Feb. 20, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 15th-ranked Baylor women’s tennis team came up short against No. 10 Texas A&M, 4-3, on Thursday at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
In doubles action, the Lady Bears dropped the point with losses on courts two and three. First, Ema Burgic and Kiah Generette faltered vs. Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat, 8-1, at the No. 3 spot. Meanwhile at the No. 2 position, Alex Leatu and Jordaan Sanford lost 8-4 vs. Ines Deheza and Saska Gavrilovska.
In singles play, Texas A&M kept the pressure on as Bholsale took down Megan Horter 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 6 position. Baylor got on the board when Burgic upset No. 47 Gavrilovska, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot. Next, the Lady Bears tied up the match at two points apiece as Sanford dispatched of Stefania Hristov 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.
However, the Aggies would take a 3-2 lead as the 19th-ranked Stancu bested the 59th-ranked Generette, 6-2, 6-4, at the top of the lineup.
When that match wrapped, the two remaining singles contests were both in third sets. On court five, Blair Shankle mounted a furious comeback after losing the first set to take a 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory over No. 103 Mamalat. That result knotted the contest at 3-3, but Texas A&M snagged the final point and the victory as Deheza got past Victoria Kisialeva 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 on court three.
- Baylor fell to 8-3 overall on the season and 4-3 vs. ranked opponents.
- BU trails the all-time series vs. Texas A&M, 22-20.
- Texas A&M is now 6-2 on the season and has won four straight in the series.
- Baylor is now 1-1 on the road this season.
- All three of Baylor’s losses have come to teams ranked inside the top 15.
- Baylor lost the doubles point for only the third time this year.
- The Lady Bears have not won a match this season when losing the doubles point
STAT OF THE MATCH
3 – the number of 4-3 matches BU has had the season. The Lady Bears are 1-2 in such contests.
TOP QUOTE #1
“Tonight’s performance obviously was not good enough. We're going to have to do a better job. The main thing is everybody needs to bring a stronger mindset to a match like this.” – Head coach Joey Scrivano
TOP QUOTE #2
“It's important that we stay connected and keep playing the right way. I know that we will learn from this match and keep building off the good things that we are doing.” – Head coach Joey Scrivano
Baylor will not be in action again until March 2 when the Lady Bears start Big 12 play vs. Texas Tech at 1 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.
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