No. 16 Baylor Women's Tennis Set to Host NCAA Championships - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

No. 16 Baylor Women's Tennis Set to Host NCAA Championships

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The No. 16-ranked Baylor women’s tennis team opens the 2017 NCAA Championship with a first round matchup against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday, May 12. First serve is set for 1 p.m. (CT) at Hurd Tennis Center, following another first round match at 10 a.m. between No. 20 Texas &M and Louisiana-Monroe.

Baylor is making its 20th overall NCAA Championship appearances and its 13th in a row. The Lady Bears enter NCAA postseason action with a 21-6 record on the season, including an unblemished 15-0 mark at home. It was the fifth undefeated home season in program history and the first since 2010.

TEAM NOTES
• Baylor is 33-19 (.635) all-time in NCAA Championship play. BU is 14-5 in first round matches and 10-4 in second round action.
• The Lady Bears are 9-5 against ranked opponents and a perfect 15-0 at home in 2017.
• Baylor is 22-1 all-time in NCAA Championship matches played in Waco.
• BU has advanced to the Round of 16 in 10 of the last 12 seasons.
• Baylor has reached the Elite Eight six times and the Final four twice under head coach Joey Scrivano.
• The Lady Bears have won eight of their last nine dual matches, falling in the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship to No. 9 Oklahoma State, 4-2.
• Under Scrivano, Baylor owns an 11-1 record in the first round of NCAA Championship play.
• Senior Blair Shankle is ranked No. 3 nationally, the highest ranking ever achieved by a Baylor women’s tennis player. She is the No. 5 seed in the 64-player singles bracket.
• Shankle and NCAA doubles teammate sophomore Karina Traxler are rated No. 35 nationally.

THE SCRIVANO FILE
• In his 15th season at Baylor and 18th season overall as a head coach.
• Owns a 353-114 (.756) record at BU and a 413-132 (.758) career record.
• Has led BU to 11 Big 12 Conference regular season titles, and eight Big 12 Tournament championships.
• Coached Zuzana Zemanova to an NCAA singles title in 2005 (first unseeded player in NCAA history to win the title).
• Six-time Big 12 Coach of the Year and three-time ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT – BLAIR SHANKLE
• Ranked No. 3 in nation in singles and No. 35 in doubles with NCAA partner Karina Traxler.
• Owns a 27-4 singles record and a 17-2 in dual-match action.
• Enters the NCAA Championshipon an eight-match win streak.
• Has gone 10-4 against ranked foes, while playing in the No. 1 singles position for Baylor.
• Named to the All-Big 12 first team in singles and doubles (with Karina Traxler).
• Shankle is the No. 5 overall seed, entering as Baylor’s only NCAA Singles Championship selection.
• She achieved the highest singles ranking in program history (No. 3) and became the ninth player to surpass the 100 wins milestone.
• Broke a conference record with four Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT – RHIANN NEWBORN
• Earned All-Big 12 second team recognition after posting a 4-1 mark in conference play. It was her first career conference award.
• Owns a 19-7 singles record and is 14-5 in dual-match action.
• Compiled a 3-5 record ranked foes and has won five of her last six matches.
• Has appeared for Baylor in each of the top three positions this year.

HONOR ROLL
• Senior Rhiann Newborn, senior Blair Shankle, sophomore Karina Traxler and freshman Jessica Hinojosa earned All-Big 12 recognition this year.
• Shankle was named to the All-Big 12 singles first team for the second-straight season. She was also named to the doubles first team with Traxler.
• Newborn was selected to the All-Big 12 singles second team, her first career conference honor.
• Hinojosa was selected to the All-Freshman Team.
• Shankle was honored for her efforts off the court, receiving CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large accolades. She has maintained a 3.98 GPA as an accounting major at Baylor.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Brewers' Hader apologizes to teammates for racist tweets

    Brewers' Hader apologizes to teammates for racist tweets

    Friday, July 20 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-07-20 22:44:54 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 4:07 PM EDT2018-07-21 20:07:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Morry Gash). Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader warms up before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee.(AP Photo/Morry Gash). Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader warms up before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee.
    Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader has apologized to his team after years-old racist and homophobic tweets surfaced during the All-Star Game.More >>
    Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader has apologized to his team after years-old racist and homophobic tweets surfaced during the All-Star Game.More >>
  • Dolphins owner says he was keeping options open on anthem

    Dolphins owner says he was keeping options open on anthem

    Friday, July 20 2018 5:20 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:20:04 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 2:02 PM EDT2018-07-21 18:02:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File). FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10), free safety Michael Thomas (31) and defensive back Chris Culliver (29) kneel during the National Anthem before the first ha...(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File). FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10), free safety Michael Thomas (31) and defensive back Chris Culliver (29) kneel during the National Anthem before the first ha...
    Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he hadn't decided whether to actually discipline players who protest during the national anthem when he formally told the team that the demonstrations could be punishable.More >>
    Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he hadn't decided whether to actually discipline players who protest during the national anthem when he formally told the team that the demonstrations could be punishable.More >>
  • Guatemalan pleads guilty in crash that killed Colts player

    Guatemalan pleads guilty in crash that killed Colts player

    Friday, July 20 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:58:55 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 11:31 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:31:04 GMT
    (Indiana State Police via AP, File). FILE - This file photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Manuel Orrego-Savala, of Guatemala. Orrego-Savala, living illegally in the U.S., pleaded guilty Friday, July 20, 2018, to driving drunk when he kille...(Indiana State Police via AP, File). FILE - This file photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Manuel Orrego-Savala, of Guatemala. Orrego-Savala, living illegally in the U.S., pleaded guilty Friday, July 20, 2018, to driving drunk when he kille...
    A Guatemalan man living illegally in the U.S. has pleaded guilty to driving drunk when he killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver.More >>
    A Guatemalan man living illegally in the U.S. has pleaded guilty to driving drunk when he killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver.More >>
Powered by Frankly