May 8, 2014
|2014 NCAA Championships First and Second Rounds
No. 13 Baylor (24-6)
May 9-11 | Waco, Texas | Hurd Tennis Center
Championship Central | Live Scoring | Tournament Notes | Live Blog| Live Video
No. 20 Rice (17-6) vs. No. 67 Denver (14-8) - 4 p.m.
No. 13 Baylor (24-6) vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (22-5) - 7 p.m.
Winner of match 1 vs. Winner of match 2 - 5 p.m.
WACO, Texas - The 13th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the opening round of the NCAA Championships on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center. If the Lady Bears down the Islanders, they will face the winner of Rice and Denver at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
- Baylor is making its 10th consecutive NCAA appearance and 17th overall in program history. BU has been to the Round of 16 in eight of the last nine years.
- This season, the Lady Bears are 24-6 after taking down Oklahoma State for their seventh Big 12 Championship title. Baylor was also the Big 12 regular season champion for the 10th time in 2014 with an undefeated 9-0 record.
- Baylor is currently ranked No. 13 with three ranked singles players: No. 40 Kiah Generette, No. 46 Jordaan Sanford and No. 81Ema Burgic.
- BU also has two ranked doubles tandems: No. 35 Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle and No. 84 Shankle and Alex Clay.
- Baylor is 11-5 in the first round of NCAA play all-time and 9-1 under head coach Joey Scrivano. BU is hosting the first and second round action for the ninth time overall and the eighth time in the last nine years.
- Individually, Baylor's 40th-ranked Generette tallied a 14-11 dual-match record on top of the singles lineup.
- Baylor has won the doubles point for 14 straight matches. BU is 23-0 when winning the doubles point this season. The Lady Bears were 14-3 at home this season.
- During the season, Baylor compiled a 17-6 mark vs. ranked opponents, while going a perfect 7-0 versus unranked teams. All of BU's losses came against top-15 opponents.
- The Lady Bears claimed one Big 12 Player of the Week honor this season. 46th-ranked Sanford won the award on April 8, 2014. She completed the regular season with a 22-2 record in dual-match play and a perfect 9-0 mark in conference action.
- Earlier this week, Scrivano was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year for the fifth time and three players, Ema Burgic, Generette and Sanford were named to the All-Big 12 singles and doubles teams. Victoria Kisialeva was an All-Big 12 doubles performer.
On the match against Texas A&M Corpus Christi...
"Obviously, they're a good enough team to make the tournament so they're going to present a challenge. Like I've said all year, it's all about us and we've got to find our rhythm and get back into good playing form. That's all I'm really concerned with right now."
On the layoff between the Big 12 Championship and NCAA action...
"Great players - layoff, no layoff, injured, healthy- they just come through and figure it out. We've got a lot of great players on this team and I think they'll do fine."
On the difference of hosting vs. playing on the road...
"It's a massive difference, especially if your fan base comes out and supports you. Then it becomes a huge advantage. I'll take playing at home over going to Northwestern like we did last year any day of the week. Last season made us tougher going on the road and battling a team like Northwestern. You can only gain experience from that."
On the success of his team...
"It's a simple formula. If you practice consistently with purpose, you improve and that's basically what we did this year."
Baylor staff and players will host two free clinics for children 11 years of age and younger at 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Live results, a live blog and a live video stream will be available for the matches on BaylorBears.com.
Baylor University is home to the 2015 NCAA Tennis Championships. The final 16 men's and women's teams will descend on Waco in May 2015 for the event. Following the team competition, individual singles and doubles championships will also take place at the Hurd Tennis Center.
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