May 21, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. - The top-seeded Baylor women's tennis team fought Texas off in doubles, then cruised to three quick wins on the singles courts to earn a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third consecutive season in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

"I am really proud of the way our team played today," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "We came out focused and got the job done. It feels great to advance."

The Longhorns came out firing in the doubles matches, jumping out to leads on two of the three courts, but Baylor held them off and turned the momentum around to win the point. The 11th-ranked senior duo of Broosova and Borsanyi rolled on Court 1 jumping out to a big lead before finishing off the 24th-ranked duo Ellis and Corovic 8-1. The win marked the 12th in a row for the pair.

"We were ready to play today," Scrivano said. "We just executed as a high level and our doubles momentum carried over to singles."

With a battle brewing of Court 2, it was the duo of Ormond and Carla Lindlar who seized control on Court 3. The combo tied the match at 5-5, then held serve and got a break point to take a commanding 7-5 lead over Lancaster and Larsson. Texas held serve to make it 7-6, but the Bears took the next game to clinch the doubles point with an 8-6 win.

On singles, the Lady Bears didn't waste any time putting Texas in a deep hole, winning the first set on five of the six courts. On Court 1, fifth-ranked Lenka Broosova won three consecutive games to take a 3-1 lead in her first set and take control of the match for a 6-2, 6-2 win.

After Broosova's win, 20th-ranked Nina Secerbegovic and 97th-ranked Csilla Borsanyi ended their matches with the next two minutes to secure the win. Secerbegovic was second to finish 6-3, 6-2 win, while Borsanyi dominated her first set 6-1, then fought out of a 3-2 hole to win her second set 6-4.

With the win, Baylor will face Stanford in the next round, marking the third consecutive NCAA Championship that the two teams have met, with Baylor winning each time. Baylor beat Stanford 4-3 in the Round of 16 last season, and 4-1 in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2008.

"[Stanford] has been the team to beat in women's tennis over the last 20 years," Scrivano said. "They are a great, great team, and we are going to need to come out ready to play."

The match is slated for 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT on the Henry Feild Courts at the Dan Magill Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.