March 19, 2014
WACO, Texas - The 14th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team fell to No. 7 Texas A&M, 4-1, on Wednesday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The teams started the match with singles play, instead of the traditional three doubles matches as the match was broadcast by ESPN3 as part of the United States Tennis Association's College MatchDay initiative.
Junior Victoria Kisialeva was downed early by Stefanie Hristov at the No. 4 spot, 6-3, 6-1. On court one, Baylor's 52nd-ranked Kiah Generette could not get past 19th-ranked Cristina Stancu, 6-0, 6-4. Generette fell to 9-6 on the season.
Meanwhile, Alex Clay was defeated by Rutuja Bhosale, 6-4, 6-4, at the bottom of the lineup to give Texas A&M a 3-0 lead.
Blair Shankle put the only point on the board for the Lady Bears by defeating No. 100 Anna Mamalat, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0. Shankle is now 4-1 vs. ranked opponents. To wrap up the match, 68th-ranked Ema Burgic was upset by Ines Deheza, 6-3, 6-4. When TAMU clinched the match, Jordaan Sanford's match was abandoned on court three.
- Baylor fell to 10-6 overall on the season and 6-6 vs. ranked opponents.
- BU dropped to 8-3 at home.
- Shankle won her seventh straight decision and is 12-1 in dual-match play.
- BU trails the all-time series against the Aggies, 22-20.
STAT OF THE MATCH
7 - the number of consecutive decisions Shankle has won, four of those wins were against ranked opponents.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
Kids of the Baylor Cub Tennis Program huddle together to cheer on the Lady Bears before they face No. 7 Texas A&M pic.twitter.com/osGJ7pLEw2-- BaylorWTennis (@BaylorWTennis) March 19, 2014
TOP QUOTE #1
"College MatchDay is a great concept for college tennis. It brings a lot of exposure to a sport that desperately needs it. I couldn't be happier with the USTA supporting college tennis and picking us as one of the matches that they spotlighted. It was great that the Baylor and Waco community came out to make it a fantastic atmosphere." - head coach Joey Scrivano on hosting College MatchDay
TOP QUOTE #2
"The Aggies are tough. They don't give you much to work with. They don't beat themselves. When you play teams like that it is very difficult. We started off slow on a lot of courts. I can't exactly explain that. If I tried to, I feel like I would just be making a bunch of excuses. We just have to go back to the drawing board and get ready for who is next." - Scrivano on the match.
The Lady Bears are set to take on West Virginia at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
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