April 9, 2014
HOUSTON – The 17th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team picked up another victory on the road after defeating No. 21 Rice, 4-3, at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Wednesday.
To open the match, The Lady Bears snagged the doubles point for the 16th time this season. First, the Baylor duo of Kiah Generette and Ema Burgic took down Dominique Harmath and Alison Ho, 8-4, on court two. To secure the doubles point, Alex Clay and Blair Shankle moved past Solomiya Zinco and Katherine Ip, 8-6, on court three. After BU claimed the point, Victoria Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford’s match at No. 1 doubles was abandoned.
In singles action, Baylor was able to win three of the six matches. After Kisialeva’s 6-3, 6-1 loss on court six, No. 116 Shankle put the first singles point on the board for BU, claiming a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Liat Zimmermann at the No. 4 spot. Meanwhile, Clay could not get past Kimberly Anicete, 7-6, 6-0 on court five.
With the match tied, No. 97 Burgic was able to push Baylor in the lead after she downed No. 103 Natalie Beazant, 7-5, 6-4 at the top of the lineup. With 51st-ranked Generette’s 6-1, 6-4 loss against No. 109 Dominique Harmath, the deciding match would come down to 56th-ranked Jordaan Sanford’s three set victory, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, over No. 82 Katherine Ip in the No. 3 spot.
TOP QUOTE #1
- Baylor improved to 18-6 overall.
- BU improved to 6-3 on the road.
- The Lady Bears are now 11-6 vs. ranked opponents.
- The Owls dropped to 13-6 overall.
- Shankle and Sanford each won their 13th straight decision.
- The Lady Bears are 8-12 in the all-time series against Rice.
“Rice has a very good team with an incredible fight. They threw everything at us today. We were fortunate to win. I'm proud of the way we competed from start to finish in doubles. In singles, we played good sets here and there, but we still have a lot to improve.” – head coach Joey Scrivano
TOP QUOTE #2
“Thankfully, we had some stellar individual performances that put us over the hump. Jordaan and Ema raised their focus to an entirely new level. I’m so proud of the way they kept fighting and problem solving.” – Scrivano on Sanford and Burgic.
The Lady Bears will return home to face No. 23 Oklahoma State (12-5, 7-0) at the Hurd Tennis Center on Friday at 5 p.m. Both teams are undefeated in the Big 12 Conference play.
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