No. 15 Baylor came charging back (21-5) against No. 9 Oklahoma State (22-4) in Big 12 Championship semifinal action, but fell short of a comeback, 4-2, inside Headington Family Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.
Semifinal action began with singles play, as rainy weather forced the match indoor. After falling behind 3-0 with losses at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 singles, the Lady Bears came battling back with the team decision on the line.
Sophomore Elizabeth Profit combatted a 6-1 loss in the first set with a thrilling 7-6(5) second set tiebreaker over No. 49 Katarina Adamovic to even the series, 1-1, at No. 2 singles.
Fifth-ranked senior Blair Shankle followed suit, coming out on top in a 7-6(7) nail biter against seventh-ranked Viktoria Lushkova to tie the match at No. 1 singles. Shankle carried the momentum from the second into the third set, where she recorded a dominant 6-0 win to put Baylor on the board. It marked her 10th victory over a ranked opponent this season. She is 27-4 on the year, 17-2 in dual match action and has won eight-straight for Baylor.
Junior Theresa Van Zyl, who won the lone first set for the Lady Bears, put together a strong performance at No. 5 singles against Lena Ruppert to win in three sets, 6-1, 6-7(0), 6-3, and cut the deficit to one, 3-2. Van Zyl has won five consecutive matches, is 19-6 on the season and 15-5 in dual match action.
Baylor’s run came up shy at No. 2 singles, as Profit succumbed to Adamovic in the third set, 6-2. The result clinched the eighth consecutive dual match win for the Cowgirls, who advance to meet No. 1-seeded Texas Tech in the Big 12 Championship title at 4 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, April 30.