Jan. 25, 2014
WACO, Texas - The 19th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team swept its opponent for the second consecutive match, downing the 49th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, 7-0, at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday.
In doubles action, the 37th-ranked Baylor duo of Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle claimed the first win over Carmen Sandor and Katia Blik, 6-2, at the No. 1 position. Next, BU's Jordaan Sanford and Alex Clay fell to Marie Bedard and Dasha Sapogova, 6-3. To claim the doubles point for Baylor, Kiah Generette and Alex Leatu defeated Taylor Shukow and Katherine Whiteaway, 6-2.
The Lady Bears swept all six of the singles match. Shankle snagged the first win defeating Marie Bedard, 6-1, 6-2. Sanford took down Dasha Sapogova, 6-2, 6-0, and Leatu defeated Taylor Shukow, 6-2, 6-0, to clinch the match.
Meanwhile, 38th-ranked Generette beat Katia Blik, 6-0, 6-2 and Kisialeava fought for a win over Carmen Sandor, 6-1, 6-4. To end the night, Makenzie Craft bounced back from a first-set loss to earn the win in a third-set tie-breaker against Katherine Whiteaway, 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.
With the win, Baylor improved to 6-0 on the season, while handing Penn State (3-1) its first loss of the season. BU now owns a 3-0 record all-time vs. the Nittany Lions.
- Sanford, Generette and Leatu each only gave up 2 games in singles action,
- Kisialeva and Shankle won their fifth consecutive doubles match.
STAT OF THE MATCH
5- The number of matches Kisialeva, Shankle and Sanford have won in a row in singles action.
TOP QUOTE #1
"The girls competed really hard tonight. We have a lot of opportunities to show what kind of character we have and I'm really proud of the effort and it was a good overall match." - Head coach Joey Scrivano
TOP QUOTE #2
"She has a lot of heart. She's a competitor. She has a lot of fire too and that was a great win for her." - Scrivano on Craft
The Lady Bears take on No. 2 Florida at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Hurd Tennis Center.
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