May 14, 2010

Courtesy of Baylor

WACO, Texas - The top-seeded Baylor women's tennis team advanced to the second round of NCAA Tournament play for the fifth straight season with its 4-0 win over Northwestern State on Friday at the Baylor Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University.

After Baylor won the doubles point and singles action had begun, play was halted for three hours due to rain in Waco. When play was stopped, Baylor had won the first set in four singles matches, all 6-0. Once play was resumed, it took the Lady Bears just over 30 minutes to claim victory.

With the win, No. 1 Baylor dealt Northwestern State just its second loss of the season. The Lady Bears move to 28-2 on the season while Northwestern State sees its season end at 21-2. The victory extends Baylor's win streak to 22 matches.

All five Baylor winners extended win streaks on Friday afternoon. With their victories in singles, Csilla Borsanyi extended her win streak to 13 matches while Nina Secerbegovic and Karolina Filipiak each recorded their ninth straight win. In doubles, the tandem of Lenka Broosova and Borsanyi won their 10th straight match while Taylor Ormond and Carla Lindlar have now recorded victory in seven consecutive contests.

Broosova and Borsanyi, playing at No. 1 doubles and ranked No. 11 nationally, were first off the court with their 8-3 win over Olga Bazhanova and Adna Curukovic. Ormond and Lindlar clinched the point for Baylor with their 8-6 win over Kathrin Lange and Bianca Schulz at No. 3 doubles. Baylor's first two players off the courts in singles didn't let their opponents win a game. Filipiak produced a 6-0, 6-0 win over Andrea Nedorostova at No. 5, while Secerbegovic won by the identical score at No. 2 over Curukovic. Borsanyi tallied the final Baylor point with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Lange.

"First off Northwestern State has a good team. That is the best four seed we have ever played. I think they had one loss this year, so they are not bad at all. That obviously caught us off-guard from the standpoint that this match is a match you can typically win pretty handily without thinking too much, but to Northwestern State's credit they have some players. They are well coached. They put in maximum effort, so it is not an easy first round," said Baylor head coach Joey Scrivano.

"We competed well, we always compete well. We are a very hungry team. We are a blue collar team, who comes out and wants to play the best we can. We try to do what it takes to stay in every point, but Baylor is just too good. If we hit a short ball, Baylor took care of business. When we kept a little depth we stayed in the points a little longer and won some points, won some games, but they are just too good top to bottom," said Northwestern State head coach Patric DuBois.

Baylor will now take on 32nd-ranked Tulsa in NCAA Tournament second round action on Saturday at 3 p.m. Tulsa downed No. 64 North Texas 4-2.

"Tulsa is obviously a notch above Northwestern State," said Scrivano. "They are a good team, a dangerous team. We are really going to have to raise our level of play tomorrow if we want to have a comfortable win. If we come out and have lapses in concentration we are going to have a really rough day tomorrow."