Women’s Tennis Wraps Season In NCAA Second Round

Posted at 10:01 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 23:01:52-04

ATHENS, Ga. – The 40th-ranked Baylor women’s tennis team was beaten 4-0 by fifth-ranked and fifth-seeded Georgia in the second round of the NCAA Championships Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The loss ends the 2016 dual-match season for BU with an 18-15 overall record. 

Baylor lost the doubles point to open the match. Rhiann Newborn and Karina Traxler could not get past 81st-ranked Kennedy Shaffer and Silvia Garcia, losing 6-3 at the No. 2 position. The Bulldogs clinched the point as Elizabeth Profit and Theresa Van Zyl lost 6-3 on court three to Caroline Brinson and Laura Patterson.

In singles, the Bears fell behind early by losing all six first sets and were never able to recover.

Profit suffered a 6-2, 6-3 setback to Mariana Gould at the No. 5 position to give UGA a 2-0 advantage.

Next, Traxler lost a 6-1, 6-3 decision to No. 30 Brinson on court four to put the Bears on the brink of elimination.

At that point, Baylor worked to change the momentum as Van Zyl, who once trailed 5-1 in her second set won five games in a row to take a 6-5 advantage and Blair Shankle secured a 7-6(4) victory in her second set.

However, the comeback did not last as Newborn was beaten 6-2, 7-6(2) by 116th-ranked Garcia at the No. 3 spot to end the match. 

• BU is now 11-3 and 10-2 under head coach Joey Scrivano all-time in NCAA second round matches.
• Baylor is 33-19 all-time in NCAA action and 30-13 under Scrivano.
• BU is 3-9 all-time against Georgia and 3-5 vs. the Bulldogs under Scrivano.
• Georgia is now 22-4 on the season.