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Women's Tennis Set For No. 21 Rice

Jordaan Sanford

April 8, 2014

WACO, Texas -The 17th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will travel to Houston to take on the 21st-ranked Rice Owls at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Jake Hess Tennis Center.

"Rice is always a tough match for us," head coach Joey Scrivanosaid. "They're having another tremendous season. We're excited to play a top-25 team late in the season. They can only help us improve down the stretch."

Most recently, Baylor (17-6, 6-0) defeated Kansas State, 5-1, on Sunday in Manhattan, Kan. Baylor secured five of the six singles matches, but did not finish doubles play due to a travel curfew. Baylor's 56th-ranked Jordaan Sanford and No. 116 Blair Shankleeach won their 12th straight decision of the season.

Baylor's lineup also features No. 51 Kiah Generette and No. 97 Ema Burgic. Generette has compiled a 10-8 mark at the No. 1 spot, while Burgic owns a 7-7 record overall.

BU's most successful doubles paring is the 33rd-ranked tandem of Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle, owning a 10-3 mark overall. Generette and Burgic follow the duo with a 6-1 in dual-match play and 4-0 mark in conference action.

Rice (13-5) is coming off a 6-1 victory over No. 31 DePaul, which improved the Owls record to 6-2 at home. Rice has three ranked singles players in their lineup: No. 82 Katherine Ip, No. 103 Natalie Beazant and No. 109 Dominique Harmath. In doubles, No. 48 Beazant and Liat Zimmermann lead the team with a 7-4 mark in dual-match play.

The last time these two teams met, BU defeated Rice, 6-1, on February 8, 2013, at the Hurd Tennis Center. The Lady Bears are 7-12 in the all-time series against the Owls.

Live scoring for the match will be available on, via

After the match against Rice, BU will return home to face Oklahoma State at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

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