With Blair Shankle’s unreturnable shot down to the left corner, the No. 15 Baylor women’s tennis team defeated No. 24 Texas 4-2 Wednesday night at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

The Lady Bears have now won six straight.

“It’s a big win,” Baylor coach Joey Scrivano said. “Great effort from our entire team. The girls were just really focused, really motivated. Just really proud of our players. That was just a great win.”

Baylor (17-5) took an early 1-0 lead as the Lady Bears won the doubles point.

Angie Shakhraichuk and Jessica Hinojosa beat Daniella Roldan and Dani Wagland 6-2.

Blair Shankle and Karina Traxler soon followed with their own 6-2 victory over Petra Granic and Bianca Turati.

Texas (10-7) and Baylor each won three of the first sets in singles before Hinojosa topped Rodan 6-2, 6-4 to give the Lady Bears a 2-0 lead.

The Longhorns cut it to 2-1 after Anna Turati defeated Shakhraichuk 6-2, 6-1.

Baylor quickly went up to 3-1 with Theresa Van Zyl’s 7-5, 6-1 win over Wagland.

Meanwhle, Shankle fought back after dropping the first set 6-4 to force a third set, and UT’s Granic forced a third set against Rhiann Newborn.

Texas then cut Baylor’s lead to 3-2 as Neda Koprcina defeated Elizabeth Profit 6-2, 6-7.

Newborn and Shankle both led in their third sets but Shankle reached six first as she beat Bianca Turati 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“They all did their part,” Scrivano said. “Obviously our two seniors, Blair and Rhiann, were just phenomenal. They were down. There were momentum shifts, and they were able to come back, fight back and find a way to win. Just proud of them.”

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