Sports Briefs, Spring 2010

March 23, 2010

No. 1-ranked women's tennis leads seven Baylor teams among top 25

Baylor women's tennis jumped to No. 1 in the country the week of March 16, a first for the program. Head coach Joey Scrivano's women began the season at No. 5 in the nation, their fourth top-10 preseason ranking in five years, before ascending to the top.

At press time, seven of Baylor's 11 winter/spring athletic programs were ranked among the top 25 in the nation. 

Women's tennis led the way at No. 1, followed by equestrian at No. 7 and men's tennis at No. 8. Other top-25 squads included women's basketball at No. 14, men's basketball at No. 19, men's track and field at No. 22, and softball at No. 24.

Competitive cheer coach named

Karry Forsythe was named head coach of Baylor's newly added competitive cheer program in January. The sport was named Baylor's 19th varsity sport last July and will begin competition next year.

Forsythe comes to Baylor from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, where she spent the last nine years as coach of the cheerleaders and dance team. During that time, she led Blinn to five top-six finishes at the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Cheer & Dance Championships, including a second-place finish in 2009.

Volleyball earns Sweet 16 finish

In December, Baylor volleyball wrapped up the best season in program history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 and ranking No. 20 in the season's final national rankings. 

The Bears finished 24-10 on the year with four wins over top-25 teams, including a 3-0 sweep of Iowa State (which finished sixth nationally) and an upset on the road of No. 9 UCLA in the NCAA Tournament's second round.

Seniors Taylor Barnes and Anna Breyfogle became the first all-Americans in program history when they were named AVCA All-America Honorable Mention. Both earned all-Big 12 and all-region honors, and Breyfogle was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year.