STANFORD, Calif. — Fifth-seeded Baylor put together a dominating effort with a 4-0 win against No. 32 SMU to punch a ticket to the program’s fourth consecutive quarterfinals appearance on Friday at the NCAA Championship.
Baylor lost just one set in the match and took care of the doubles point to start the day quickly. The win earned Baylor its 18th consecutive victory, dating back to March 18.
“We dominated a great team today, that’s the bottom line and that’s a good thing,” coach Joey Scrivano said. “Anytime you can win a convincing round of 16 match that tends to be a good sign. On the three seniors having experience in this tournament makes a big difference. With Jelena (Stanivuk), TO (Taylor Ormond) and Karolina (Filipiak) being in the final four and multiple round of 16s and quarterfinals, they know how to win and they know what it takes to win in this tournament. That’s been spreading over to our newcomers. I just feel we have a great team, a very experienced team with a lot of confidence right now. We’re a tough team to beat right now.”
In doubles, the duo of Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic were the most convincing with an 8-2 win. The pair took a 2-1 lead with their serve, then were able to break the Mustang pair of Shahazoda Hatamova and Ashley Turpin three times to win handily.
Baylor’s 70th-ranked pair of Nina Secerbegovic and Karolina Filipiak took on No. 57 Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova on Court 1 and grabbed an 8-4 win to close out the doubles point.
In singles, Baylor only added to the momentum early on.
The Lady Bears won five of the six first set, with Nakic, Jelena Stanivuk and Taylor Ormond each using their serves to win a 6-2 first set. Stanivuk was the first to finish adding a perfect 6-0 set after her 6-2 first set. The win for Stanivuk keeps her NCAA Championship record perfect for her career at 11-0.
Meanwhile, Ormond was doing the same thing on Court 6, taking a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Turpin. Nakic then finished it off with a 6-2, 6-2 win on Court 3. The win was her 20th in a row, as well as her 40th set-win in the last 41 sets.