May 6, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Baylor women's tennis head coach Joey Scrivano has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year for a fifth time, while the Lady Bears led the conference with three singles players and two doubles teams earning All-Big 12 status, the conference announced on Tuesday.
"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized by your peers," Scrivano said. "They truly understand what it takes to develop a team on a yearly basis."
Scrivano garnered his second straight Big 12 Coach of the Year award and the fifth in his 12 seasons in Waco, after also winning it in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
"You can't accomplish anything without a team," Scrivano said. "From our players, to the coaches and the athletic administration we have a great thing going here at Baylor. I'm very proud to be apart of it."
This season, Scrivano's team is 24-6, including an undefeated 9-0 record in Big 12 action. Under Scrivano's guidance, the Lady Bears racked up two more Big 12 titles in 2014, winning both the regular season and postseason conference crowns. BU has a total of 17 Big 12 Championships and has won at least one title in nine of the last 10 seasons.
With a team ranking of No. 13, Scrivano's squad earned a 10th-straight berth into the NCAA Championships and will host first and second round action for the eighth time in the last nine years this weekend.
Three players, who were a major factor in Baylor's success in 2014, Ema Burgic, Kiah Generette and Jordaan Sanford all were named to the All-Big 12 singles and doubles teams. Meanwhile, Kisialeva joins that trio on All-Big 12 doubles list.
Burgic tallied her second consecutive All-Big 12 singles accolade and third straight All-Big 12 doubles honor. Individually, Burgic posted a 14-7 record in dual-match play and a 7-2 mark in conference action. She is currently ranked No. 81 in the country.
Generette secured her first All-Big 12 singles and doubles accolades as she compiled a 14-11 mark individually, while playing at the top of Baylor's lineup throughout the season.
Sanford earned her second straight All-Big 12 singles honor and first doubles distinction. She was BU's most consistent player during the season and has a 22-2 dual-match mark to show for it. She was 9-0 in Big 12 play, capturing the No. 3 singles position championship.
In doubles, Kisialeva and Sanford were 6-4 as a tandem, but only 1-4 in league play. The duo competed at the top of BU's lineup during the latter stages of the season and won its final three matches.
Burgic and Generette produced an 11-1 record and a 7-0 mark in conference play. The pairing has won its last 11 matches and went 8-0 at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
The All-Big 12 tennis teams and awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes. A total of 13 singles players and six tandems are honored.
Baylor has now had at least two singles honorees for nine consecutive seasons under head coach Joey Scrivano. In total, Baylor has now had 57 all-league honors, including 38 in singles and doubles teams recognized 19 times. Baylor has had at least one doubles tandem on the list for 11 straight season, but it is first time since 2009 that a pair of doubles duos were honored.
The Lady Bears will be back in action Friday as they host Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the opening round of the 2014 NCAA Championships. Baylor will face the Islanders at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to take on the winner of the Rice-Denver Chicago match. The second round contest is scheduled Saturday at 5 p.m.
Once the team competition has wrapped up, Generette and Sanford will both take part in the NCAA Singles Championships, while Kisialeva will partner with Blair Shankle to represent Baylor in the doubles draw.
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Player of the Year: Breaunna Addison, Texas, So.
Newcomer of the Year: Sofiko Kadzhaya, TCU, RS Fr.
Freshman of the Year: Viktoriya Lushkova, OSU, Fr.
Coach of the Year: Joey Scrivano, Baylor
All-Big 12 Team
Breaunna Addison, Texas
Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma State
Whitney Ritchie, Oklahoma
Petra Niedermayerova, K-State
Kiah Generette, Baylor
Jordaan Sanford, Baylor
Stefanie Tan, TCU
Ema Burgic, Baylor
Simona Parajova, TCU
Lynn Kiro, Texas Tech
Hermon Bhrane, Oklahoma
Megan McCray, Oklahoma State
Elizabeth Begley, Texas
Lushkova/Narattana, Oklahoma State
Adams/Kilgo, Texas Tech
Teltumbde/Sanders, Texas Tech