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Motley wins Malone Award. Spring football practice. Tennis, Softball, Baseball and Track.

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But Blair Shankle isn’t any ordinary tennis player.

The Baylor senior is fifth in the country, and in the Lady Bears’ 4-0 rout of SMU Friday afternoon at the Hurd Tennis Center, Shankle reached the century mark.

“It’s crazy,” Shankle said. “I can’t believe it’s already been four years and that I’ve reached this milestone. It says a lot to the coaching and the players before me who helped me out and prepared me for my years here.”

Shankle is the ninth player in Baylor women’s tennis history to record such a feat.

Joey Scrivano said Shankle will go down in Baylor history as one of the all-time greats.

“It says so much about her dedication and her commitment and just her willingness to play through injury and illness,” the Baylor coach said. “She’s pretty darn amazing.”

While the women rolled to victory, the third-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team grinded out a 4-3 victory over No. 16 Oklahoma which snapped a five-match losing streak to the Sooners.

  • Men's Tennis Outlasts No. 16 Oklahoma, 4-3 - Baylor Official Athletic Site, The third-ranked Baylor men's tennis team used a three-set singles victory from sophomore Jimmy Bendeck to knock off No. 16 Oklahoma, 4-3, in its opening Big 12 conference match Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
  • No. 14 WT Bests SMU, 4-0 - Baylor Official Athletic Site, The No. 14 Baylor womens tennis team (16-5) notched its third consecutive 4-0 victory over on Friday evening against SMU (15-4) at Hurd Tennis Center. Senior Blair Shankle highlighted action with her 100th career win in singles action. She is the ninth player to accomplish the feat in program history.
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Motley was selected from a group of five finalists that also included Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen, Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and UCLA’s TJ Leaf.

Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell won the inaugural award in 2015 and Iowa State’s Georges Niang picked up the 2016 award.

“Baylor Nation is extremely proud and happy for Johnathan Motey,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “Karl Malone signifies hard work and dedication, and Johnathan has followed in those footsteps. He’s done a tremendous job progressing throughout his Baylor career.”


Baylor Softball: Highlights vs Iowa St (Fri)

With eight of nine hitters reaching base, the No. 13 Lady Bears methodically put away Iowa State, 5-1, in the series opener Friday night at Getterman Stadium.

They provided plenty of support for Baylor ace Kelsee Selman who scattered four hits and two walks and collected 10 strikeouts to improve to 18-3 this season. The Lady Bears (33-6, 6-1) moved to 19-1 at home heading into the second of the three-game series Saturday at noon.

“This was probably one of the first times I’ve had an umpire that was kind of a little tighter than usual, so I had to fight through that,” Selman said. “I had to use more of my curveball than I usually would because of his tight strike zone. Other than that, everything was the same and it worked out.”

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