April 24, 2014
WACO, Texas - The 14th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will take on eighth-seeded and 68th-ranked Kansas at 9 a.m. on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championships.
The match will be BU's opener at the event, which takes place Thursday-Sunday, April 24 -27 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Baylor women enter the weekend in search of their seventh Big 12 Championship title in nine seasons. The Lady Bears are the No. 1 seed this weekend for the ninth time in 10 years.
Baylor, 21-6 overall, finished first in the league, after an undefeated (9-0) league record.
Baylor is currently ranked No. 14 in the country with one ranked doubles tandem, Blair Shankle and Victoria Kisialeva at No. 34, and three ranked singles players: No. 42 Kiah Generette, No. 48 Jordaan Sanford and No. 83 Ema Burgic.
The Lady Bears ended the season with 11 consecutive victories, including wins against four top-25 opponents.
As a team, Baylor compiled a 14-6 mark against ranked opponents, while going a perfect 7-0 versus unranked teams. All of BU's losses came against top-15 opponents.
Baylor closed out the season winning the doubles point for 11 straight matches, its longest streak of the regular season. BU is 20-0 when winning the doubles point this season.
The Lady Bears claimed one Big 12 Player of the Week honor this season. 48th-ranked Jordaan Sanford won the award on April 8, 2014. Sanford completed the regular season with a 22-2 record in dual-match play and a perfect 9-0 mark in conference action.
Individually, ranked at No. 42, Kiah Generette sits at the top of the lineup with an 11-10 mark in dual-match play.
Five Baylor student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Big 12 Team. Ema Burgic, Victoria Kisialeva, Alex Leatu and Abby Stainback earned first-team honors, while Alex Clay was honored as a second-team member.
Baylor vs. Kansas
The last time Baylor met Kansas, the Lady Bears came out with a 5-2 victory against the Jayhawks on April 4, 2014 at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
The Baylor tandem of Alex Clay and Blair Shankle claimed a dominating 8-0 victory over Anastasija Trubica and Morgan Barnhill on court three. To secure the doubles point for BU, Ema Burgic and Alex Leatu took down Dylan Windom and Paulina Los, 8-4, on court two.
Baylor's additional points came from straight-set decisions in singles action, including Shankle's 7-5, 6-2 victory over Maria Belen Leuduena to clinch the match.
In the all-time series, Baylor leads 19-4 over Kansas. The Lady Bears have won the last 13 matches over the Jayhawks.
If Baylor wins the match vs. KU, the Lady Bears will face the winner of the No. 4 Texas Tech/No. 5 Oklahoma match at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Head Coach Joey Scrivano
"It's another opportunity to improve our NCAA seeding. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing and taking care of the task at hand...Right now, it would be easy for us just to look at winning the Big 12 regular season and think we need a break right now, but that's the last thing we can do. We've just got to keep fighting through and pushing through."
On his thought toward his team...
"This is the first time this group, from January 1 to the end of April, have performed at a consistent level so all I'm trying to do is stretch out the period of time to continue competing at a high level. I think we've built a really strong reputation at developing our players and having a program that competes at the highest level year in and year out."
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