June 4, 2014
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Baylor women's tennis placed four singles players and one doubles tandem in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings for the 2013-14 season, the ITA announced on Wednesday.
"I am proud of our players' individual and collective growth this season," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "We started the season with one nationally ranked singles player and doubles team. This final ranking shows how hard our players worked this year."
The four singles players, Kiah Generette (No. 52), Jordaan Sanford (No. 64), Ema Burgic (No. 77) and Blair Shankle (No. 109), are the most the Lady Bears have had ranked in the end-of-the-year rankings since also totaling four in 2011.
As a team, Baylor finished the year ranked No. 14, after compiling a 26-7 record and making the NCAA Round of 16 for the ninth time in the last 10 years. BU earned a top-20 ranking for a 10th-straight season. The Lady Bears were the highest ranked Big 12 team to end the season for the seventh time in the last nine years.
The tandem of Victoria Kisialeva and Shankle completed the season with a run to the NCAA Doubles quarterfinals to earn All-American honors and a No. 22 final ranking. Despite not playing together during the middle part of the season, Kisialeva and Shankle totaled a 21-6 record overall and a 10-3 mark in dual-match play. The pair went 2-1 in the NCAA Doubles Championship to be the first BU duo to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals since Nina Secerbegovic and Ema Burgic accomplished the feat in 2012.
Kisialeva earns her second-straight All-American doubles honor, after partnering with Burgic to garner the accolade last season.
Generette was 22-17 on the season and 15-12 in dual-match play. She spent the majority of the season at the top of BU's singles lineup and posted a 7-16 mark against ranked foes. She was selected to the NCAA Singles Championship and was a member of the All-Big 12 singles team.
Sanford was Baylor's most consistent player in her final season in Waco. The senior tallied a 27-7 record overall and a 22-4 mark in dual-match action. She was 17-4 in the No. 3 spot for the Lady Bears and 6-6 vs. ranked opponents. Sanford earned a bid to the NCAA Singles Championships and was named to the All-Big 12 singles team. She carded the ITA Texas Region's Most Improved Senior award as well.
Returning from injury, Burgic still carded All-Big 12 singles honors, while posting a 17-9 mark on the season and a 16-8 dual-match record. She was 14-6 at the No. 2 spot in the singles lineup and was 5-5 vs. ranked players. Shankle won her last six decisions of the season.
Shankle had a breakout season in her freshman campaign, racking up the most wins on the team with a 24-5 record overall and a24-2 dual-match mark. She was 14-2 at the No. 4 position and a perfect 8-0 at the No. 5 spot. Shankle went 5-2 against ranked foes, while
Baylor also made a splash in the ITA Texas Region rankings, placing four in the top 20 in singles and two in the top 10 in doubles. Ranked No. 2 as a team in the region, Baylor had Generette at No. 5, Sanford at No. 6, Burgic at No. 7 and Shankle at No. 12. In doubles, the Lady Bears had Kisialeva and Shankle at No. 2 and Burgic and Generette at No. 9.
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