Top-Seeded Baylor Derails Kansas, 4-0, in Big 12 Tourney
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kansas women’s tennis dropped a 4-0 heartbreaker in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship to top-seeded Baylor Friday afternoon in the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
Baylor’s (22-6, 9-0 Big 12) win pushes its all-time series lead over Kansas (12-12, 2-7 Big 12) to 20-4. The Lady Bears continue on to the conference championship semifinal in hopes of winning their seventh consecutive Big 12 title.
Baylor was swift in the doubles competition. The duo of Victoria Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford bested KU’s Dylan Windom and Paulina Los on court one, 8-2, to start the match-up.
On the second court, Maria Jose Cardona and Maria Belen Ludueñaattempted a comeback in the final games on their court, but Baylor’s Ema Burgic and Kiah Generette topped the Jayhawk duo, 8-3 to clinch the doubles point for the Lady Bears. Caroline Henderson and Anastasija Trubica’s match between BU’s Alex Clay and Blair Shankle was called after Baylor took the early edge.
Kansas started strong in singles, leading on four of the six courts to start the singles competition. But the Lady Bears surged ahead and caught up to top the Jayhawks in the first set all six courts.
Generette struck first for Baylor, topping Windom on the first court, 6-0, 6-1 to make the score, 2-0.
Then Trubica fell to Alex Leatu on the fifth court. After losing the first set, 6-0, Trubica came out in the second set with determination, but after trailing one game, 3-4, Leatu stepped up to finish the match, topping Trubica, 6-0, 6-3.
With two singles matches claimed, the Lady Bears only needed one more win to clinch the match and continue to the semifinals and Baylor’s Burgic topped Cardona on court two to seal Baylor’s ticket. Cardona grabbed the first game in the first set, but Burgic was able to power through. The Lady Bear bested Cardona, 6-2, 6-2, to end the match, 4-0.
Freshman Caroline Henderson lost the first set to Baylor’s Makenzie Craft but redeemed herself in the second to push the match to a third set before her match was called off. Additionally, Luduena and Los’ matches were called after Baylor took the match.
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