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Men's tennis wraps fall; women win in Waco

Nov. 9, 2010

By Krista Pirtle
Reporter

The Baylor tennis teams had busy and successful weekends.

Senior John Peers and juniors Sona Novakova and Nina Secerbegovic all competed in the USTA/ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y., while Julian Bley, Roberto Maytin and Robert Verzaal played in the Texas Invitational in Austin. The women, minus Novakova and Secerbegovic, hosted the H-E- B Invitational in Waco.

Peers took his first round in straight sets but lost his second match in three sets, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (6) to Texas A&M's Austin Krajicek.

Novakova was defeated by Kristie Ahn of Stanford, 6-2, 6-2, in her first round of play.

When Novakova paired with Secerbegovic for doubles action, she met Ahn and her partner Nicole Gibbs, who fell to the Baylor duo 8-4.

Unfortunately for the Baylor women, they retired from the tournament because of injury.

"It was great to see them execute and play solid doubles. Sona was just out-classed by a very talented young player," head coach Joey Scrivano said.

In Waco, senior Karolina Filipiak won the singles title, beating sixth-seeded Maho Kosawe of Georgia 7-5, 7-5. Filipiak lost just one set in her six matches.

"We are all tremendously proud of Karolina's achievements this weekend," assistant coach Alison Ojeda said. "She came into this tournament unseeded and played like a champion from start to finish. She has put in a lot of work this fall and it is showing."

In Austin, Bley advanced to the second round and fell to Texas A&M's Alexis Klegou 6-2, 6-1.

Sixth-seeded Maytin lost his consolation bracket match to Phillip Seifert of Rice 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (8).

Verzaal also dropped his first-round match and retired with an injury in consolation play against Texas Tech's Raphael Pfister.

The duo of Maytin and Verzaal dropped a first-round match to Florida's Michael Alford and Andrew Butz 9-7.

Last weekend wrapped up the men's fall season, while the women head to Sarasota, Fla., for the US Intercollegiate Clay Courts beginning Friday and ending Sunday.