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No. 10 Baylor Women's Tennis Opens Big 12 Action

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The No. 10 Baylor women’s tennis program begins Big 12 Conference play on the road, challenging No. 7 Oklahoma State on Thursday, March 9, and No. 47 Oklahoma on Friday, March 10. First serve for each match is 5 p.m. (CT).

It will be the fifth and sixth matches within a nine-day stretch for the Lady Bears, who most recently fell in a tight dual at Tulsa, 4-3, on Monday. With so many competitions in the last week, the team is taking time to focus on themselves in the days leading up to its Big 12 opener.

“Right now we are trying to get back to our core fundamentals,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “That’s where our focus needs to be. Nothing else matters.”

The Lady Bears, who were picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Preseason Poll, enter the conference slate with a 10-3 record overall, playing to a 9-0 mark at home and a 1-3 mark on the road. Against ranked opponents, Baylor is 2-2, boasting wins at No. 23 Northwestern, 5-2, and against No. 21 UCLA, 4-3.

Defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State enters Thursday’s dual match with a 10-3 record on the season. The Cowgirls are undefeated at home, 5-0, but have lost to No. 7 Ohio State, 4-3, No. 4 Stanford, 4-1, and No. 1 Florida, 4-2.

Baylor leads Oklahoma State, who was selected the preseason conference favorite, in the all-time series, 20-6. The Lady Bears dropped the most recent meeting to the Cowgirls, 4-1, on April 1, 2016, in Waco, but have been the victor in 15 of the last 17 matchups. Under Scrivano’s direction, the team is 15-3 against Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma, who was selected to finish seventh in the league, brings an 8-2 record into the Big 12 season. The Sooners fell to Arkansas, 6-1, on the road and Tulsa, 4-1, on their home court.

Baylor has won 14-straight dual matches against the Sooners and lead the all-time series, 20-3. With Scrivano at the helm, the Lady Bears are 15-1.

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