Baylor Sends Two to Nationals, Hosts Waco Showdown

Posted at 8:38 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 21:38:41-04

Senior Blair Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit are set to compete with the nation’s elite in the UTSA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 3-6 in New York, N.Y. Both qualified for the tournament with winning regional performances.

“Having Blair and Liz qualify to compete at ITA Nationals with strong regional performances in singles and doubles is a step forward for them,” Baylor head women’s tennis coach Joey Scrivano said. “We know that they have the goods to beat anyone in college tennis and this week will give them plenty of opportunities to prove themselves.”

Shankle went 6-0 in singles to win the ITA Texas Regional Championship and claim one of 32 spots nationals. The 54th-ranked player in the preseason, Shankle has played to an 8-1 record so far in fall action.

Shankle and Profit teamed up to record a 5-0 ITA Regional outing and secure an invitation to compete in the ITA Nationals doubles bracket. The undefeated duo is one of 20 pairs vying for the title.

Shankle kicks off singles action Thursday at 8 a.m. (CT) against Jessica Livianu of St. John’s. Earning a first round bye, Shankle and Profit begin doubles action Thursday at 2:30 p.m. against Florida’s Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock. Links to UTSA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championship live scoring and the live stream is available on the women’s tennis schedule page at

Immediately following the UTSA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championship, Baylor hosts the Bush’s $50,000 Waco Showdown on Nov. 6-13 at Hurd Tennis Center.

The eight-day tournament begins with 32-player qualifying rounds for singles on Nov. 6-8. Following qualifying rounds, 32-player main draw singles and 16-team main draw doubles will be played on Nov. 8-13.

Five Bears are featured in the tournament, including Shankle in main draw singles, and freshman Jessica Hinojosa, junior Theresa Van Zyl and senior Rhiann Newborn in singles qualifying rounds. Shankle and Profit also pair up for main draw doubles.