No. 8 Baylor outlasts No. 16 Texas Tech for title

No. 8 Baylor outlasts No. 16 Texas Tech for title
Kenna Kilgo and Gabriela Talaba (source: Texas Tech University)
Kenna Kilgo and Gabriela Talaba (source: Texas Tech University)

Provided by: Texas Tech Athletics

WACO, Texas – Texas Tech walked away with a learning experience on Sunday at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center.

After making the school's first-ever appearance in the Big 12 Championship finale, No. 16 Texas Tech came up short against No. 8 Baylor, 4-0.

"We came up short today," said seventh-year head coach Todd Petty. "But I am really proud of these ladies."

The Lady Raiders will now await the NCAA Championship Selection Show on Tuesday, when the field of 64 is announced.

"I did not feel like we played 100 percent the most mature match. I felt like we gave ourselves a shot. We didn't play scared tennis by any stretch," said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. "I felt like we played well in doubles at the start. At 3-2 up a break at No. 3 doubles, we had a big lead at No. 1 doubles, but we just played two very immature games up a break and Baylor got momentum back and was able to finish the match. Against great teams, like Baylor is, you only get one look. We did not take advantage of that look in the doubles and same goes in singles.

"We had a great shot at winning maybe three of four first sets. Again, they gave us one look and we played a couple of immature games there and they stole the momentum again. Hopefully we learn from it again get a little better from it."

Texas Tech started the day in good with a rhythm in doubles. Texas Tech jumped out to a 4-1 lead at No. 1 and led 3-2 at No. 3. Kenna Kilgo and Gabriela Talaba cruised in with a 6-1 win at No. 1. Baylor's No. 42 Kelley Anderson and Leolia JeanJean defeated Sarah Dvorak and Katelyn Jackson, 6-3, at No. 2.

Baylor's Kiah Generette and Blair Shankle used a pair of breaks and came from behind for a 6-3 win and the doubles point.

Texas Tech lead early on the first set of five singles matches, but the Lady Raiders struggled to sustain a lead against the Bears. Baylor managed to take five of six first sets en route to three singles wins and the match.

The Lady Raiders concluded the regular season with a 19-6 record. With the semifinal win over No. 11 Oklahoma State, Texas Tech is in good shape to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships which are slated to begin May 8.