By Kasey McMillian
No. 13 Baylor women’s tennis defeated the Iowa State Cyclones 4-0 for its last regular-season match and home game for the year on Monday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The Lady Bears had a good start by winning the first two doubles matches, putting them in the lead 1-0. The No. 17 doubles duo of freshman Ema Burgic and senior Nina Secerbegovic, came out on fire defeating Iowa State’s Maria Fernanda Macedo and Tessa Lang 8-1. Senior partners Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova won their match against Simona Cacciuttolo and Marie Chartier 8-3. Freshmen Megan Horter and Nicole Kosakowski lost their match after putting up a fight, only losing by one point 8-7.
In singles, seniors Secerbegovic, Nakic and Novakova came out aggressive and received Baylor’s three singles wins without losing a set.
No. 24 Secerbegovic was the first to win in singles defeating her opponent Macedo 6-1, 6-2 in two quick matches.
Seconds later, No. 12 Nakic was next to win her singles match against Iowa State’s Pronina in both sets 6-1.
“We came out really focused and prepared,” said Nakic. “We knew that they were a solid team and we just wanted to show them we were ready for the conference.”
Freshman Burgic won Baylor’s final point after a 6-0, 6-2 victory to end the game 4-0.
“It was good to see the focus out of our team tonight,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “The ladies came out and got the job done tonight. We really needed to play well these last two matches heading into the tournament.”
Baylor will head into the postseason on a three-match winning streak as the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Conference Championship from Thursday to Saturday in College Station.
On Friday, Baylor will go up against the winner of the Kansas-Oklahoma match that will take place on Thursday.