CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 9 Baylor took the doubles point and cruised through singles to take a convincing 5-2 win at No. 11 Clemson on Wednesday in Clemson, S.C. The win marked the sixth in a row for BU, including the fourth over a top-35 opponent.
Coming off wins over No. 18 Oklahoma and No. 23 Texas to take back the top spot in the Big 12 standings, Baylor rode that momentum to a non-conference road win. In the match, the Lady Bears were able to take two of three doubles matches and four of six in singles.
“We are getting better in doubles, and the players are buying into correcting their mistakes and getting better,” “Doubles has always been a strength for Clemson, so it gives us a lot of confidence moving forward. We started off really strong in singles and they made a run, but our players made adjustments and were able to finish out the matches. We are one of the few teams playing top-15 non-conference opponents this time of year, and for us to go get a win is a credit to our players and the way they come out and compete.”
In doubles, Baylor’s lone loss came against the nation’s No. 1 duo in Josipa Bek and Keri Wong on Court 1 over Karolina Filipiak and Nina Secerbegovic. After that, however, it was all Baylor on Courts 2 and 3.
Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk teamed for just the second time this season and took an 8-2 win over Laurianne Henry and Caroline Magnusson to clinch the point. BU’s Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic had started the team’s day with an 8-5 win over CU’s Maria Belaya and Klara Vyskocilova on Court 3.
With the doubles point on its side of the scoreboard, singles continued to be Baylor’s greatest strength as the Bears picked up three straight-set wins to clinch the match. Senior Jelena Stanivuk, ranked 103rd, got a break to win the first set 7-5, then breezed to a 6-0 second set on Court 4.
On Court 3, No. 38 Diana Nakic added Baylor’s third point with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 100 Vyskocilova, marking her seventh consecutive singles win.
Shortly after Nakic’s win, No. 36 Secerbegovic continued to pile on her own win streak of 14 matches with a 6-2, 6-2 drubbing of the 51st ranked Wong. Baylor added one more victory on the day from Karolina Filipiak on Court 5, a 6-3, 6-7(6), 1-0(7) win over Magnusson.
On Court 1, Baylor’s 14th-ranked Sona Novakova forced a super tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets 1-6, 7-6(6) against 10th-ranked Josipa Bek. In the third set tiebreaker, Bek outdueled Filipiak 10-7.