SOUTH BEND, Ind. – After a close battle to win the doubles point, Baylor’s seventh-ranked women’s tennis team went on to defeat 14th-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday in South Bend, Ind. The win moves Baylor’s record to 8-1 on the season, including a 7-1 mark against ranked opponents.
“Our focus was incredible today,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “Across the board, the ladies just played really disciplined tennis and executed extremely well.”
Baylor and Notre Dame split the doubles matches on the first two courts, leaving the deciding match for the point to Court 3. The Lady Bears responded to the challenge with the first-time combination this season of Taylor Ormond and Karolina Filipiak to get a tie-break win.
Ormond, who hadn’t played in a doubles match this season due to injury, and Filipiak were the last doubles tandem on the court against UND’s Jennifer Kellner and Julie Sabacinski. The Baylor pair found a way to win the match 9-8 (8-6) after facing a 5-1 deficit.
“I loved the way we competed in doubles,” Scrivano said. “It was really good to see Taylor back and get some production out of that spot.”
Baylor then capitalized on the momentum built in doubles, quickly racing to the four points needed to win the match. BU got dominating straight-set victories by Nina Secerbegovic, Jelena Stanivuk and Diana Nakic before Notre Dame could respond.
“To get those first three singles points on the board was really impressive,” Scrivano said. “Nina, Jelena and Diana played really good tennis. They just played at another level today.”
The 51st-ranked Secerbegovic got on the board first, taking down No. 32 Shannon Mathews. Against an opponent the Baylor junior needed a tie-break to defeat last season, Secerbegovic lost just three games in her 6-1, 6-2 win on Saturday.
Stanivuk, meanwhile, gave Baylor a 3-0 lead on the team scoreboard, taking down Chrissie McGaffigan on Court 5. Ranked 94th, Stanivuk also lost only three games in her 6-1, 6-2 win, which marks her eighth consecutive singles victory.
Nakic, ranked 36th in the NCAA, earned the clinching point for the Lady Bears with a victory against No. 95 Kristen Rafael by a score of 6-3, 6-4 on Court 2. Also, Baylor’s Ormond, playing only her second singles match of the year, was up a set when the match was decided with a 4-2 team score.
Earlier in the day, the doubles pair of Nakic and Novakova earned an 8-4 victory against McGaffigan and Rafael to help put Baylor on its way to earning the doubles point.