Feb. 27, 2014
IRVING, Texas - For the second time in three years, the Baylor women's tennis team has been unanimously selected to claim the Big 12 regular season championship by a vote of the league's head coaches, conference officials announced Thursday.
"The Big 12 is very deep this year," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "I think there are a bunch of teams in this league that could be ranked in the top 25 or better right now. It's always nice to see your team ranked high, but at the end of the day it absolutely doesn't mean a thing. Our focus needs to be on things that are important like getting better each day. When we do that the results take care of themselves."
The Lady Bears received nine first-place votes to secure the top spot over Texas, which tallied one first-place vote. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll.
Baylor, ranked No. 18 in the latest ITA rankings, is 8-3 on the season and features a squad with two ranked singles players (No. 38 Kiah Generette and No. 56 Ema Burgic) and one ranked doubles tandem (No. 42 Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle).
Last season, Baylor was picked to finish second in the league and ended up winning its ninth Big 12 regular season title. BU wrapped the season ranked 20th in the country, after posting a 17-15 overall record. The Lady Bears bring back seven letterwinners from that team, including Burgic, the 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year.
Behind Baylor, Texas was picked to finish second in this year's conference race. Texas Tech was selected to finish third with 64 points, while Bedlam rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State round out the top five. TCU checks in at No. 6 just seven points behind the fifth-place Cowgirls.
Kansas and Kansas State tied for the seventh spot with 29 points apiece, while Iowa State and West Virginia were picked ninth and 10th, respectively.
BU was unanimously picked to win the league in 2012 as well, but ended up tying for second.
The Lady Bears open Big 12 play on Sunday when they host No. 28 Texas Tech at 1 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.
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2014 BIG 12 WOMEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL
(First place votes in parentheses; Coaches not allowed to vote for own team)
Rank School Points
1. Baylor (9) 81
2. Texas (1) 71
3. Texas Tech 64
4. Oklahoma 59
5. Oklahoma State 49
6. TCU 42
T-7. Kansas 29
T-7. Kansas State 29
9. Iowa State 19
10. West Virginia 17