Baylor women’s tennis senior Blair Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit capped off play at the ITA Texas Regional Championships with championship wins Monday morning at the Hurd Tennis Center.
After a rain delay that temporarily delayed the match, the Baylor doubles duo claimed a 6-4, 6-3 victory over seventh-seeded Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici of Texas Tech for the doubles championship. The win earned Shankle and Profit, the fifth seed in the tournament, a spot in the ITA National Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 3-6. The doubles tandem finished the tournament with a 5-0 record.
“I’m just really happy that Liz and I performed well and finished off the tournament great,” Shankle said. “She really stepped up. We really played well and executed as a team.”
Shankle will also advance to ITA Nationals in singles action after she rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over No. 9 seed Neda Koprcina of Texas. The Dallas, Texas senior finished the regional event with a perfect 6-0 record in bracket play.
“Congratulations to Blair on a great week,” Scrivano said. “It’s not easy winning tournaments at any level and she has won three this fall. I’ve always been proud of the way she competes and conducts herself, but this fall she has been more committed to the process. I’m also proud of the way she and Liz worked together through the doubles bracket. They showed resilience throughout the tournament and played well together.”
“Thanks to our incredible staff for hosting another successful tournament at Hurd Tennis Center. Special thanks to Jacqui Haddock for running the event.
“In singles, I played well today. That was a tough opponent, but I just executed a little better than she did today. I’m just happy with my overall performance this week. I really started off with a rough match my first round, and then I just tried to climb my way back into the draw. Overall, I’m just happy with the week. I’m happy to go to the National Indoors, and I’m really excited for the opportunity to compete there and just keep extending my fall season a little longer.” -Senior Blair Shankle
Blair Shankle and Elizabeth Profit advance to the ITA National Intercollegiate Championships in New York City on Nov. 3-6.