May 9, 2014
WACO, Texas - The 13th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships by taking down Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 4-0, on Friday night.
Due to bad weather conditions, the match originally schedule for the Hurd Tennis Center was moved to the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center.
The Lady Bears started off strong by claiming the doubles point for the 15th consecutive match this season. The 84th-ranked tandem of Alex Clay and Alex Leatu snagged the first victory over Stefania Nicolae and Kerry Galhos, 8-0, on court three.
Clinching the point for BU, Jordaan Sanford and Victoria Kisialeva took down Sandra Burges and Judit Vives, 8-5, at the No. 1 spot. Once the point was decided, Ema Burgic and Kiah Generette's match was abandoned.
In singles action, the Lady Bears were able to put three more points on the board quickly. Clay struck first, defeating Galhos, 6-0, 6-1, at the bottom of the lineup. On court one, Generette shutout Nicolae, 6-0, 6-0.
The match was clinched after Burgic defeated Vives, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 2 spot.
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STAT OF THE DAY
10 - the number of consecutive years Baylor has advance to the second round of NCAA play
- Baylor improved to 25-6 on the season and has now won 15 straight matches.
- TAMU-CC dropped to 22-6 on the season.
- BU is 28-16 in NCAA action and 25-10 under Scrivano.
- Baylor is 10-1 in first round NCAA action under Scrivano and 15-0 when playing NCAA matches at home.
- The Lady Bears have eight shutouts on the season.
- Baylor is 24-0 when winning the doubles point.
- Burgic has won nine straight singles matches.
- Burgic and Generette have now won 12 straight matches as a tandem.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Corpus Christi is a good team, a lot better than I anticipated. Their coaching staff, Steve Moore, they've done an amazing job. I had no idea that they'd be this good. The score, in tennis, lies all the time. The matches were very competitive, from start to finish. The doubles, the score didn't lie there, you could see that it was tight. Then in singles, they're tough competitors. They put a lot of balls in the court and make you work. We needed that. We really needed this kind of match." - Head coach Joey Scrivano on the match against TAMU-CC.
TOP QUOTE #2
"We have a lot of respect for Rice. They're one of the better teams out there. We played them twice, played them early in the season and it was a competitive match and then we played them in Houston, and I don't know how we won that match, to be honest. We didn't play our best that day, but at the same time Rice is just really, really good." - Scrivano on facing Rice.
The Lady Bears will take on 20th-ranked Rice (18-6) on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center. Baylor has defeated the Owls twice this season. The last time these two teams met, BU took down Rice, 4-3, at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on April 9.