April 11, 2014
WACO, Texas - The 17th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team remained undefeated in Big 12 play after a 5-2 victory against No. 23 Oklahoma State at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The Lady Bears (19-6, 7-0) pushed ahead early in the match by snagging the doubles point for the ninth match in a row. BU's Alex Clay and Blair Shankle claimed the first victory over Katarina Adamovic and Karyn Guttormsen, 8-4, on court three.
At the top of the lineup, Victoria Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford's 8-6 slip against 49th-ranked Viktoriya Lushkova and Kanyapat Narattana left the doubles point to be decided at the No. 2 spot. Ema Burgic and Kiah Generette were up to the challenge as the duo downed Caria Tur Mari and Maria Alvarez, 8-4, to clinch the point.
In singles action, Baylor earned wins on four of the six courts. However, OSU's Karyn Guttormsen struck first and defeated Alex Leatu, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 5 spot. The Lady Bears responded back with a victory on court 4, as No. 116 Shankle took down Katarina Adamovic, 6-2, 6-4.
The 97th-ranked Burgic pushed the BU lead to 3-0 as she dispatched of Megan McCray at the No. 2 spot, 6-4, 6-4.
Clinching the match for BU, 56th-ranked Sanford took control over OSU's Kanyapat Narattna, 6-4, 6-3, on court 3.
OSU got its final point on court one where the 78th-ranked Lushkova upset No. 51 Generette, 7-5, 1-6, 10-4.
Wrapping up play, Clay was able to move past Tur Mari, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5), at the bottom of the lineup.
- Baylor improved to 19-6 overall and 7-0 in Big 12 play.
- The Cowgirls dropped to 12-6 overall and 6-1 in Big 12 action.
- Shankle and Sanford each won their 14th straight singles decision.
- The Lady Bears lead 18-5 in the all-time series against OSU.
STAT OF THE MATCH
9 - The number of matches BU has won in a row.
TOP QUOTE #1
"We played with a lot of intensity and had a lot of focus. I couldn't be prouder of the effort across the board. Our whole team just showed up and wanted it bad." - head coach Joey Scrivano on the match
TOP QUOTE #2
"Blair and Jordaan are just so consistent at what you do. They don't get too up and they don't get too down. They are just so level-headed. In a sport like tennis that makes a massive difference." - Scrivano on the win streaks of Sanford and Shankle
TOP QUOTE #3
"We just have to keep doing what we are doing. We can't celebrate too much right now. There are still matches ahead of us. Oklahoma is going to be really tough. They have been the most consistent team week in and week out. It is going to be a really tough match." - Scrivano on facing Oklahoma Sunday
The Lady Bears will be back in action at home to face No. 18 Oklahoma (15-3, 5-1) at the Hurd Tennis Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. The match will be Senior Day for the Lady Bears. With a victory against the Sooners, BU would clinch a share of the Big 12 regular season title.
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