WACO, Texas – Closing out a doubleheader, Baylor's 42nd-ranked women's tennis team defeated Big 12 foe Kansas, 5-2, on Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
"We competed well in some positions, and in others, we didn't," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "The biggest thing for this team is learning that things are not going to come easy. Today was another example of that. In the matches we struggled in, we wanted things to come easy. In the matches we excelled in, we just put our hard hats on and went to work."
Baylor improves to 9-13 on the year and 3-1 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas falls to 8-7 and 0-4 in league action.
Kicking off doubles action, Baylor's 29th-ranked duo of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva swept past KU's Dylan Windom and Maria Jose Cardona, 8-2, at the top of the lineup. Alex Leatu and Kiah Generette would follow up with an 8-5 decision on court 3 against Victoria Khanevskaya and Anastasija Trubica to secure the doubles point for the Lady Bears. Alex Clay and Jordaan Sanford's match against Paulina Los and Maria Belen Luduena was not completed.
With a 1-0 lead, BU would finish singles play with three more victories to secure the sweep. Tenth-ranked Burgic blanked Maria Jose Cardona, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 1 spot. Burgic has now won seven matches in a row to up her dual-match record to 16-5.
"Ema is the poster child for Baylor women's tennis right now," Scrivano said. "She struggled during her freshman season, was very inconsistent, and was difficult to coach. She was where a lot of our new players are this year. A year later, she's a sponge. She's our most coachable player, and you can see the progress in her game."
On court 4, Generette would follow suit with another straight-set decision, defeating Dylan Windom, 6-1, 6-4.
The Jayhawks would put two points on the board as Baylor's Kisialeva and Biryukova both retired from their matches on courts 2 and 5.
Sanford would close out singles action for the day, defeating Los, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 3 position.
The Lady Bears hold a 17-4 all-time series edge against the Jayhawks.
Baylor finishes 2-0 for the day, after downing Prairie View A&M, 4-0, in the first match.
"We're a team that's learning and maturing. We're obviously fighting to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament, so the positive today was that we were able to pull out two wins. Outside of that, we still have so much work to do, and we have a lot of lessons to learn."
Up next, Baylor will host another pair of matches at the Hurd Tennis Center on Sunday. First up, BU will face Kansas State at noon. Following the match, Baylor will take on Stephen F. Austin at 5 p.m.
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