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Baylor WTEN: Baylor Senior Upsets No. 2 Seed in ITA Nationals Action

Baylor senior Blair Shankle’s upset of No. 2 seeded Ena Shibahara of UCLA highlighted day two of the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championship at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The 54th-ranked player bested the second-ranked player among newcomers and freshmen in three sets, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

Shankle’s run came to a close in quarterfinals, where she was defeated by the tournament’s No. 5 seed Astra Sharma. The Dallas, Texas, native fell, 6-2, 6-4, to the 19th-ranked player out of Vanderbilt.

In consolation doubles, Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit topped Pepperdine’s duo of Luisa Stefani and Apichaya Runglerdkriankrai in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The Bears advance to meet the No. 3 seed Cal duo of Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr in the semifinal round at 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.

Links to UTSA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championship live scoring and the live stream are available on the women's tennis schedule page at www.baylorbears.com.

TOP QUOTES
“It was tough, (Ena Stefani) is an unbelievable player and is having an incredible fall. I’m not going to say it is just like any other match, but I pretty much prepared the same way. I warmed up the same way and had the same mindset, except I wanted to be a little bit more aggressive today.” – Senior Blair Shankle

“I think my serve (helped me), just going after it and staying confident with it. Then I tried to not give her too many opportunities to be aggressive, so when I had my chances to be aggressive I took them and when I didn’t I just tried to play defense.” – Senior Blair Shankle
WHAT'S NEXT
Senior Blair Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit play the No. 3 seed Cal team of Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr in consolation doubles semifinals. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.

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