No. 15 Baylor Women's Tennis Sweeps Iowa State

Posted at 9:18 PM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 22:18:13-04

The No. 15 Baylor women’s tennis team (14-5) secured a 4-0 victory over Iowa State (15-5) on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Lady Bears move to 2-2 in Big 12 Conference action.

The Lady Bears took the doubles point when senior Blair Shankle and sophomore Karina Traxler defeated Samantha Budai and Maty Cancini, 6-1, at the No. 1 doubles spot. Sophomore Elizabeth Profit and junior Theresa Van Zyl clinched the point for Baylor with a 6-2 triumph over Annabella Bonadonna and Margarita Timakova at No. 2 doubles.

Baylor held the momentum going into singles play as No. 4 Shankle defeated Samantha Budai at the No. 1 position, 6-3, 6-0. Senior Rhiann Newborn added to Baylor’s lead with a win over Regina Espindola, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 3 spot.

With the opportunity to end the match in shutout fashion, Van Zyl notched the winning point over Erin Freeman in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 4 position. Van Zyl has clinched a team-high eight matches this season.


? Baylor has never lost a match to the Cyclones, leading the all-time series 22-0.

? Junior Theresa Van Zyl has clinched the match decision in eight of Baylor’s matches.

? The Lady Bears move to 4-5 on the road following the victory.
? Baylor is 2-2 in the Big 12 and 14-5 overall on the season.


“We learned a lot from our last match and we’re back to being focused on doing our job and not the result. We made good strides in doubles and in our match management in singles. It always starts with a perspective and mindset change.” – Head coach Joey Scrivano


The Lady Bears continue their road stretch with a dual match at West Virginia on Sunday, April 2. First serve is set for 9 a.m. (CT) in Morgantown, W.Va.