Tennis blanks Mustangs, honors senior ladies

Senior Diana Nakic slides to return a ball on Tuesday in a match against Southern Methodist University at the Hurd Tennis Center.
David Li | Lariat Photographer

By Kasey McMillian

After honoring all of the Lady Bear’s seniors for Senior Night, the No. 12 Baylor women’s tennis team shutout SMU 5-0.

Baylor and SMU agreed not to compete in doubles and only play in five single matches.

“I think anytime it’s Senior Day it makes everybody reflect on what the seniors have accomplished,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “It kind of inspires the team, so yes, senior day is always a special day and today was no different”

Freshman Nicole Kosakowski, has been out for most of the season due to a stress fracture in her back, but that did not stop her from getting Baylor’s first point.

Kosakowski had her second win today in singles after winning her first match back against Notre Dame. Kosakowski came out strong and ended strong with a 6-1, 6-1 win over SMU’s Erika Marschall.

Sophomore Jordaan Sanford won a 6-0, 6-1 victory against SMU’s Anderson, giving Baylor a 2-0 lead.

Baylor’s seniors, Nina Secerbegovic, Nakic and Sona Novakova, won all three of their matches, securing the win for the Lady Bears.

No. 45 Novakova, was the first senior to finish with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over SMU’s Kris Roberts, followed by No. 24 Secerbegovic defeating SMU’s Edyta Cieplucha 6-4, 6-1.

The final point was from Nakic with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elena Fayner giving Baylor their second shutout for the season.

“It was a good win. We’re reeling from that Texas loss still,” Scrivano said. “So we’re just trying to get on the right track so today put us on step closer to doing that.”

The season is coming to an end and Baylor’s final two matches for the season will take place at home on Sunday and Monday.

The Lady Bears will go up against Missouri at 1 p.m. on Sunday and against Iowa State at 5 p.m. on Monday.