Baylor Women’s Tennis Shuts Out Iowa State, 4-0

Posted at 9:08 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 22:08:24-04

WACO, Texas – The 45th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team (15-13, 4-3) blanked Iowa State (14-6, 2-4) Friday evening at the Hurd Tennis Center.

After losing the doubles point in their last match out, the Bears rebounded to take the opening point from the Cyclones.

The 10th-ranked pairing of Kiah Generette and Blair Shankle got back to its winning ways with a 6-1 triumph over Samantha Budai and Liza Buss at the No. 1 spot. The BU duo has now won eight of its last nine matches.

However, Iowa State bounced back to take the match on court two with Rhiann Newborn and Karina Traxler suffering a 6-2 setback to Alejandra Galvis and Annabella Bonadonna.

The Bears quickly stopped the Cyclone rally and won the opening point with a 6-1 victory by Kelley Anderson and Elizabeth Profit at the No. 3 spot over Regina Espindola and Ana Gasparovic.

In singles, Baylor won all six first sets and kept rolling with three straight-set victories to claim the shutout.

First, the 89th-ranked Shankle downed Budai, 6-0, 6-3, at the No 1 spot. Newborn then posted a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Galvis on court three to put BU up 3-0.

To clinch the shutout, Ferreira blew past Claudia Toledo, 6-1, 6-3 at the bottom of the lineup.

• BU now holds a 21-0 advantage against the Cyclones in the all-time series.
• The victory is the third shutout of the year for Baylor.
• Baylor is now 12-7 at home this season.

• Baylor is now 14-4 when winning the doubles point.

Iowa State is a team that came in with a lot of confidence. We didn't know what to expect, but I'm just proud of the way our ladies focused. Their attitudes were really good and they executed at a high level. It's funny how there's a correlation between attitude and performance. I'm proud of them." - head coach Joey Scrivano on the match

"We're moving in the right direction. We just have to continue to build on it. This is a very difficult sport and the margins are small. Little details can make a big difference, so we're just focusing on the details right now. Hopefully we can make a strong push at the end of the season and in the Big 12 tournament. Obviously, we have West Virginia on Sunday, so we have to be ready for them. But we want to make a real push here down the stretch." - Scrivano on the team’s performance

Baylor will play its regular season finale at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday against West Virginia. The match will serve as Senior Day for lone BU senior Kiah Generette.