CLEMSON, S.C. –
Baylor's 29th-ranked women's tennis team couldn't finish the job against 17th-ranked Clemson, falling 4-3 on Friday in Clemson, S.C.
gradually making improvements," head coach Joey Scrivano said.
"Unfortunately, it's not showing up in our overall match score yet. When
you're playing the type of schedule
we're playing, it's a real character builder. Right now we're just
finding out what we're made of and who we really are."
In doubles action,
Koelzer and Yana Koroleva notched the first victory for the Tigers on
Court 2 over Baylor's Megan Horter and Alex Clay, 8-2. Clemson's
Beatrice Gumulya and Ani Miao followed suit with
an 8-3 victory against Alex Leatu and Kiah Generette to clinch the
doubles point at the No. 3 position. Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva's
contest against Liz Jeukeng and Tristen Dewar remained unfinished.
extended its 1-0 lead during singles play, earning straight-set
victories on Courts 1, 3, and 6. The Tigers clinched the match when
27th-ranked Koroleva pulled off
an upset against 12th-ranked Burgic on court 1, 6-1, 6-2.
the match-clinching point, Maria Biryukova won her contest against Miao
in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-4. The freshman is now 3-2 in dual match play.
match on court 2 headed into a third-set tiebreak. After losing her
first set, 3-6, the freshman overcame 29th-ranked Jeukeng 7-5 in the
second set and 10-5 in
a super tiebreaker, making the final score 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5).
match was the last to finish on the day. She swept a tiebreak in the
first set, 7-0, and ultimately closed out her contest against Koelzer,
7-6 (7-0), 7-5. Generette
is now 5-4 in singles play.
no question that at certain positions we're getting better," Scrivano
said. "Maria and Kiah are some of our most consistent players recently.
Over the last four or
five matches they've been the most consistent. They're progressing
With this win, Clemson (5-5) evened up the series record between the two teams at three matches apiece.
loss is the fourth in a row for BU to drop its season record to 4-9.
The Lady Bears have only won once over the past ten matches. The team is
also 3-9 against nationally
Up next for Baylor, the team will wrap up a five-game road swing against top-ranked North Carolina (12-1) on Sunday. The Tar Heels are coming off of a pair of 7-0 victories against Winthrop and East Carolina. Its lineup boasts seven ranked singles players and one doubles tandem.