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WACO, Texas - The 29th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team fell just short against 10th-ranked Miami (Fla.), 4-3, on Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
"Miami has a really good team," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "They just competed harder and more consistently than we did from start to finish. That's the difference. They wanted it more than we did, and they did a better job of competing."
To open doubles play, the tandem of Alex Clay and Alex Leatu stumbled against Miami's Clementina Riobueno and Monique Albuquerque, 8-2.
Baylor's Jordaan Sanford and Kiah Generette came close to mounting a comeback against Kelsey Laurente and Melissa Bolivar, winning three sets in a row to tie the match at 4-4. Despite the comeback, Miami would clinch ultimately win the match, 8-5.
The 25th-ranked duo of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva's match against No. 48 Stephanie Wagner and Lina Lileikite remained unfinished.
Kicking off singles, Miami extended its lead to 2-0 as Riobueno defeated Maria Biryukova on court 5 in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-2. Soon after, the Hurricanes followed up with another point as Wagner blew past Generette, 6-2, 6-2.
The 12th-ranked Burgic notched a point on the board for Baylor with her 6-2, 6-4 score over Laurente to make it 3-1. The Hurricanes clinched the match with Melissa Bolivar's victory on court 6 against Alex Leatu, 6-1, 7-6(4).
Baylor would go on to win two more matches on the day. Sanford won her match against Monique Alburquerque, 6-4, 6-4. Kisialeva lost her first set, 3-6, but came back to win a second set, 7-5, to force a third-set tiebreak. Kisialeva won that 10-6.
"She did a good job of coming back and fighting hard and finding a way to win," Scrivano said. "The unfortunate part is that she gets herself in a position where she could lose the match. That's the problem we have. There's no reason that match should be in three sets. If Victoria would do the right thing and be coachable, then she would find herself in much better positions earlier."
With this loss, Miami now leads the all-time series against Baylor, 6-5.
Up next, Baylor will resume Big 12 play against 33rd-ranked TCU at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
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