April 2, 2014
WACO, Texas - The 16th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team took down No. 56 TCU, 4-3, on Wednesday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
In doubles, the Lady Bears came out and dominated on all three courts. The Baylor tandem of Kiah Generette and Ema Burgic captured the first victory over TCU's Sofiko Kadzhaya and Millie Nichols on court two, 8-4. Alex Clay and Blair Shankle's 8-6 win against Simona Parajova and Monike Sirilova clinched the doubles point for BU. To finish out doubles play, the Baylor duo Victoria Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford defeated Seda Arantekin and Stephanie Tan, 8-5, on court one.
In singles, Baylor added three more points to the board. Clay struck first by blowing past Sandra Ibarra, 6-0, 6-0, on court six.
TCU cut into the lead at that point as Monika Sirilova beat Makenzie Craft, 6-0, 6-2.
However, the Lady Bears would win the next two matches off to clinch the victory. First, the 48th-ranked Sanford beat Kadzhaya at the No. 3 spot, 6-1, 6-2. Sanford has not lost a match since Feb. 15 and the win improved her record to a 16-2 in dual-match play.
To clinch the victory, Blair Shankle captured her 10th-straight win with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 victory on court four.
With the match decided, Baylor would drop the final two matches of the contest for the final 4-3 tally.
- Baylor improved to 15-6 overall and 4-0 in Big 12.
- Clay did not give up a single game against the Horned Frogs.
- Sanford won her 10th-straight decision.
- The Lady Bears are 15-16 in the all-time series against TCU.
TOP QUOTE #1
"TCU is always a tough opponent for us. Today they pushed us until the very end. I love these types of matches because they shape your character and team identity. The doubles point was a big factor today. We did an outstanding job of bouncing back from a slow start. Our focus and toughness was excellent at all three positions." - head coach Joey Scrivano on the match against TCU.
TOP QUOTE #2
"Of course there are things we need to improve on. That's where our focus will be the next couple of days. It's all about learning and moving forward for us." - Scrivano on turning around to face Kansas on Friday.
The Lady Bears will travel to Lawrence, Kan. and continue conference action against Kansas at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
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