova, unseeded in the field, has a first-round matchup with North Carolina’s 38th-ranked Zoe De Bruycker. She has compiled a 26-5 record this season and comes into the tournament with a total of eight wins over ranked opponents. Novakova shares a 16-player quadrant with third-seeded Nicole Gibbs of Stanford, sixth-seeded Jana Juricova of Cal and 9-16 seeds Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State and Ole Miss’ Kristi Boxx.
Secerbegovic, also unseeded, has a first-round draw with 39th-ranked Lauren McHale of North Carolina. Like Novakova, Secerbegovic has a 26-5 mark on the season with a total of 10 wins over ranked opponents. She will play in the same quadrant as fourth-seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA, eighth-seeded Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia and 9-16 seeds Jillian O’Niell of Georgia Tech and Zsofi Susanyi of Cal.
In doubles, Secerbegovic and Burgic will have the toughest of opponents in their first-round draw, facing the top-seeded pair of Florida’s Allie Will and Sofie Oyen. The Baylor duo did manage its share of upsets this season on the way to a No. 12 ranking, beating four top-30 opponents with two of those in the top five. The Lady Bears have compiled a 9-5 record so far this season.
Secerbegovic and McHale will face off at 9 a.m. CT, followed by Novakova and De Bruycker at 12 p.m. CT and Nakic and Mejia at 1:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday. In doubles, Secerbegovic and Burgic will face Oyen and Will at a time to be determined on Thursday. Live results and video will be available on www.georgiadogs.com.