April 14, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. -
Notching its sixth straight win, the 35th-ranked Baylor women's tennis earned a 5-2 victory over No. 33 Oklahoma State on Sunday at the DeBois Tennis Center.
"We competed with a lot of heart during this road trip," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "Whenever we do that as a team, we're extremely tough to beat."
With the win, Baylor is now 13-13 overall and 6-1 in Big 12 play. The loss drops Oklahoma State to 12-7 and 4-4 in the Big 12.
To start off doubles action, BU's pairing of Alex Clay and Jordaan Sanford overcame Meghan Blevins and Karyn Guttormsen, 8-4, on court 2. Clay and Sanford have now won four matches in a row together, earning a 4-2 mark in the second doubles spot.
Alex Leatu and Kiah Generette would follow up with a win of their own, defeating C.C. Sardinha and Maria Alvarez, 8-5, to clinch the doubles point for BU.
Nineteenth-ranked Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva would earn the final doubles victory of the day against 37th-ranked Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana, 8-6. Baylor has now won the doubles point in eight straight matches.
In singles, Oklahoma State would strike first to even up the match at 1-1. Narattana took down Maria Biryukova on court 5 with a 6-1, 6-0 decision. However, Baylor would quickly to place three more points on the board to clinch the match.
First on court 3, Jordaan Sanford defeated Sardinha, 6-0, 6-3. Next up, Generette flew past Alvarez in straight-sets, 6-1, 6-2, on court 4.
To clinch the match for BU, the ninth-ranked Burgic won a 6-1, 6-0 contest on court 1 over the 72nd-ranked Rose. The win is Burgic's 12th-straight victory, earning a 19-5 overall record in the top of the lineup. Burgic and Generette remain undefeated (7-0) in Big 12 action.
In just her third singles match of the season, Clay would earn the last victory of the day for the Lady Bears at the bottom of the lineup, with a 6-4, 6-2 decision against Guttormsen.
OSU would earn its final point on court 2. Kisialeva's match was the last to wrap up, as she won her first set, 6-1. Blevins struck back during the second set, earning a 6-2 mark. Kisialeva would ultimately lose the match 10-8 in a third-set tiebreak.
Baylor now leads the all-time series 17-7 and has won 12 straight against the Cowgirls.
Up next, the Lady Bears will play their last home match of the season against Texas at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
"Overall, I feel the team is moving in the right direction," Scrivano said. "We have no margin for error. We can't let up, and we have to keep pushing through."
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