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Tennis Preseason Coaches Polls Announced
January 11, 2017
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The votes have been counted and TCU, Texas and Oklahoma State are preseason favorites in Big 12 Tennis. For the first time conference coaches placed their votes prior to the start of spring match play to determine the overall preseason favorite.

Defending Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State was the unanimous pick on the women’s side. The Cowgirls are coming off of a perfect 9-0 record in league play and a clean run to the Big 12 postseason championship in 2016. Viktoriya Lushkova last season’s Most Outstanding Performer from the championship tabbed a 8-3 overall singles mark during the fall season, including 5-3 against ranked opponents.

TCU and Texas both picked up their second first-place raking in conference history. The Horned Frogs earned last year’s regular season title and postseason championship. Junior Cameron Norrie returns for TCU after he finished 47-16 overall a year ago and was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Performer.

The Longhorns came in at No. 4 in the preseason ITA national team poll, which marks the highest preseason ranking for Texas since 2009. Texas returns all but one letterwinner from last year’s squad that reached the NCAA Championships round of 16. The ‘Horns boast the No. 6 overall singles player, Christian Sigsgaard. The freshman went 16-3 in singles during the fall season.

Texas Tech claimed the second position on the women’s side with 70 votes, while Texas was third, racking in 63 votes. Baylor, Kansas and TCU were next in the poll at fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 K-State, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 10 West Virginia close out the ranking.

Men’s teams from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State record 14 points tie for third. Baylor placed fifth while Texas Tech finished out the poll in sixth.

Squads begin non-conference match play January 12-13 as conference play for the women starts on March 9 and for the men on March 31. The first weekly awards will be presented on January 17.

2017 Men's Preseason Tennis Poll

  Team (First-place votes)       Points
1. TCU (3) 23
  Texas (3) 23
3. Oklahoma 14
  Oklahoma State 14
5. Baylor 10
6. Texas Tech 6

 

2017 Women's Preseason Tennis Poll

  Team (First-place votes)       Points
1. Oklahoma State (9)*  81
2. Texas Tech (1) 70
3. Texas 63
4. Baylor 52
5. Kansas 50
6. TCU 47
7. Oklahoma 36
8.  Kansas State 25
9. Iowa State 14
10.  TCU 12

*Unanimous Selection

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