#10 Baylor (12-5) vs. #24 Clemson (9-5)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 5 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Hurd Tennis Center
WACO, Texas - Continuing one of the toughest stretches in program history, Baylor's 10th-ranked women's tennis team will face its ninth straight top-25 opponent in No. 24 Clemson on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor (12-5) has not fared as well as past years in its previous eight matches against top-25 opponents, but has claimed wins against three top-10 opponents during the span. However, all five of Baylor's losses have come during the top-25 stretch after a 9-0 start.
In its last match out, Baylor took a 6-1 loss at No. 12 Miami with No. 53 Sona Novakova collecting the lone point in singles. Novakova has won each of her last two matches, both over ranked opponents, to move her singles record to 15-3 on the season.
Fellow seniors, No. 13 Diana Nakic and No. 27 Nina Secerbegovic switched spots at the top of the lineup in the Miami match, putting Secerbegovic on Court 1. The lineup had been used earlier this season as Secerbegovic was 5-0 in the top position until as loss to Miami's No. 20 Anna Bartenstein. But, against Miami, Nakic suffered her second consecutive loss, playing at No. 2 against 32nd-ranked Gabriela Mejia. However, No. 13 Nakic leads Baylor with 22 wins on the season, including nine against ranked opponents.
On the doubles courts, lineup changes have led to the duo of Secerbegovic and Ema Burgic, who have gone 2-0 at the No. 1 spot. In their two matches, the 46th-ranked pair has collected victories over the nation's No. 4 and No. 28-ranked duos, respectively
Clemson (9-5), meanwhile, has started to turn their season around after going through a 1-5 stretch after 6-0 start. In their last two matches, the Tigers have earned wins over No. 19 Georgia Tech on the road and No. 61 Florida State at home.
Clemson features three ranked singles pairs with No. 47 Keri Wong, No. 103 Klara Vyskocilova, No. 112 Nelly Ciolkowski. Wong, who plays the No. 2 position in the Tiger lineup, has a team-best 18-6 overall record with five wins over ranked opponents.
In doubles, Wong sits on two ranked pairs, checking in at No. 17 with Josipa Bek and at No. 48 with Beatrice Gumulya. The combo of Bek and Wong are 13-4 on the season.