Baylor Trio Advances in ITA Regional

Posted at 12:17 AM, Oct 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-22 01:17:07-04

Baylor women’s tennis saw a trio advance in singles action and its top doubles pair move on to day three of  the ITA Texas Regional Presented by Oracle at Hurd Tennis Center Friday.

Senior Rhiann Newborn posted the most impressive victory of the day to move on, upsetting the No. 4 seed in the tournament and 57th-ranked competitor Donika Bashota of TCU in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

"I felt extremely good about it,” Newborn said of the win. “I know I can compete with the top level girls in the country and that showed today. The whole time during the match I was just telling myself to be positive, be consistent, keep fighting, have heart and be patient.”

"It’s early in the season. It’s early in the building process of coming back from an injury. Overall I feel amazing at the point I am at today, and I am looking forward to the rest of the season."

Freshman Jessica Hinojosa also had a successful showing, fighting to secure a three-setter over Fernanda Astete of Rice, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Senior Blair Shankle, the No. 2 seed in the tournament and No. 54-ranked player nationally, continued her dominant streak, shutting out SMU’s Liza Buss, 6-0, 6-0.

Against the tournament’s No. 5 seed and 58th-ranked opponent Wendy Zhang of Rice, junior Theresa Van Zyl bowed out with a 6-3, 6-3 loss. In consolation singles, sophomore Vanessa Phan fell to North Texas’ Dani Kononova, 6-0, 6-2.

Baylor’s fifth-seeded doubles duo of sophomore Elizabeth Profit and Shankle began the day with an 8-4 victory over Sarai Monarrez and Ana Perez Lopez of SMU and advanced to quarterfinal action with an 8-0 shutout of Texas’ Katie Poluta and Daniella Roldan.

Newborn and sophomore Karina Traxler posted an 8-6 doubles win against Charlene Anselmo and Mary Wright of SMU, before falling to Dani Wagland and Petra Granic, 8-0. Rounding out doubles action were Hinojosa and Van Zyl, who dropped an 8-5 match to Macarena Olvares and Tina Bokhua of Texas A&M.

“All of our players are competing hard and trying to prove themselves,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “A few of our players are making the most of their opportunities this week, but our entire team is making small steps forward. Now we need to come back tomorrow and do it all over again. Consistency is a challenge for everyone trying to add a level.”

Day three of the ITA Texas Regional Championship Presented by Oracle kicks off at 9 a.m. (CT) at Hurd Tennis Center.