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Baylor Sweeps Big 12 Tennis Championships
April 26, 2009

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Norman, Okla.
The top-seeded Baylor men and women captured both team titles at the Big 12 Tennis Championships on Sunday at Headington Family Tennis Center. The BU women’s championship was their fourth consecutive, while the men’s win was the third straight for the Bears. Baylor and Texas are the only two schools in Big 12 Conference history to win both championships in the same year, with BU doing so in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The Baylor women claimed the first title of the day, defeating No. 2 seed Texas, 4-1. BU opened by claiming the doubles point with wins at No. 3 and No. 2. Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk finished the deciding doubles match, posting an 8-6 win over Krista Damico and Amanda Craddock.

Singles action saw the Bears take three wins in straight sets. After claiming the first two matches at No. 5 (Nina Secerbegovic) and No. 2 (Lenka Broosova), Texas mounted a comeback with a win at No. 1 from Vanja Corovic. Csilla Borsanyi, however, put up a win at No. 3 (6-3, 6-1) over Caroline Larsson to assure Baylor of its fourth team title.

Baylor and third-seeded Texas battled to the end of men’s doubles and singles competition, with the Bears taking the doubles point by way of wins at No. 3 and No. 1. David Galic and Jordan Rux edged Kellen Damico and Ed Corrie for an 8-6 win at the top spot to give Baylor an advantage heading into singles action.

Rux and Corrie were part of another important match, as they faced off at No. 2 singles in the clincher. After Corrie took the first set, 7-5, Rux rallied with two 6-4 sets to seal the Bears’ championship win. BU also earned wins at No. 4 (Julien Bley) and No. 5 (Atilla Bucko), countering Texas’ victories at No. 3 (Kellen Damico), No. 1 (Dimitar Kutrovsky) and No. 6 (Jonah Kane-West).
Most Outstanding Performer awards were presented at the conclusion of the championship, as Borsanyi was honored on the women’s side, and Rux earned accolades for the men.

All four teams await their selection fate for the NCAA Championships, which begin May 8 at campus sites to be determined. Baylor earns the Big 12’s automatic tournament bids, with the full bracket announcement scheduled for April 28.

Texas A&M hosts the NCAA Championship finals in College Station, Texas, May 15-25 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

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