Murfreesboro, TN - The improbable run by Baylor’s freshman tandem of Helen Guerry and Ensley Collins came up one match short of a state championship berth falling to Ensworth’s junior Riley Collins and senior captain Anna Chambers in a three set thriller 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
The Baylor ladies earned the Final Four match after defeating Hutchison’s Zoe Pelt and Olivia Evans 6-4, 6-4 in the morning quarter final match.
The semi-final match was going Baylor’s way early with a commanding 4-2 lead and a deciding point opportunity to push the advantage to 5-2 in the opening frame.
Not only did that point go the other way, but so did the momentum as Baylor would drop the set 6-4. Both teams stayed on serve throughout the second set until a clutch break at 5-5 and a strong Guerry service game to take the set 7-5. The third set turned when Baylor lost another deciding point at 1-2, their sixth of seven such points in the match, followed by an Ensworth hold. The match ended on the seventh decider point, putting the Ensworth ladies into the finals.
Baylor Coach Ryan Reeves expressed his sentiment about his freshman team. “It was a very special season for these young ladies. They have a lot of tennis left to play and their work ethic is second to none. I’m excited to watch them work and compete for three more years.” Baylor’s ladies return every player from their state runner up team.