Feb. 8, 2014
The Rice women's tennis team has seen its share of set deciding tiebreakers in the opening weeks of the college tennis season, but it was a series of tiebreakers in the opening sets of singles that proved to be too much to overcome as the 22nd ranked Owls fell to #19 Baylor 6-1 at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco on Saturday.
After Baylor opened strongly by taking all two of three doubles matches, the Owls responded with strongly in singles at the top three positions only to see Baylor win each match in a tiebreaker. The Bears eventually captured all six first sets on their way to wins on five of six courts.
"Credit to Baylor. They played better than us today from start to finish," Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. "It would have been nice to grab a couple of those tight 1st sets, but Baylor did a good job making an extra ball and putting the pressure on us. We'll get back to work on Monday and continue to get better."
Rice's lone point on the day came at No. 1 singles where Natalie Beazant was credited with a win after Baylor's Ema Burgic was forced to retire with an injury up a set and with the second set tied 2-2.
The Owls will return home to host McNeese State at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on February 15 at noon.