Baylor won the doubles point and took three singles victories to defeat the Texas women’s tennis team 4-2 in Waco on Wednesday night.
The No. 24 Longhorns got singles wins from Neda Koprcina and Anna Turati, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 15th-ranked Bears.
Blair Shankle, ranked fifth, needed three sets to close out the match, defeating UT freshman No. 36 Bianca Turati 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
“I definitely give our ladies a ton of credit for making a match of it in the end,” said head coach Howard Joffe. “That aside, we paid dearly for a miserable doubles performance. Clearly I did not have the team ready to play today.”
Baylor took a 2-0 lead after sweeping the doubles point and getting a singles win from Jessica Hinojosa. She defeated Daniella Roldan 6-2, 6-4 at sixth singles.
The Longhorns tried to get back into the match as Anna Turati defeated Angie Shakhraichuk 6-2, 6-1 to make it 2-1 in favor of Baylor.
Theresa Van Zyl put the Bears back up by two wins as she defeated Dani Wagland 7-5, 6-1.
Koprcina utilized a tiebreaker to defeat Elizabeth Profit and keep the Longhorns’ hopes alive. She topped Profit 6-2, 7-6 (4) before Shankle closed out the match.
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