April 21, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -
The 28th-ranked Baylor women's tennis earned its ninth Big 12 regular-season title in the last 11 years with a 4-3 victory over No. 15 Texas Tech on Sunday at the McLeod Tennis Center.
"I'm really proud of my team," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "This past month, they have been incredibly focused, very determined and a lot easier to coach. If it wasn't for them getting on board and really buying in, this wouldn't have been possible. I'm especially proud of the returning players from last year, who are a big reason of why we're in this position. They helped pull this team together and get them on the right track."
With the win, Baylor is now 15-13 overall and 8-1 in Big 12 play. The loss drops Texas Tech to 18-5 and 8-1 in the Big 12. Both teams share the 2013 Big 12 Conference title.
Baylor has won eight straight matches and will now be the No. 1 seed at next week's Big 12 Championship in Norman, Okla. The Lady Bears will play Friday at 9 a.m. vs. the winner of a match between No. 8 seed Kansas and No. 9 seed Iowa State.
The Big 12 title was the 50th for the Baylor athletic department in the 17-year history of the conference. Baylor earned only 30 titles in the 81-year history of the Southwest Conference.
To start off doubles action, BU's 17th-ranked tandem of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva upset Texas Tech's 15th-ranked Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo, 8-4, on court 1.
Clinching the doubles point for Baylor, Alex Leatu and Kiah Generette earned an 8-4 win of their own on court 3 against Caroline Starck and Elizabeth Ullathorne. The BU duo has won five matches in a row with this win.
Alex Clay and Jordaan Sanford's doubles match against Rashmi Teltumbde and Nikki Sanders was unfinished.
In singles, Baylor would strike first to extend its lead to 2-0. Tenth-ranked Burgic flew past 93rd-ranked Adams in the first spot for the Lady Bears, 6-3, 6-1. Burgic has now won 14 matches in a row on court 1.
The Lady Raiders responded back with a victory on court 5, as Sanders got past Leatu, 6-1, 6-2.
Jordaan Sanford earned another point for the Lady Bears on court 3, with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Teltumbde.
Clinching the match for BU, Kisialeva snapped a five-match losing streak with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Kilgo on court 2.
Baylor defaulted in Generette's match against Ullathorne and Clay's match versus Starck, which gave Tech two additional points for the 4-3 final score.
Baylor now leads the all-time series against Texas Tech 23-11.
"I looked at this season as an incredible challenge," Scrivano said. "We had a very young team and a lot of injuries. Four of our starters didn't play this fall. This is as tough as they come, so for this team to become a Big 12 Championship team is just really amazing. My assistant coaches and the players deserve all the credit. I'm really happy for all these kids who haven't won a championship to say they're Big 12 champions. That's what it's about for me."
Up next, the Lady Bears will travel to Norman, Okla. for the Big 12 Championship from April 25-28.
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