Wind and unseasonably cool temperatures didn’t treat the No.13 USC women’s tennis team well, as the No. 9 Baylor Bears defeated the Women of Troy 5-2 Tuesday at Marks Stadium.
The Bears (10-2) were USC’s third top-10 opponent in four matches and looked as good as advertised in their dual meet with the Women of Troy (8-5), capturing the doubles point and then rattling off three straight singles wins to clinch the victory.
The Bears’ first doubles pair of Csilla Borsanyi and Lenka Broosova took advantage of a late break in the first doubles match of the day against freshman Valeria Pulido and junior Maria Sanchez to capture a quick 8-6 victory.
After freshman Danielle Lao and sophomore Alison Ramos hit the Bears back with an 8-5 victory at the second doubles slot, an intense battle at the final doubles pairing decided the doubles point.
Throughout a back-and-forth match, senior Sarah Fansler and junior Lyndsay Kinstler were unable to get ahead of the Bears’ pair of Nina Secerbegovic and Jelena Stanivuk and eventually dropped the set 9-7.
With the doubles point in hand, Baylor began taking care of the singles points, first with a victory in the sixth singles matchup, where Kinstler was unable to hang with Baylor’s Karolina Filipiak, losing 6-2, 6-3.
After Lao and Pulido also dropped their singles matches, the Bears had clinched their victory, and the fifth singles match between Fansler and Stanivuk was stopped with Fansler up a set, giving the Women of Troy their first point of the match.
No. 21 Ramos would end up dropping her three-set affair with Secerbegovic at the No. 2 singles position 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3, leaving only No. 3 Sanchez with a chance to claim a final point for USC.
Sanchez came through for the Women of Troy, posting a tough three-set victory over Broosova, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5).
The Women of Troy will next take to the courts against Arizona State this Saturday at noon in Tempe, Ariz.