UPDATE: ORU vs. Baylor NCAA Tournament Match Moved to 11 am
Because of rain in the Waco area, the match is scheduled to start at 11 am CT.
ORU is part of a four-team regional pod hosted by Baylor in Waco, Texas. Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin will battle in the other first round match on May 11, with the winners to face off one day later in the second round.
The Golden Eagles (13-5, 8-0 Summit League) booked their NCAA Tournament trip with a victory at last week’s Summit League Women’s Tennis Championship in Kansas City. ORU defeated IPFW in the championship match, 4-3, with Summit League Player of the Year Iryna Khatsko scoring the clinching point in a three-set thriller at top flight singles.
Khatsko, fellow seniors Lina Semenova and Kristin Gray and junior Tori Dollar represented ORU on the 2012 All-Summit League Team. The quartet combined to go 38-3 in Summit League matches this season.
The NCAA Tournament appearance is the eighth for ORU and their first since 2009, when they fell to Arkansas in the first round.
Current senior Ekaterina Kondrashova is the lone remaining member of ORU’s 2009 NCAA qualifier.
ORU and Baylor have faced off twice before in NCAA Tournament play, with the Bears taking first round victories in 2007 and 2008.
Baylor (23-7, 7-2 Big 12) fell in the championship round of the Big 12 Tournament, 4-3, to Texas A&M. The Bears have three nationally-ranked singles players: No. 15 Diana Nakic, No. 22 Nina Secerbegovic and No. 48 Sona Novakova. Secerbegovic and Ema Burgic combine to form the nation’s 12th-ranked doubles tandem.
The winner of the Waco Regional will advance to Athens, Ga., where the final 16 teams will square off for the National Championship beginning on May 17.