WACO, Texas – The 16th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team remained undefeated in Big 12 Conference play after defeating No. 69 Kansas State, 5-1, on Sunday in Manhattan, Kan.
Due to rain in the area, the match was contested indoors at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. With the venue change, the match started off with singles action as the Lady Bears earned wins in five of the six matches.
Kansas State's 56th-ranked Petra Niedermayerova struck first by upsetting No. 34 Kiah Generette, 6-1, 6-2 at the top of the lineup.
After that, the Lady Bears did not give up another point.
Putting the first point on the board for BU, 48th-ranked Jordaan Sanford took down Maria Panaite, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 3 spot. Baylor's 74th-ranked Ema Burgic put the Lady Bears ahead by one point as she defeated Palma Juhasz, 6-3, 6-1, on court two. No. 103 Blair Shankle's 6-2, 6-1 win against Amina St. Hill pushed Baylor to a 3-1 lead.
The match was clinched after Alex Leatu downed Bago 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot. Alex Clay carded the final victory for the Lady Bears with a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over Livia Cirnu.
In doubles, the Lady Bears only finished one match due to travel curfew. After Shankle and Clay's 8-5 victory over Livia Cirnu and Panaite on court three, the other two matches were abandoned.
· Baylor improved to 17-6 overall and 6-0 in Big 12.
· Kansas State falls to 8-10 overall and 2-4 in Big 12 action.
· Sanford only gave up two games against the Wildcats.
· Shankle and Sanford each won their 12th straight decision.
· The Lady Bears lead 17-4 in the all-time series against KSU.
STAT OF THE MATCH
2 – The number of Big 12 teams left undefeated (Baylor and Oklahoma State).
TOP QUOTE #1
"I'm proud of the ladies' effort and focus today. Winning on the road is never easy. It will be good to be home for a couple of days before we play Rice. K-State has a good young team with a superstar senior at No. 1. They have a nice foundation to build on moving forward." – head coach Joey Scrivano.
TOP QUOTE #2
"Ema rebounded well from a tough loss yesterday. She found her groove and made some key adjustments with her game. Overall, the team is continuing to make progress. There's still a lot of tennis in front of us so we'll need to stay on the right track." – Scrivano on Burgic.
The Lady Bears will travel to Houston, Texas, to take on No. 26 Rice at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
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