WACO, Texas – Kicking off its second doubleheader of the season, Baylor's 42nd-ranked women's tennis team defeated No. 48 Kansas State, 4-2, on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Baylor improves to 10-13 on the year and 4-1 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas State falls to 7-8 and 1-4 in league action.
To open doubles action, Baylor's Alex Leatu and Jordaan Sanford defeated Ivana Kubickova and Amina St. Hill, 8-3, on court 2. Alex Clay and Kiah Generette would follow up with an 8-5 decision on court 3 against Carmen Borau Ramos and Ana Gomez Aleman to secure the doubles point for the Lady Bears.
Twenty-ninth ranked Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva would drop their match in a 7-0 tiebreak to fall 8-7. The loss snapped Burgic and Kisialeva's 11-match win streak. BU also earned the doubles point for the fourth match in a row.
"I really like the way we competed on courts 2 and 3 in doubles," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "Court 1 couldn't focus for whatever reason today and just didn't play the way they normally play. They've been stellar for us at that position, and for some reason they couldn't focus as well as they have been."
With a 1-0 lead, BU would place another point on the board with Generette's 6-1, 6-1 victory against K-State's St. Hill to start singles play. The Wildcats would respond with a win on court 2 after Bonacic overpowered 120th-ranked Kisialeva, 6-3, 6-0.
Soon after, the Lady Bears would come back with two singles victories to clinch the match. Maria Biryukova snapped a four-match losing streak after defeating Borau Ramos in straight-sets, 6-4, 6-1 on court 5.
"Maria is a fighter, and she has a lot of confidence in herself," Scrivano said. "She isn't really phased by losing streaks. She just went out there and did her job. We really like the way she's developing."
Tenth-ranked Burgic extended her win streak to nine matches after taking down 11th-ranked Niedermayerova, 6-3, 6-1, to clinch the match. Kansas State earned its second point after Leatu retired from her match against Gomez Aleman, and Sanford lost on court 3 against Ivana Kubickova by a 6-3, 7-5 score.
The Lady Bears now hold a 16-4 all-time series edge against the Wildcats.
Up next, Baylor will take on Stephen F. Austin at 5 p.m. in the second match of its Sunday doubleheader
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