Bears Log Successful Day 1

Posted at 4:29 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 17:29:34-04

The Baylor women’s tennis program had a strong showing on opening day of the ITA Texas Regional Championship Presented by Oracle. Four singles competitors and each doubles duo advanced to day two with Thursday wins at Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center and Hurd Tennis Center.

Inside Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center due to rain in the morning, Baylor posted two doubles wins. Freshman Jessica Hinojosa and junior Theresa Van Zyl began the day with an 8-3 win over SMU’s Liza Buss and Daria Sharapova. Senior Rhiann Newborn and sophomore Karina Traxler followed suit, besting Diane Friedrichs and Caitlyn Mitchell of Sam Houston State, 8-0.

With the weather clearing and sun shining, the tournament moved outside to Hurd Tennis Center for singles rounds. Hinojosa, Newborn and Van Zyl advanced with two victories to Friday action.

Playing to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Autumn Crossnoe of Abilene Christian and a 6-3, 6-1 win against Alex Jones of Texas State was Hinojosa, who moves to 5-1 in fall singles play. Newborn earned a 6-2, 6-0 result against Abilene Christian’s Ansley Boarman before battling for a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 three-set victory over Sam Houston State’s Mila Milanovic. After topping Hanna Helfving of Lamar, 6-2, 6-4, Van Zyl recorded another win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, against Madison Tedford of TCU.

Senior Blair Shankle, the No. 2 seed in the tournament and 54th-ranked player nationally, received a first round bye before besting Houston’s Tsveta Dimitrova in three sets, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5, to advance to day two of singles play.

Profit and Traxler earned singles wins in the round of 64 over Texas’ Chelsea Crovetti, 6-2, 6-0, and Texas Tech’s Reagan Collins, 6-0, 6-1, respectively, before falling in the second round. After dropping her opening match to Katie Poluta of Texas, 6-0, 6-1, junior Vanessa Phan will play through the consolation bracket beginning Friday.

“Good first day of tennis for the Bears,” Baylor head coach Joey Scrivano said. “The ladies competed hard and show improvement. There is still a lot of work to be done and tomorrow is another opportunity to make a baby step.”

The ITA Texas Regional Championship Presented by Oracle resumes with doubles at 9 a.m. (CT) at Hurd Tennis Center. Consolation singles and main draw singles will follow.