Sept. 15, 2013
MIDLAND, Texas – The Baylor women’s tennis team took home two titles on the final day of The Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational as Blair Shankle won the consolation singles finale and teamed with Victoria Kisialeva to claim the main draw doubles crown on Sunday.
Shankle produced two straight-set victories on the day to earn the singles title. She first knocked off Penn State’s Devan McCluskey, 6-2, 6-2, before dropping fellow Nittany Lion Samantha Tutelmann, 7-5, 6-2, in the final.
Following the singles wins, Shankle partnered with Kisialeva for two doubles victories and another title. The BU duo first took out the country’s 10th-ranked tandem of Dominique Harmath and Natalie Beazant of Rice, 8-7(4). In the last match of the day, Shankle and Kisialeva bettered Rice’s Kim Anicete and Alison Ho, 8-3.
• The paring of Shankle and Kisialeva reeled off five straight wins in their first matches together over the last three days. The duo’s victory in the semifinal round was the first time a Baylor doubles tandem had knocked off a top-10 ranked team since April 3, 2013 when Kisialeva and Ema Burgic beat seventh-ranked Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov of Texas A&M.
• After losing her first collegiate match, Shankle won five in a row at the event. All three of her wins were in straight sets.
• Baylor’s two titles on the day were its first at the Midland Invitational since Jelena Stanivuk claimed the main draw singles title in 2009.
STAT OF THE DAY
11 – The number of matches (6 singles, 5 doubles) freshman Blair Shankle played over three days at the event.
TWEET OF THE DAY
Good showing for @BaylorWTennis at Midland Invite. Shankle/Kisialeva take doubles title. Shankle fights back to win singles consolation.— Joey Scrivano (@BUScrivano) September 15, 2013
TOP QUOTE #1
"Blair did an excellent job bouncing back from her loss on the first day. You hate to lose at any point in a tournament, but being in the consolation draw gives you a second chance to prove what you are capable of doing and that is exactly what she did. She played a lot of tennis and was tired, but she chose to focus on the right things. She was very smart in the way she handled her business on the court." - Baylor associate head Alison Ojeda on Blair Shankle
TOP QUOTE #2
"For Blair to win the singles title and then go on to take doubles as well was impressive. Blair and Vic communicated well on the court. Vic did a good job of being a leader and helping Blair understand what she was trying to get accomplished." - Baylor associate head Alison Ojeda on the doubles team of Blair Shankle and Victoria Kisialeva
Baylor will send select athletes to compete in the qualifying rounds of the ITF $50,000 Party Rock Open in Las Vegas, N.V., Sept. 22-24.