FORT WORTH, Texas – For the 11th time in their last 12 series meetings, the 51st-ranked Baylor women's tennis team (10-12, 3-2) took down No. 28 TCU (11-3, 3-1), 4-2, Friday at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
Despite losing the opening doubles match, Baylor responded to win the next two contests in doubles to claim the opening point.
Blair Shankle and Theresa Van Zyl were unable to upset 34th-ranked Seda Arantekin and Caroline Wegner at the No. 1 spot and ended up dropping a 6-2 decision.
Kelley Anderson and Elizabeth Profit got the doubles point turned around with their 7-5 triumph over Olaya Garrido-Rivas and Mia King on court three. That decision left the point to be decided at the No. 2 spot where Rhiann Newborn and Karina Traxler were battling Marie Norris and Alexis Pereira.
In a tiebreaker, the BU pairing captured a 7-6(4) win to give the Bears the opening point. It was the first victory for the duo since March 23.
In singles play, five of the six matches went to third sets as the Bears only won two first sets.
Van Zyl was the lone Bear to win in straight sets as she dispatched of Zenovka, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 5 spot to put Baylor up 2-0.
The Horned Frogs roared back to tie the team score 2-2 with Kelley Anderson falling 6-2, 0-6, 6-1 to Arantekin at the No. 3 spot, while Traxler lost to Pereira, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, on court six.
Winning her seventh match in a row, the 76th-ranked Shankle gave the Bears a 3-2 lead with her 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 triumph over Norris at the top of the lineup.
For the clinching point, Newborn beat Wegner, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, on court two.
• Baylor is now 3-5 on the road this season.
• BU has won six of its last eight matches.
• The Bears are 3-2 in conference play.
• Baylor has not lost to TCU in Fort Worth since April 5, 1997.
• Baylor is 18-15 all-time against TCU, but has won 11 of the last 12 series meetings.
• BU is 127-13 in Big 12 matches under Scrivano.
TOP QUOTE #1
“I am p
.” - head coach Joey Scrivano on the match
TOP QUOTE #2
." - Scrivano on the push for the postseason.
Baylor will now host a doubleheader against Arkansas Pine Bluff at 10 a.m. and 1p.m. on Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center. BU resumes Big 12 play by welcoming No. 12 Texas Tech to the Hurd Tennis Center for a 3 p.m. match on Sunday.