March 2, 2014
WACO, Texas – Baylor’s 18th-ranked women’s tennis team opened Big 12 Conference play with a 6-1 victory over No. 28 Texas Tech on Sunday at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center.
The match was scheduled to be played outdoors at the Hurd Tennis Center, but inclement weather forced the match indoors.
In doubles action, BU was able to get past Texas Tech on courts one and three. First, Kiah Generette and Ema Burgic took down Beatriz Santos and Claire Williams, 8-1, at the No. 3 position. To claim the doubles point, No. 42 Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle defeated No. 31 Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo, 8-2, at the No. 1 position.
In singles action, Baylor won five of the six matches. On court five, Shankle took control of the first singles point by defeating Adams, 6-2, 6-2. Shortly after, 56th-ranked Burgic took down Rashmi Teltumbde, 6-3, 6-2.
On court one, 38th-ranked Generette clinched the match for the Lady Bears with a victory over Kilgo, 6-0, 7-5.
Meanwhile, Kisialeva could not get past Kiro in the final match tie-breaker, 3-6, 6-3, 10-2. Jordaan Sanford upset No. 112 Nikki Sanders, 7-5, 6-3 and to end the match, Alex Clay earned the last victory of the day, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 10-6, at the No. 6 position.
- Baylor improved to 9-3 overall on the season and 5-3 vs. ranked opponents
- Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Texas Tech, 22-11.
- Shankle and Kisialeva have won nine out of the 10 matches.
- Shankle won her fifth consecutive match improving 10-1 in dual match play.
STAT OF THE MATCH
9 - the number of doubles points won this season by the Lady Bears in 12 matches.
TOP QUOTE #1
“Texas Tech is always a tough opponent. They’ve done very well in the Big 12 the last two years and we knew that we had to be ready to play. I loved the way my team competed and fought all the way through the end.” - Head coach Joey Scrivano.
TOP QUOTE #2
“She’s done a fantastic job. She’s improved a lot since she’s been here. She’s definitely maturing and I think she understands the college tennis team aspect a lot better than she did a year ago.” - Scrivano on Generette
The Lady Bears will travel to Los Angeles, Calif. where they will face No. 2 UCLA on March 10 and No. 6 USC on March 11.
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