WACO, Texas – Ninth-ranked Baylor controlled play from the opening serve on the way to a 5-2 win against third-ranked Miami on Monday at the Baylor Tennis Center. The win marked the fifth in a row for Baylor against the Hurricanes.
“This was a really good win for us,” coach Joey Scrivano said. “We made some changes to the doubles lineup and it sparked some of the team to play better. I was proud of the effort and the way our team competed today.”
Baylor earned the first three decided singles matches to close out the Hurricanes. No. 51 Nina Secerbegovic continued to find her groove on Court 3 for the Lady Bears. The junior lost just three games on her way to a 6-1, 6-2, win against 66th-ranked Kayla Rizzolo.
Shortly after Secerbegovic’s win, Taylor Ormond earned her first singles win after battling injury until the last two weeks. Ormond, a senior, defeated Brittany Dubins on Court 6 6-3, 6-2 to give Baylor a 3-0 lead.
In a matchup of two of the nation’s top players, Baylor’s 11th-ranked Sona Novakova earned the clinching point with a convincing win against Miami’s top player in 10th-ranked Bianca Eichkorn. Novakova controlled play from the opening serve, holding Eichkorn to just three games in each set 6-3, 6-3.
With two major changes to the doubles lineup, Baylor was able to take two of the three matches for the first point of the match. Scrivano broke up each of his duos from previous matches, electing to put Diana Nakic with Ormond on Court 2 and Novakova with Karolina Filipiak on Court 3. Each of those changes turned into a win for the Lady Bears.
The Baylor pair of Nakic and Ormond won six games in a row, including three service breaks to grab a 7-1 lead before finishing off Miami’s Gabriela Mejia and Melissa Bolivar 8-2. On Court 3, BU’s Novakova and Filipiak got an early break to take a 4-2 lead, but Brittany Dubins and Kayla Rizzolo fought back with five of the next six games. Down 7-5, the Lady Bear duo got the service break they needed and forced a tiebreak at 8-8 which they won 7-3.