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Daily Bears Report 9/18

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Soccer, Volleyball and Football Win, Golf and Tennis still Swinging

Baylor v Rice Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Today’s Events

Women’s Soccer

Women’s Volleyball

vs. Virginia

vs. College of Charleston

vs. Washington State

Women’s Tennis

Senior Blair Shankle won a pair of matches in straight sets yesterday to advance to the Bush’s $50,000 Waco Showdown Wildcard final. This story from Baylor Bears dot com.

Shankle, who is ranked 54th in the preseason, won her first match of the day, 6-2, 6-1, over sophomore Karina Traxler in quarterfinal action. She won in straight sets again in the semifinal, defeating her opponent Abigail Chiu, 6-3, 6-0.

"I thought Blair played well enough today to win," Baylor head women’s tennis coach Joey Scrivano said. "She is making some progress in key areas. Obviously, we are early in the process and there is so much to improve. I'm happy to see her make the final and have a chance to qualify."

Women’s Golf

Baylor women’s golf is tied for eighth place after shooting 7-over-par 295 in Friday’s first round at the Mason Rudolph Championship at Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Baylor was led by senior Maggie Beth Byers, who is competing as an individual. She made four birdies over her last seven holes to finish at 2-under-par 70, placing her in a tie for fourth place. Freshman Evelyn Arguelles made five birdies and finished the day at 1-under-par 71, good for a tie for eighth place.

Sophomore Maria Vesga is tied for 30th place at 2-under 74, while junior Amy Lee and freshman Fiona Liddell posted the Bears’ final countable scores at 3-over 75, placing them in a tie for 38th place. Redshirt sophomore Dylan Kim is tied for 69th place at 7-over 79.

“We didn’t have our A-games today, but tomorrow is a new day and we’ll take care of what we can control,” head coach Jay Goble said. “Evelyn (Arguelles) played a great round today, and I’m proud of her fight on the golf course.”

Men’s Tennis

Baylor men’s tennis players Jimmy Bendeck and Bjoern Petersen both picked up singles wins Saturday at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic at the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort. This story from Baylor Bears dot com.

Bendeck stayed perfect at the event in singles play with a 7-5, 7-5 triumph over USTA Junior Andrew Fenty.

Garnering his first win at the event, Petersen downed USTA Junior Axel Nefve, 6-1, 6-2.

Baylor’s two other singles players both lost their matches on Saturday with Constantin Frantzendropping a 6-4, 6-2 decision to USTA Junior Michael Heller and 54th-ranked Max Tchoutakiansuffering a 6-2, 6-4 setback to USTA Junior Lukas Grief.

All of the singles matches do not count towards collegiate rankings or records.

In doubles, Bendeck and Petersen downed USTA Juniors Christian Alshon and Nefve, 7-5, while Frantzen and Tchoutakian lost to Cal’s Bergevi and Lakat, 6-4.

Men’s Golf

Story from Baylor Bears dot com.

Baylor men’s golf is tied for 11th place after shooting 16-over-par 296 in Saturday’s second round at the Fighting Illini Invitational. The Bears have a 36-hole score of 29-over-par 589 and are within five strokes of the top six heading to Sunday’s final round at Olympia Fields Country Club.

Freshman Cooper Dossey is tied for 18th place individually at 4-over-par 144, after shooting 3-over 73 on the day. Senior Hunter Shattuck is tied for 24th place at 6-over 146 following his second consecutive round of 3-over 73.

Sophomore Braden Bailey carded another 4-over 74 score, placing him in a tie for 36th at 8-over 148. Sophomore Garrett May is tied for 51st place with a two-round score of 11-over 151 following Saturday’s 6-over 76. Matthew Perrine (+21, 161) is in 77th place after shooting 12-over 82 in his second round.

Football

The Bears plucked the Rice Owls 38-10 on Friday night. ODB’s Mark Seymour has the instant analysis here.

After struggling for the first quarter and going into halftime up just 11 on the Rice Owls, theBaylor Bears recovered to reach 600 total yards for the first time this season and put 38 points on the board. The defense stiffened considerably after halftime, giving up just 58 yards the rest of the way, and the offense seemed to find itself (at Baylor!) somewhat with more than 300 yards of its own. After working his way back into playing shape in the first two games, KD Cannonwent off for 9 catches for 213 yards and 2 TDs, and JaMycal Hasty led the team in rushing yards for the first time (in what I'm sure will be many) in his career.

Oh, and Shock Linwood officially became the leading career rusher in Baylor history, finishing the game with a new record of 3,675 rushing yards. He hasn't looked 100% yet t this season, but he'll be a weapon at some point if he can get back completely healthy.

ODB’s Kendall_Kaut has more highlights, tweets and notes.

While Baylor has a lot of questions entering conference play, the team is 3-0. It sounds like everyone will be available against Oklahoma State, and the conference may be the worst it’s been in years. Though we should have a better idea after this weekend if Oklahoma is worse than we thought entering the season, or if Houston is ready to win a playoff game, and where the rest of the Big 12 falls.

FanSided projects Baylor to No. 17.

If Forrest Gump watched college football this season, he would definitely compare it to a box of chocolates. So far this season, we have no idea what we’re going to get each weekend and that’s why this start to the year has been so good.

Just in the first three weeks alone, we’ve had two top-5 teams lose in Week 1, countless near upsets and a quarterback score 18 total touchdowns in 12 quarters.

Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals absolutely curb-stomped No. 2 Florida State at home on Saturday, 63-20. If the Heisman Trophy was handed out in September, Jackson would’ve been presented the trophy after Louisville’s win. He’s been that absurd to start the season.

After last weekend, there were 47 unbeaten NCAA Division 1-A teams. Now there are only 37. Baylor and West Virginia are the remaining undefeated in the Big XII. OBF has the list of undefeated here.

Yakety Sax

According to Rock Chalk Talk’s mikeville, Yakety Sax is the new theme song for the Kansas Football ErrorRaid Offense.

Don’t let the score fool you, the Kansas defense played very, very well against Memphis. They held the Tigers to four field goal attempts, forced numerous three-and-outs, and frequently disrupted the Memphis offensive line.

But when your offense is circus music or Benny Hill theme bad, you just can’t help but laugh.

Before you could blink it was 19-0 Memphis. Well, that’s not fair. It wasn’t 19-0 until the second quarter, as the aforementioned defense admittedly gave up a few big plays but held Memphis to one touchdown and three field goal attempts (two good) in the first quarter.

Famous Quote: “It is widely rumored that the Baylor Board of Regents listens to Yakety Sax during board meetings when Drayton McLane is not present.” - OBF.

Lady Bears Basketball

Just in case anyone forgot, the Lady Bears (and perhaps daddingo) are here to remind you that they have won six straight Big XII championships. Sic ‘em Lady Bears!