April 26, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - In the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championships, the 14th-ranked Baylor women's team got its second straight 4-0 victory, taking down No. 30 Texas Tech on Saturday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The win propelled the Lady Bears (23-6) into the event's finals for the ninth time overall and the first time since 2011. BU also claimed its 12th-straight win, including 10 consecutive over ranked opponents. Baylor had beaten No. 68 Kansas, 4-0, on Friday in quarterfinal round of the championships.
In doubles, Victoria Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford won their second-straight match with an 8-4 upset over 63rd-ranked Sam Adams and Kenna Kilgo at the top of the lineup. Alex Clay and Blair Shankle bested Beatriz Santos and Lynn Kiro, 8-3, at the bottom of the lineup.
In singles, Baylor picked up points two and three moments apart. First, Shankle downed Nikki Sanders, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot and then Alex Leatu posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Adams at the No. 5 position.
For the second day in a row, Ema Burgic clinched the match for the Lady Bears as she powered past Rashmi Teltumbde, 6-2, 6-1 on court two.
The loss dropped Texas Tech to 17-7 on the year.
- Baylor improved to 30-11 all-time in Big Championships play and 25-5 under Scrivano.
- BU is now 9-5 in semifinal matches and 8-4 under Scrivano.
- BU will be making its ninth final appearance. BU has a 6-2 record in its previous eight trips to the finale.
- Baylor now leads the all-time series vs. Texas Tech, 23-11.
- Baylor is 22-0 when winning the doubles point this season.
- Burgic has won seven straight singles matches.
- Burgic and Generette have now won 11 straight matches as a tandem.
STAT OF THE MATCH
7 - the number of matches BU has swept this season.
TOP QUOTE #1
"The scores don't really tell the full story. Tennis is a tough sport and it is very physical. It is tough on you mentally and emotionally. Our players are embracing it and obviously doing it pretty well."- Head coach Joey Scrivano on the match
TOP QUOTE #2
"I think we are competing really hard and are focused on the task and process. We are obviously not getting too hung up on the outcome and that is an area I am really proud of. It is hard to not look too far ahead and not just do the job in front of you. For back-to-back days we have done a great job of focusing on the task and good things have come from it." -Scrivano on the focus of the team.
Baylor will face No. 25 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship final at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Bears beat Oklahoma State 5-2 earlier this season.
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