April 29, 2014
WACO, Texas - The 14th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will host first and second round action of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship on May 9-10.
"It's always great to host," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "Who wouldn't want to play in front of their own fans? I think we play a lot better at home so it's a great advantage for us."
Making its 10th consecutive appearance and 17th overall in the NCAA Championships, the No. 14 overall seed Baylor will be joined by its first-round opponent, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, along with Rice and Denver. The Lady Bears will hit the court Friday at 7 p.m., just after the conclusion of the 4 p.m. match between Rice and Denver. The winners of those two matches will play on Saturday at 5 p.m. for a chance to advance to the Round of 16 at the finals site in Athens, Ga.
Scrivano will be making his 13th overall trip to the NCAA tournament as a head coach, including his 11th at the helm of the Baylor program. The Lady Bears have made the Round of 16 in eight of the last nine seasons, including five appearances in the Elite Eight (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and two Final Four berths in 2008 and 2011.
BU was the Big 12 regular season champion for the 10th time in 2014. The Lady Bears are currently 24-6 after taking down No. 25 Oklahoma State, 4-1, to claim their seventh Big 12 Championship title. With that victory, BU was guaranteed an automatic berth in the NCAA field.
"We are playing our best tennis," Scrivano said. "There's no doubt about it. This team has steadily improved from January until now. They've made some huge strides and we're peaking at the right time."
BU's 42nd-ranked Kiah Generette sits at the top of the lineup with a 12-10 mark in dual-match play. Ranked No. 83, Ema Burgic holds a 12-5 record at the No. 2 spot with an eight-match winning streak. No 48 Jordaan Sanford holds the longest winning streak of the season with 16 straight decisions.
TAMU-CC is coming off a 5-2 victory over Northwestern State to clinch the Southland Conference Championship. The Islanders own a 22-5 overall record and are led by Stefania Nicolae, who holds an 8-15 mark at the No. 1 spot.
No. 19 Rice enters the event with a 17-6 record and most recently defeated No. 21 Tulsa, 4-2, in the Conference USA Tennis Championships. The Lady Bears have defeated the Owls twice this season.
The 69th-ranked Denver Pioneers (14-8) earned an automatic berth to the event, after shutting out Fort Wayne, 4-0, to claim the Summit League Championship title.
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