Jan. 10, 2014
Hawai'i (0-0) vs. #19 Baylor (0-0)
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2014 | 3 p.m. CT
Honolulu | University of Hawai'i Tennis Center
WACO, Texas - The 19th-ranked Baylor's women's tennis team opens its 2014 dual-match season at Hawai'i on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT at the University of Hawai'i Tennis Complex in Honolulu.
"I know the players are ready to kick the season off with this match," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "There's no secret formula for us. We need to focus on taking care of our side of the court. We'll have to compete hard and play with energy."
Last season, Baylor finished ranked No. 20 in the country, after posting a 17-15 record. The Lady Bears bring back seven letterwinners from that team, including Big 12 Player of the Year Ema Burgic. BU also welcomes newcomer Blair Shankle and transfers Makenzie Craft and Alicia Robinson.
The Lady Bears' roster features one ranked singles player in sophomore Kiah Generette, who is 38th in the country. Meanwhile, BU's doubles tandem of Victoria Kisialeva and Shankle is ranked 37th.
In 2013, Hawai'i posted a 6-14 record and a 4-4 mark in conference play. The Rainbow Wahine made it to the Big West Tournament and had a run to the Big West semifinals before falling to UC Irvine.
"The University of Hawaii has a dangerous team," Scrivano said. "They have returning players with NCAA tournament experience and newcomers with accomplished junior careers. They're a team that you can't underestimate."
BU last played at Hawai'i in 2012, earning a 5-2 victory in Honolulu on Jan. 7. Baylor owns a 3-0 record against the Rainbow Wahine all-time, including a 2-0 mark under Scrivano. The Lady Bears are 9-2 all-time in season openers under Scrivano.
Baylor has spent much of the week in Hawai'i going through training and practices to get ready for the season-opener.
Following the match at Hawai'i, Baylor will return to open its home slate on Jan. 18 with a doubleheader vs. Ohio State at 1 p.m. and vs. Texas Pan-American at 6:30 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.
For more information on the Baylor women's tennis team, follow the team's official twitter account: @BaylorWTennis.