Women’s tennis collects Friday sweep at Hurd Tennis Center

Freshman Giorgia Testa hits a forehand volley alongside doubles partner sophomore Camilla Abbate in their match against West Virginia. MJ Routh | Multimedia Journalist

By Branson Hardcastle | Broadcast Reporter

The 25th ranked Baylor Women’s Tennis team hosted a doubleheader Friday with Louisiana Tech and West Virginia.

In the first match of the day, Baylor jumped out to an early lead over the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters in doubles play. Freshmen Livia Kraus and Giorgia Testa downed Karla De La Luz and Andrea Perez-Lopez, 6-2 on court one.

In the No. 2 doubles slot, the 80th ranked doubles tandem of sophomore Jessica Hinojosa and freshman Kristina Sorokolet clinched the doubles point for the Bears with a 6-2 win over Nadja Manjon and Angela Lorenzo.

With the momentum heading into singles competition, Baylor continued to dominate the court. Testa was the first to capitalize on the momentum with a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over Claudia Oravcova at the No. 4 singles spot.

“Today was a really good day for me. I was very confident in singles and doubles. It was a great day,” Testa said. “I am really proud to be a part of this team.”

Sophomore Camilla Abbate also put on a dominating performance on court two, defeating Louisiana Tech’s De La Luz 6-1, 6-0, to put the Bears up 3-0.

On court five, freshman Dominika Sujova put on a stellar performance. With Baylor leading 3-0, Sujova clinched the match by defeating Perez-Lopez in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

The Bears and Lady Techsters decided to play the matches out on courts one and six. Baylor’s Hinojosa was able to capture the 5th point of the match on court one with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Manjon. Freshman Katelyn Parker fell to Paulina Cota 7-5, 6-0 on court six, giving Louisiana Tech its lone point of the match.

In the second match, the Bears welcomed Big 12 foe West Virginia for its seventh conference matchup this season. Baylor got off to a hot start once again as it snagged doubles wins on courts one and two.

Hinojosa and Sorokolet defeated the duo of Sofia Duran and Christina Jordan, 6-1 at the No. 1 spot. Testa and Abbate clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory on court two over Giovanna Caputo.

Hinojosa kept the momentum alive for the Bears in singles play on court two. Hinojosa defeated West Virginia’s Anne-Sophie Courteau, 6-1, 6-3 to give Baylor a 2-0 lead.

Soon after, Krause was able to increase the lead by taking down Paula Goetz at the No. 4 spot. Krause cruised by Goetz in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, notching her 22 win this season.

All eyes turned to court five where sophomore Angelina Shakhraichuk faced off against Sofia Duran with the opportunity to clinch the match. Shakhraichuk served the ball for match point and Duran was not able to return it as the ball sailed wide giving Shakhraichuk a 6-4, 6-2 win.

Head coach Joey Scrivano said he was proud of the team and the way they played today.

“It was a long day and our players persevered. Our focus was really good from the start of the first match to the through this West Virginia match, so I’m really proud of their effort and focus. It was just a good day,” Scrivano said.

With the Bears 4-0 victory over the Mountaineers, Baylor is on a three-match win streak. The Bears will continue their homestand when they face Iowa State at 1 p.m. and UT-Arlington at 6 p.m. on Sunday.