Lady Bears Remain On Top, Defeat Jayhawks, 5-2
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 16 Baylor stays perfect in conference play as the Lady Bears routed No. 57 Kansas women’s tennis at the Jayhawk Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.
After narrowly falling to two ranked opponents a week ago, senior Dylan Windom got her chance at redemption as she claimed the first court over Baylor’s No. 74 Ema Burgic in a tiebreaker, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4). Windom’s win over Burgic is the highest upset for a Jayhawk this year, and her first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Kansas’ second win of the afternoon came from senior Paulina Los, who swiftly defeated BU’s Makenzie Craft to give the Jayhawk her third conference win and 22nd win of the season.
Baylor (16-6, 5-0 Big 12) extends its all-time series lead over Kansas (11-7, 2-3 Big 12) to 19-4.
Baylor wasted no time in doubles, as the duo of Alex Clay and Blair Shankle blanked KU’s freshman Morgan Barnhill and sophomore Anastasija Trubica on court three.
To give the Lady Bears the early advantage, Ema Burgic and Alex Leautu defeated Los and Windom, on court two, 8-4. The match on court one continued as Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford topped Kansas’ Maria Jose Cardona and Maria Belen Ludueña, 8-4.
In singles, Clay struck first for the Lady Bears on the fifth court, defeating freshman Caroline Henderson, 6-2, 6-1.
To give BU a three point lead, 48th-ranked Sanford defeated Cardona, 6-1, 6-3. The Lady Bears only needed one more point to grab the match, but the Jayhawks retaliated. Los bested Craft on court four, 6-3, 6-3 to put KU down by only two points.
But Baylor clinched the match on court three as No. 103 Shankle downed Luduena, 7-5, 6-2.
Windom battled with No. 74 Burgic on the first court, falling 6-2 in the first set, only to come back swinging in the second to win it 6-2 and push the match into a third set. It was the fourth three-set match for Windom in a row, but this time she emerged on top. In the deciding set, Windom and Burgic pushed the match into a tiebreaker where Windom claimed victory over Burgic. It was the Jayhawk’s first win over a ranked foe this season.
To make the match 5-2, Leatu defeated freshman Antonella Galeano on the sixth court, 6-1, 6-1.
The Lady Bears push their record to 16-6 and they maintain their perfect Big 12 record, 5-0. The Jayhawks drop to 11-7 and 2-3 in Big 12.
Kansas will host its final match as it takes on the Texas Longhorns on April 6 at noon in the Jayhawk Tennis Center. The match marks the tennis program’s Senior Day ceremony for its three seniors, Claire Dreyer, Paulina Los and Dylan Windom.
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