Shankle Named Big 12 Player of the Week

Posted at 3:38 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 16:38:34-04

Baylor women’s tennis senior Blair Shankle was selected Big 12 Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday afternoon. The Dallas, Texas, native has earned a total of six weekly conference honors in her career.

Shankle played a substantial role in then-ranked No. 15 Baylor’s 4-2 dual match victory over then-ranked No. 24 Texas last week, recording two wins against nationally ranked Big 12 opponents.

Paired with sophomore Karina Traxler at No. 1 doubles, Shankle helped claim the doubles point and provide an early 1-0 advantage for the Lady Bears with a 6-2 win over No. 65 Petra Granic and Bianca Turati. It is the first win over a ranked duo for Shankle and Traxler, who are 4-0 in doubles action this season. All four wins have been in recorded in Big 12 action in the No. 1 doubles slot.

In No. 1 singles play, Shankle fought back after a first set loss to earn a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 comeback victory against 36th-ranked Turati. Her singles win clinched the match and gave the Lady Bears’ their sixth ranked win of the season. Shankle, the ninth player in program history to record 100 singles victories, has decided three matches for Baylor.

The Lady Bears finish the regular season with a string of three home dual matches beginning with a 4 p.m. (CT) battle with No. 24 TCU at Hurd Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 19. Baylor, which has won seven of its last eight dual matches, enters the week with a perfect 11-0 mark at home.