March 27, 2014
WACO, Texas - The 16th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team has won four straight matches, after dispatching of St. Edward's, 4-1, and No. 38 Memphis, 6-1, on Thursday.
The Lady Bears opened the day by taking down the Hilltoppers at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center. BU earned 8-0 victories on courts two and three to clinch the doubles point. First, Alex Clay and Blair Shankle held Rafaelea Haegele and Francesca Chaher scoreless at the No. 2 spot. Next, Alicia Robinson and Makenzie Craft dominated Summer Biggs and Breanne Hesseltin at the No. 3 position. With the point decided, Victoria Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford polished off Brooke Hughes and Sasha Khadzhyan, 8-1, at the top of the lineup.
In singles play, Baylor won three of the first four matches to take the win. Abby Stainback opened the action with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Hesseltine at the bottom of the lineup. Alex Leatu pushed the lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory on court three over Haegele.
St. Edward's got its lone win of the day as Biggs downed Karen Avila, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 5 spot.
The 48th-ranked Sanford clinched the match for BU with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Brooke Hughes at the top of the lineup.
The two other singles matches were abandoned with the match decided.
The Lady Bears headed to the Hurd Tennis Center to kick off the second match of the day.
To start the match, Blair Shankle and Alex Clay took down Stefanie Mikesz and Anki Wind, 8-2, on court two. To secure the doubles point, Kiah Generette and Ema Burgic beat out Alyssa Hibberd and Skylar Kuykendall, 8-4, on court three. In the No. 1 doubles spot, Victoria Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford led 7-3, but with the point clinched the match was abandoned.
After doubles, the Lady Bears claimed five of the six singles matches. Sitting at the top of the lineup, No. 74 Burgic quickly posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Kuykendall to push the lead to 3-0. No. 48 Sanford got the Bears to within a post as she won over Caroline Wegner, 6-1, 6-2, on court three. To clinch, the match, the 34th-ranked Generette downed Mikesz, 6-3, 6-0 on court 2.
With the match clinched, Blair Shankle and Alex Clay went on to post win to boost the score to 6-0 in favor of the Lady Bears.
Memphis was able to get one point on the board as Marta Morga defeated Makenzie Craft, 6-2, 6-4, to end the match.
- Baylor improved to 14-6 overall and 12-3 at home.
- Burgic only gave up one game against the Tigers.
- Sanford won her eighth straight decision.
STAT OF THE MATCH
6-0 - the Lady Bears were perfect in three doubleheaders this season.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Overall, the girls were really focused and just ready to play. Memphis is the type of team that is really dangerous. They have had one big upset each of the last couple of years and we didn't want to be their upset for 2014. I am really proud of the way we competed today." - head coach Joey Scrivano on the matches
TOP QUOTE #2
"She is a professional. She does all the little things right. It was just a matter of time before she was back playing at her normal level. Today was a good day for her. She just has to keep doing the right things." - Scrivano on Ema Burgic
TOP QUOTE #3
"This is the first time that I have felt like all three doubles have played at a high level. I think mixing up some of the combinations was a good move. I am really excited about the way we are playing doubles." - Scrivano on his doubles lineup
The Lady Bears return to Big 12 action in their next match as they travel to TCU on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. match vs. the Horned Frogs.
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