No. 15 WTEN Faces No. 21 Texas

WACO, Texas – The No. 15 Baylor women’s tennis team (16-5) continues Big 12 Conference action with a dual match against No. 21 Texas (10-6) at home on Wednesday evening. First serve is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at Hurd Tennis Center.

 

Cub Tennis, a free clinic for children 11-years-old and under, begins at 5 p.m. prior to the match. To participate, children must wear athletic clothing and shoes. Tennis equipment is provided.

 

In their last meeting, the then-ranked No. 42 Lady Bears upset the then-ranked No. 24 Longhorns, 4-2, on April 23, 2016, at Westwood Country Club. The Longhorns lead the all-time series, 34-18, but Baylor has won 18 of the last 20 matchups.

 

“Both teams have had really strong seasons thus far and anytime we match up it comes down to the wire,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “The key for us is to get in the right mindset and put our focus on the things we can control.”

 

The Longhorns are on a three-match win streak, most recently defeating TCU (4-0), West Virginia (4-0) and Iowa State (4-0). They have a 3-3 record on the road and are 4-6 in Big 12 play. Texas boasts three ranked singles players including No. 36 Bianca Turati, No. 74 Petra Granic and No. 76 Neda Koprcina. They also have two ranked doubles duos including No. 46 Petra Granic and Danielle Wagland and No. 65 Petra Granic and Bianca Turati.

 

The Lady Bears, who have won five of their last six matches including victories over then-ranked No. 32 USC (4-1) and then-ranked No. 20 Texas A&M (4-0), look to defend their perfect home court record of 10-0 against the Longhorns this week.

 

Baylor has also notched three 4-0 results in a row, defeating Iowa State, West Virginia and SMU. Baylor is led in the rankings by No. 5 senior Blair Shankle, who notched her 100th career win on Friday, April 7, with a win over SMU’s Liza Buss. She is the ninth player in Baylor history to accomplish the feat.

 

Senior Rhiann Newborn is also ranked, coming in at No. 119 among singles players nationally. Baylor’s doubles duo of Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit are rated No. 44.

 

“Our focus can’t be on the outside stuff,” Scrivano said. “We have to focus on us. We have to make playing the right way and improving our game the priority.”

 

After a weekend off, the Lady Bears continue their home stretch against TCU on Wednesday, April 19. The dual match is set to begin at 4 p.m. at Hurd Tennis Center.

 

Follow the official Twitter and Instagram accounts of the team (@BaylorWTennis) for an inside look at the program.

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