April 25, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - To open the Big 12 Championships, the 14th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team swept eighth-seeded and 68th-ranked Kansas, 4-0, on Friday at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The victory pushed the Lady Bears into the event's semifinals for the 11th straight season. BU also claimed its 12th-straight win, including nine consecutive over ranked opponents.
In doubles, Victoria Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford snapped a three-match losing streak with an 8-2 win over Dylan Windom and Paulina Los on court No. 1. Minutes later, Ema Burgic and Kiah Generette got past Maria Cardona and Belen Ludena, 8-2 on court 2. At that point Alex Clay and Blair Shankle match was abandoned, despite the duo being at one point away from clinching the contest.
In singles, the 42nd-ranked Generette recorded a quick 6-0, 6-1 victory over Windom at the No. 1 spot. Alex Leatu followed with a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 5 over Nastya Trubich.
No. 92 Burgic clinched the match for the Lady Bears as she downed Cardon, 6-2, 6-2 on court two.
The loss dropped Kansas to 11-12 on the year.
- Baylor improved to 29-11 all-time in Big Championships play and 24-5 under Scrivano.
- BU is now 14-4 in Big 12 quarterfinal matches and 11-1 under Scrivano.
- BU will be making its 14th semifinal appearance. BU has an 8-5 record in the round.
- Baylor is 21-0 when winning the doubles point this season.
- BU has won 13 straight matches over the Jayhawks and owns a 18-4 advantage in series history.
- Burgic has won six straight singles matches.
- Burgic and Generette have now won 11 straight matches as a tandem.
STAT OF THE MATCH
8-0 - The combined score in the opening match for Baylor in the last two Big 12 Championships. The Lady Bears have beaten KU, 4-0, over last two years.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Our focus was on the way we play and the way we handle the little things. The girls obviously handled whatever was coming at them today and did a good job. We did a good job of focusing on the task at hand and when you do that good things happen." - head coach Joey Scrivano on the match
TOP QUOTE #2
"They have had a tough year. They have played predominantly in the number one spot and the competition is pretty fierce up there. Today they put it together and came through with a great win." -Scrivano on the 8-2 win in No. 1 doubles.
TOP QUOTE #3
"It is always good to move comfortably, but it is going to be a lot harder tomorrow."- Scrivano on the 4-0 first round victory
Baylor will now face the winner of No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday at 3 p.m. BU defeated both of those teams by 6-1 scores earlier this year in Waco.
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