STILLWATER, Okla. – Ninth-ranked Baylor (13-3, 3-1) cruised to a 6-1 win on the road against Oklahoma State (4-9, 1-2) on Saturday.
“Our focus and maturity was very good today,” Lady Bears’ head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We’re definitely moving in the right direction.”
The Lady Bears kicked off the day with a solid performance on the doubles courts, sweeping the Cowgirls to take an early 1-0 lead. Baylor then kept the momentum rolling, taking five of six singles matches in straights and losing only a total of six games on the first three courts.
Oklahoma State was able to give Baylor a run on the doubles courts, losing by just one break point in each match. On Court 2, Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova were the first to finish with an 8-6 win over OSU’s Kanyapat Narattana and Malika Rose. Baylor’s Karolina Filipiak and Nina Secerbegovic then clinched the point for Baylor with a 9-7 win on Court 1 over Sasha Belova and Nataliya Shatkovskaya. Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk also added an 8-6 win over Sarah Meghoufel and C.C. Sardinha on Court 3.
The top three singles courts finished at a furious pace to clinch the match for the Lady Bears. No. 19 Novakova double-zeroed Shatkovskaya, 6-0, 6-0, on Court 1, while 34th-ranked Secerbegovic nearly equaled the feat, beating Belova 6-1, 6-0. The win marked Secerbegovic’s 11th in a row in singles matches.
With a comfortable 3-0 lead, the 44th-ranked Nakic added the match-winning point on Court 3. The junior defeated OSU’s Malika Rose 6-3, 6-2, for her fifth consecutive singles victory.
On Court 4, OSU’s Sardinha pushed 119th-ranked Stanivuk in the first set, but the Baylor senior took a 7-5, 6-3 win, just ahead of her teammate Filipiak on Court 5. Filipiak won a first set tiebreak 7-6(3), then got a late break-point to defeat Narattana 7-5 in the second set. OSU’s Meghoufel earned the lone Cowgirl point with a 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (8) super tiebreaker win over Ormond.