April 19, 2013
WACO, Texas -
In its final regular season home match, Baylor's 28th-ranked women's tennis team earned a 4-3 victory against No. 26 Texas on Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The Lady Bears have now won seven matches in a row and raise their record to 14-13 with the win. In Big 12 play, BU is 7-1, while Texas falls to 13-10 and 6-2 in league action. BU has now won 14 of the last 15 matches against Texas.
"I love the way we competed in doubles today," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "On all three courts we had the right mindset, and it definitely got us off on the right foot. It got the momentum going for us. Texas is tough, they battled back and it was just a tremendous match from start to finish. We were very fortunate to come out on top today."
On court 3, BU's pairing of Alex Leatu and Kiah Generette flew past Texas' Annat Rabinovich and Lana Groenvynck, 8-1, to open play.
To clinch the doubles point for Baylor, the 17th-ranked duo of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva defeated Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott on court 1, 8-4.
Alex Clay and Jordaan Sanford's match against Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis was not finished.
Despite Baylor winning the doubles point, Texas would be the first to strike in singles action. On court 2, the 38th-ranked Ellis took down Kisialeva, 6-2, 6-1.
However, No. 10 Burgic would earn her 13th-straight victory at the top of the lineup against the 36th-ranked Addison, 6-2, 6-3, to push BU back in front.
The Longhorns would go on to take a 3-2 lead in the match as Groenvynck claimed a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Biryukova at the bottom of the lineup and Begley earned a 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory on court 3 against Sanford.
However, Leatu would even the match up at 3-3 with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 victory against Padegimaite on court 5.
As that match wrapped Generette, a freshman, held a 6-4, 4-2 on court 4. She went on to clinch the match for Baylor, 4-3, with a straight-set, 6-4, 6-4 decision against Scott.
"That match was so physical," Scrivano said. "They had games that lasted for half an hour. I was just hoping that Kiah had enough in the tank, and obviously she did. I just love how focused she was."
Baylor now trails the all-time series against UT, 34-15.
"It was a real team effort," Scrivano said. "I feel like this was the first time all year that all our players showed up and competed hard and had the right mindset. It was good to see that their mental toughness is developing."
Up next, Baylor will face 15th-ranked Texas Tech (18-4, 8-0) in a Big 12 showdown at 2 p.m. at the McLeod Family Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas. With a win over TTU, Baylor would clinch a share of the Big 12 title and earn the No. 1 seed at next week's Big 12 Championship in Norman, Okla.
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