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Daily Bears Report 10/15

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Baylor is more. Soccer downs TCU. Tennis advances to final day. Cross Country places fifth. Volleyball faces West Virginia. More BU athletics videos released. Football plays today. Its Homecoming!

Baylor Athletics Videos

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Baylor Basketball (W): Sophia Young Career Retrospective

Baylor Acrobatics & Tumbling: Ten Point-O Club Kickoff Dinner

Baylor Football: Preview vs. Kansas (Re-Run From 10/14/16 DBR)

Volleyball

Following a midweek loss to No. 4 Texas, the Baylor volleyball team will try to get back on the winning track Saturday at West Virginia. From BearsExtra.

It’s the longest road trip of the Big 12 circuit for the Bears (15-6, 3-2).

They’ve won three of their four career matches in Morgantown, though Baylor coach Ryan McGuyre said that the Bears can’t afford to overlook anyone.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re firing on all cylinders,” McGuyre said. “West Virginia is a good team, they’ve beaten some Pac-12 teams, they’ve got some good wins at home. If we want to make a run through the tournament, we’ve got to make sure we take care of teams in conference.”

West Virginia is 11-9 on the year and 2-4 in Big 12 play.

Cross Country

Using four runners in the top-31 individuals, the Baylor's women's cross country team placed fifth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Friday at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. From KWTX TV 10.

The 21st-ranked Bears totaled 228 points, which was just 21 back of fourth-place and 11th-ranked New Mexico (207) and 30 points ahead of sixth-place and 19th-ranked San Francisco (258).

For her fourth race of the fall, senior Maggie Montoya led the Bears with an 11th-place finish in 20:24.8. Lindsey Bradley was right behind Montoya, clocking a time of 20:30.9 to finish 15th in the 6,000-meter race.

Next to cross the finish line for the Bears was Peyton Thomas (29th, 20:44.2), while Anna West was 31st in 20:45.2. Baylor's final scoring runner was Gabby Satterlee, who was 142nd in a time of 21:50.7.

As a team the Bears were 10th through the first 2K of the race, but closed the gap to move to fifth through 4,000 meters and held that position to the end of the race.

Tennis

  • Senior Lady Bear Blair Shankle split in singles action and posted two wins in mixed doubles to advance to the final on day two of the Oracle/ITA Masters in Malibu, California. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The No. 9 seed in the event, Shankle played to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 upset victory over No. 8 seed and Big 12 Conference foe Viktoriya Lushkova of Oklahoma State to advance to the quarterfinal where she put in a strong effort against the top seed from Pepperdine, Luisa Stefani. Shankle notched the tie-breaker in set one, 7-6, before dropping the next two, 6-3, 6-1, to take the loss.

"This event has given me a lot of confidence," Shankle said. "I'm obviously upset that I didn't win my second round against Stefani, but it gives me confidence moving forward that I'm doing the right things and I'm working the right things. At this point, it's a good indicator of where I'm at. I can play with the top players in the country and that's a good thing, I just need to keep working to get even better to eventually be able to overcome in that third set and win those matches."

Shankle, paired with Baylor men's tennis player Max Tchoutakian, continued their mixed doubles success with a 6-2 win over Ena Shibahara and Martin Redlicki of UCLA. The BU duo secured a spot in the finals, registering their fourth victory of the tournament, 6-4, against Meible Chi of Duke and William Bushamuka of Kentucky.

"I'm having so much fun playing with Max," Shankle said. "He really stepped it up because I just came off of a three-setter and did great supporting me. We played well and it's been a ton of fun experiencing this with him. We're proud to represent Baylor in the finals."

  • Baylor men's tennis senior Max Tchoutakian partnered with Baylor women’s tennis senior Blair Shankle to win two mixed doubles matches Friday at the Oracle/ITA Masters. From News Channel 25 KXXV.

The Aix en Provence, France, product and Shankle are now 4-0 at the California event.

In the quarterfinal round, Shankle and Tchoutakian produced a 6-2 victory over UCLA’s Martin Redlicki and Ena Shibahara.

To end the night and advance out of the semifinals, the BU duo took care of Meible Chi (Duke) and Ryotaro Matsumura (Kentucky), 6-4.

In singles consolation play, Tchoutakian produced a 6-4, 6-2 win over Alex Chepik of Bethune-Cookman to advance to the quarterfinal round. Tchoutakian, ranked No. 54, is now 5-4 on the season.

On Saturday, Tchoutakian and Shankle will face Haley Carter (North Carolina) and Christopher Eubanks (Georgia Tech) in the mixed doubles final at 9 p.m. CT.

In the singles consolation draw, Tchoutakian face Vinny Gillespie of Drake at 12 p.m. CT in the quarterfinals.

Soccer

Baylor soccer earned a 2-1 win over TCU on Friday evening at Betty Lou Mays Field. From Baylor Bears dot com which also has game notes and stats.

The Bears (11-4-1, 4-1-1) scored twice in the second half to take down the Horned Frogs (8-3-2, 0-3-1).

After a hard-fought, evenly matched first half, the Bears took control in the second. In the 61st minute, Raegan Padgett made a run down the right sideline and fired a 17-foot shot from the right edge of the box that went through the goalkeeper’s hands for a 1-0 lead.

Then in the 71st minute, a volley by Caitlin Schwartz turned into a back-footed redirected goal by Precious Akanyirige in the box. TCU managed to get a goal in the 90th minute but did not have enough time to put together another attack.

“Our goal all year is to get better every day and I think we have been doing that constantly and consistently. That’s just a credit to the veterans on this team. We definitely got better tonight and the great thing about this sport is that we have to turn around tomorrow for a recovery day and continue to get better.” – Head Coach Paul Jobson.

Sic ‘em Bears!