The No. 18 Baylor women’s tennis team (17-5) finishes its regular season with three Big 12 matchups at home. The week begins with a Wednesday match against No. 24 TCU at 4 p.m. (CT), continues on Friday with a 5 p.m. matchup against Kansas State and ends with a Sunday dual at 1 p.m. against No. 27 Kansas.
“We have a great opportunity to play against three quality opponents at home to end our regular season,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We are capable of finishing the season strong and getting one step closer to reaching our potential as a team. I know our players are motivated to compete and give it their best. It all begins with the things we can control and that’s what we are focusing on heading into this last week.”
Sunday’s match will serve as Senior Day for No. 5 Blair Shankle and No. 119 Rhiann Newborn. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the match to recognize the senior class.
Cub Tennis, a free clinic for children 11-years-old and under, will take place one hour before each dual match this week. Children must wear athletic clothing and shoes to participate. Tennis equipment will be provided.
In their last meeting, the then-ranked No. 51 Lady Bears upset then-ranked No. 28 TCU, 4-2, in Fort Worth on April 8, 2016. Baylor leads the Horned Frogs, 18-15, all-time, winning 11 of the last 12 matchups.
The Horned Frogs are on a three-match win streak, compiling victories over West Virginia (4-0), Iowa State (4-0) and then-ranked No. 7 Texas Tech (4-1). They are 5-3 in conference play with their previous wins over Kansas State (4-3) and then-ranked No. 36 Oklahoma. They boast one ranked singles player in No. 62 Seda Arantekin and two ranked pairs in doubles, including No. 12 Donika Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas and No. 27 Seda Arantekin and Olaya Garrido-Rivas.
The Lady Bears lead the all-time series against Kansas State, 20-4, most recently recording a 4-1 victory over the then-ranked No. 65 Wildcats in Manhattan on March 10, 2016.
The Wildcats are on a four-match losing streak, falling to Wichita State (4-1), then-ranked No. 9 Oklahoma State (4-0), then-ranked No. 41 Oklahoma (4-2) and then-ranked No. 30 Kansas (4-2). Kansas State is 2-5 in Big 12 play with victories over Iowa State (4-0) and West Virginia (4-0).
In their most recent matchup, the then-ranked No. 39 Lady Bears fell, 4-2, to then-ranked No. 33 Kansas in Big 12 Quarterfinals on April 29, 2016. Baylor leads the Jayhawks, 21-6, in the all-time series.
After their 4-2 triumph over Kansas State, the No. 27 Jayhawks are 4-3 in Big 12 action. Kansas has posted wins over then-ranked No. 22 TCU (4-1), West Virginia (4-0) and Iowa State (4-0). The Jayhawks have one ranked singles player in No. 74 Anastasia Rychagova and one ranked doubles pair in No. 30 Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Nina Khmelnitckaia.
The Lady Bears enter the final week of the regular season on a four-match win streak, most recently defeating Iowa State (4-0), West Virginia (4-0), SMU (4-0) and then-ranked No. 24 Texas (4-2). With its win over the Longhorns, Baylor is 6-4 against ranked opponents and 4-2 in Big 12 play. In their final three matches, the Lady Bears will defend their undefeated 11-0 home record. In Baylor women’s tennis history, only four teams have compiled a perfect mark on their home court (2000, 2006, 2009, 2010).
In this week’s release of Oracle/ITA Division I rankings, Shankle and Newborn were rated No. 5 and No. 116, respectively. The doubles duo of Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit is ranked No. 48 nationally.
Following this week’s three-match home stand, the Lady Bears will open postseason action at the 2017 Big 12 Tennis Championship in Norman, Oka. The four-day event will be held at Headington Family Tennis Center from April 27-30. General admission all-session tickets are available for $15 (adults) and $10 (youth) at www.big12sports.com. Fans can also purchase $5 single-day tickets in person on the day of the event.