June 13, 2012
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Baylor's 13th-ranked women's tennis team capped its eighth consecutive NCAA Round of 16 run with three singles and two doubles combinations in the year-end Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.
The senior trio of Diana Nakic, Sona Novakova and Nina Secerbegovic all ended their careers inside the top 50, while Secerbegovic was featured twice on the doubles rankings. The All-American duo of her and freshman Ema Burgic claimed a top-15 ranking, while Secerbegovic's matches paired with freshman Megan Horter gave them a top-65 ranking.
In the singles, Nakic and Secerbegovic were each inside the top 20, with Secerbegovic at No. 19 and Nakic at No. 20. Secerbegovic's banner year included the third and fourth All-America honors of her career with one each in singles and doubles. The Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, native led the team in singles with an .824 (28-6) winning percentage and will end her career with the school's all-time best winning percentage at .863 (126-20). In doubles, Secerbegovic had the second-highest win total and winning percentage on the team at 19-12 (.612). Partnered with Burgic, the pair made a deep run to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, defeating the nation's No. 1-ranked duo of Florida's Allie Will and Sofie Oyen.
Nakic, meanwhile, earned her first-career All-America honor and led the squad with a total of 33 wins and just 13 losses. Her breakout year included a team-best 14 wins over ranked opponents and a berth as a 9-16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship. Earlier in the year, Nakic claimed the ITA Texas Regional singles title to earn a berth to the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoors.
The third decorated senior, Novakova, finished the season ranked 50th with the team's second-highest singles winning percentage of .818 (27-6). Her 27 wins were the third-most on the team, and she claimed nine wins over ranked opponents.
In addition, Secerbegovic and Horter partnered in doubles for a portion of the year, and earned a year-end No. 65 ranking with their 6-5 record. The pair's ranking was bolstered by two ranked wins, over the No. 12 and 68 teams in the nation.
Baylor also made a splash in the ITA Texas Region rankings, placing five in the top 20 in singles and three in the top 10 in doubles. Ranked No. 2 as a team in the region, Baylor had Secerbegovic at No. 2, Nakic at No. 3, Novakova at No. 6, Sanford at No. 16 and Burgic at No. 19 in singles. In doubles, the Lady Bears had Secerbegovic/Burgic at No. 1, Secerbegovic/Horter at No. 7 and Nakic/Sanford at No. 10.
The group helped lead Baylor to a 25-8 record in 2012, including a berth into the program's eighth consecutive Round of 16 at the NCAA Team Championship.