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WT Is Getting Ready for the NCAA Tournament

Mel Krywoj and Alicia Herrero Linana have “really helped us get back on track” following a year in residence and a COVID-shortened 2020 season, Baylor women’s tennis coach Joey Scrivano said.

With a 22-5 record and a national ranking of seventh, Krywoj and Herrero are the No. 5-8 seeds for the NCAA Championship individual doubles. They have guided the Bears (15-8) to their second-straight NCAA regional appearance. At 10 a.m. Friday, No. 27 Baylor will meet 39th-ranked Washington (14-11) in the first round at Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.

“They came in at a critical time for us,” Scrivano added. “They, and really the entire period – because success is always a team effort – aided us tremendously in regaining our footing and elevating the program. Ultimately, we chose that path because we desired to maximize our potential and compete for championships. And we’ve been successful in doing so because we’re in a great location, the culture is strong, and things are moving in the right direction.”

Recognizing that both players would be required to sit out a year in residence, Scrivano elected to play the 2019 season with a depleted squad, ending 9-21 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12. This is one of just two losing seasons in Scrivano’s 23-year head coaching career. “We occasionally forget that they had a two-year break,” Scrivano said, alluding to a 10-2 finish in 2020, “during which they had to really work on their patience and really demonstrate a lot of acceptance of a circumstance over which they had no influence.” That is where I am most proud of them, for how they handled it and for their ability to persevere. That is why they are the individuals they are today: they showed great maturity in the face of adversity.”

 

 

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Written by Doug McKain

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