Baylor Women's Tennis Cruises Past West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (March 17, 2013) -- The 36th-ranked Baylor women’s tennis team finished out its two-match Big 12 road trip with a 6-1 win over West Virginia on Sunday at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

“It's good to start off 2-0 in Big 12 play,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “Playing on the road always presents different challenges for any team. We're learning how to win in these situations.”

The victory propelled BU to its first 2-0 start to Big 12 play since 2010, after the Lady Bears also beat Iowa State on Friday, 6-1. Overall on the season, Baylor is 7-10, while West Virginia falls to 4-9 with the loss.

The Lady Bears have now won three straight matches, after losing the previous five and 10 of their previous 11.

“There’s no question that we are a better team than we were a month ago,” Scrivano said. “The maturity level of this group is increasing each week. Overall we're moving in the right direction but we still have a lot of room for improvement.”

To beat West Virginia, Baylor won the doubles point for the third straight time and the sixth time this season.

BU’s 25th-ranked duo of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva improved to 10-1 in dual-match play with an 8-2 victory against Hailey Barrett and Ikttesh Chahal at the No. 1 spot.

WVU responded as Emily Mathis and Audrey Wooland next dispatched of Kiah Generette and Megan Horter, 8-1, at the No. 2 position.

However, Baylor was quick to clinch the point after that loss with Alex Leatu and Alex Clay downing Irina Toidze and Vivian Tsui, 8-2, at the bottom of the lineup.

In singles action, Baylor kept the momentum rolling as 12th-ranked Burgic swept past Wooland at the top of the lineup, 6-1, 6-1.

The 121st-ranked Victoria Kisialeva pushed Baylor’s lead to 3-0 as she beat Chahal, 6-1, 6-1. After losing on Friday, No. 124 Horter provided the clinching point for BU in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Barrett at the No. 2 spot.

With the match in hand, Generette beat Mathis, 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 4 position. West Virginia got its only point of the day with Tsui besting Clay, 6-3, 6-2 on court 5.

To close out the contest, Maria Biryukova beat Irina Toidze, 6-1, 7-6(3), at the bottom of the lineup.

The Lady Bears will now take a break from Big 12 play by hosting No. 11 Miami on Saturday at 1 p.m. The contest will be the start of seven home matches in a row.

“The key for us right now is to get some recovery and good practice sessions in this next week,” Scrivano said. “Miami at home is up next for us and we need to be ready to rise to the occasion.”

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