Baylor Women’s Tennis Loses 4-2 To No. 12 Texas Tech - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Baylor Women’s Tennis Loses 4-2 To No. 12 Texas Tech

WACO, Texas – The 51st-ranked Baylor women's tennis team (12-13, 3-3) had its three-match win streak snapped with a 4-2 loss to No. 12 Texas Tech (18-3, 3-2) Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.  

Baylor rolled to a win in doubles as the 14th-ranked Kiah Generette and Blair Shankle took out No. 64 Gabriela Talaba and Alex Valenstein, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot. Meanwhile, Rhiann Newborn and Karina Traxler came back from a 4-1 deficit on court two to record a 6-4 triumph over Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici at the No 2 spot.

In singles, the Bears got out to a slow start as they won only two of six first sets.

The Red Raiders took advantage of that edge to take a 2-1 lead with straight-set wins on courts four and five.

First, Elizabeth Profit dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Federici at the No. 5 spot. Then Kelley Anderson was beaten 7-6(1), 6-2 on court four by Felicity Maltby.

Baylor picked up its lone singles victory at the No. 2 position with Newborn’s 7-5, 6-1 upset of No. 107 Talaba.

With the match now tied 2-2, all three remaining singles contests had been pushed in to third sets.

The Bears were unable to win any of those third sets. The 76th-ranked Shankle had her seven-match win streak stopped in singles with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 setback to No. 101 Dvorak at the top of the lineup.

Moments later, Theresa Van Zyl was unable to take advantage of her first set victory and lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to Katelyn Jackson at the No. 6 spot.

When the match was clinched, Generette was locked in a three-set battle with Alex Valenstein, 2-6, 6-3, 2-2 on court three.

BU still leads the all-time series over Texas Tech, 26-13, including wins in five of the last seven matches between the two teams.

• The Bears have now eight of their last 11 matches.

• BU is 127-14 in Big 12 matches under Scrivano.

“The margins are really small in these type of matches and Texas Tech just did a better job of competing at more positions. That is usually what makes the difference. This game is just about getting over the hump. We have to compete better at every position. We gave a lot away today. Not to take anything away from Texas Tech, but we gave a lot away today and we have got to correct that.” - head coach Joey Scrivano on the match


“Rhiann’s development has been incredible. She is moving in the right direction. She is just competing better and her understanding of the game has improved a ton. She is a bright spot for us for sure.” - Scrivano on Rhiann Newborn

Baylor will now host a doubleheader Wednesday at the Hurd Tennis Center as Incarnate Word comes to town at 10 a.m., followed by a 5 p.m. match against No. 54 Rice.

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