May 15, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - Baylor's 13th-ranked women's tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 4 Virginia in the NCAA Championships Round of 16 on Thursday at the Hopkins Indoor Facility.
The match was forced inside, after rain in the Athens area made playing outdoors hazardous.
The loss ends Baylor's season at 26-7 and snaps a 16-match win streak for the Lady Bears.
To open the contest, BU lost its first doubles point since March 15 by dropping matches on courts one and three.
First, the 84th-ranked pairing of Blair Shankle and Alex Clay fell to Danielle Collins and Maci Epstein at the No. 3 position, 8-4. It was the first loss of the season for the BU pairing, after being 13-0 together.
In singles play, Virginia quickly extended its lead as 40th-ranked Kiah Generette dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to fourth-ranked Julia Elbaba, 6-0, 6-1, at the top of the lineup.
Freshman Blair Shankle provided Baylor with is lone win of the day, upsetting 76th-ranked Rachel Pierson, 6-0, 7-6(5) at the No. 4 spot.
From that point, Virginia wrapped things up with victories on courts two and three.
The 46th-ranked Sanford was beaten by No. 53 Stephanie Nauta, 6-4, 7-5 at the No. 3 spot.
To end the match, No. 81 Burgic had a 10-match win streak stopped as she lost to No. 32 Danielle Collins, 6-4, 6-3 on court two.
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STAT OF THE DAY
57 - the number of days since Baylor's last loss. The Lady Bears had won 16 straight matches, before today's defeat.
- BU is now 29-17 all-time in NCAA action and 26-11 under Scrivano.
- The Lady Bears are now 5-5 in the round of 16 and 5-4 under Scrivano.
- Baylor is 0-6 when dropping the doubles point this season.
- Baylor still leads the all-time series vs. Virginia, 3-2.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Virginia is a really, really good team and they played very well today. We just didn't have enough." - head coach Joey Scrivano on the match
TOP QUOTE #2
"Tennis is an outdoor sport and this is the pinnacle of the season and you want to play it outside. I don't think it is good for student athletes to play on four courts indoors. We had two of our seniors that barely got to play any singles today. It is not about the indoor deal, it is about the student-athlete experience. Virginia is really good indoors or out, so that wasn't the issue for us." - Scrivano on playing indoors
TOP QUOTE #3
"Blair has just been a really solid player all year long. That doesn't mean some of our other players haven't been solid. Kiah, the score doesn't look like it, but she competed really hard today. She just ran into a really tough opponent. Some days you find your rhythm and you are playing really well and your opponent is not." - Scrivano on Blair Shankle
With the team portion of the season wrapped, Baylor will be represented by four players in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. Kiah Generette and Jordaan Sanford will take part in the 64-person singles draw, while Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle will be in the 32-team doubles draw.