Tennis wins the weekend

By Ryan Hannegan

Baylor men’s and women’s tennis played Big 12 opponents over the weekend and won all three matches.

The No. 7 men’s tennis team recorded its first conference win of the season with a 7-0 sweep of No. 28 Texas Tech Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

The Lady Bears took to the road to face off with No. 57 Kansas and No. 69 Kansas State.

The Baylor men secured the doubles point with wins on courts two and three, but could not secure the victory on court one.

“I thought we were pretty dominant in two and three doubles,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “Texas Tech spends a lot of time on their doubles and they did a really good job at those two spots. We did not play very well at No. 1 doubles. They were still very competitive and only lost by one break.”

The No. 16 Baylor women’s tennis team picked up another set of Big 12 victories over the weekend to improve to 6-0 against Big 12 foes this season.

Kansas played very tough today,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “Our doubles teams were dynamite, which is a word I have never used to describe our doubles before. The team is putting the pieces together and playing with good energy and focus. One of our biggest strengths is our depth. I’m proud of the way the ladies stepped up and stayed on the right track.”

In their second match of the weekend, the Lady Bears defeated Kansas State, 5-1, on Sunday in Manhattan, Kan.

Claiming the only doubles match played, freshman Blair Shankle and senior Alex Clay won 8-5 on court three to give the Lady Bears the first match point. The second match was clinched after senior Alex Leatu and Clay both earned victories.

The Lady Bears will travel to Houston to take on No. 26 Rice at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

The men’s tennis team will hit the road for three straight matches beginning Tuesday against TCU.