Baylor defeats women’s tennis team in regular season finale

The women’s tennis team left the indoor courts Friday with a little better idea of what it will need to work on before this week’s Mountain West Conference Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., after a 4-1 loss to a No. 5-ranked Baylor squad.

The Horned Frogs, ranked No. 28, were on a six-match winning streak before suffering the loss.

The team got off to a good start when it claimed the doubles point but was unable to win any of the singles matches that followed. The team closed the season with a 7-1 record in the MWCand a 13-10 record overall.

“We tried to get into singles with the same energy we had in doubles,” senior Anna Sydorska said. “We fought hard but they are a good team.”

Despite the loss, Sydorska celebrated her 100th doubles victory in her college career, holding the record for the second-most victories in doubles in the university’s history.

Senior Macall Harkins, No. 78 in the nation, said the team will take that extra level of confidence it had in doubles with them to the tournament next weekend to be more prepared in singles matches.

“Doubles went really well because we went out there strong and were raring to go,” Harkins said.

Junior Nina Munch-Soegaard, the No. 14-ranked singles player in the nation, played for the first time since late February after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Munch-Soegaard said she is feeling good, ready to be back and looking forward to playing matches again.

Head coach Jefferson Hammond said the Horned Frogs came out swinging as loose as they could but the Bears fought hard and weren’t just going to collapse after giving up the doubles point.

“We played a really tough opponent, so we should feel prepared for anything now,” Hammond said.

The team will head to Albuquerque to compete in the MWC Championships beginning Wednesday.