April 13, 2014
WACO, Texas - Baylor's 17th-ranked women's tennis team earned a 6-1 victory over No. 18 Oklahoma on Sunday at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center to clinch a share of its 10th Big 12 regular season title.
Baylor (20-6, 8-0) won its 10th straight match, including seven consecutive contests over ranked foes. The loss dropped Oklahoma to 15-5 overall and 5-3 in Big 12 play.
On court one, Jordaan Sanford and Victoria Kisialeva could not get past 70th-ranked Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie, 8-5. Clinching the doubles point for Baylor, Blair Shankle and Alex Clay defeated Hermon Brhane and Zita Engbroks, 8-4, on court three.
The Lady Bears are now 19-5 in doubles points this season and have won every match in which they have won the doubles point.
In singles action, Sanford struck first with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Chumney at the No. 3 spot. Clay put another point on the board for BU as she downed Abbi Melrose, 6-1, 6-1, at the bottom of the lineup.
To clinch the match for Baylor, Leatu downed Emma Devine, 7-5, 6-4, at the No. 5 spot.
Those first three points of the day in singles for Baylor all came from seniors. Clay, Leatu, Sanford along with Abby Stainback were all recognized prior to the match in a Senior Day celebration.
OU earned its only point of the day on court four where Lancaster took control over No. 116 Shankle, 6-3, 7-6. The loss snapped a 14-match winning for Shankle.
Wrapping up play, Baylor's 51st-ranked Generette took down No. 86 Richie, 4-6, 2-4, 7-5, at the top of the lineup.
- Baylor clinched a share of its 10th Big 12 regular season title.
- BU has won at least a share of the Big 12 title in eight of the last nine years.
- This is Baylor's 54th Big 12 title as an athletic department
- Baylor improved to 20-6 overall on the season and 8-0 in Big 12 play.
- Baylor has now won at least 20 matches in nine of the last 10 seasons.
- Baylor leads 18-3 in the all-time series vs. the Sooners.
- The Lady Bears have won 12 straight matches over the Sooners
- Sanford won her 15th consecutive decision in singles play.
STAT OF THE MATCH
19 - the number of doubles points won this season. BU is 19-0 when winning the doubles point.
TOP QUOTE #1
"The seniors did a fantastic job. They were the core that put this team together and kept this team together. Every year it's a journey. There are a lot of ups and downs and winning is hard. This team bought into what we were selling and what we were preaching." - Scrivano on Clay, Leatu and Sanford.
TOP QUOTE #2
"The last match on the schedule is Texas and we want to finish strong, so our focus is preparing for that match now." - Scrivano on why the team did not celebrate a Big 12 title on Sunday
TOP QUOTE #3
"Whitney Ritchie is one of the best that's played in this conference. For Kiah to come back and win says a lot about her will and her fight. Playing dead matches is one of the hardest things to do. Kiah kept fighting and got a well-deserved win." - Scrivano on Generette.
Baylor will have a chance to go for the outright Big 12 title when the Lady Bears travel to Austin, Texas, to face the No. 22 Texas on Friday at 5 p.m.
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