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BU, OU, UT And TAMU Advance To Semifinals On Both Sides At Big 12 Tennis Championships
April 29, 2011
2011 Big 12 Tennis Championships Central

WACO, Texas - After day two action at the Big 12 Tennis Championships, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M advanced their squads to semifinal play on both the men's and women's sides.

It is only the second time in Big 12 history that the same four schools have moved on to the semifinals on both the men's and women's side. In 2001, BU, OSU, UT and TAMU sent teams to both semifinals.

Due to predicted precipitation in the forecast, the men's semifinal times have been moved up to 9:30 a.m. while the women's are at 1 p.m.

In women's action, third-seeded Oklahoma defeated sixth-seeded Texas Tech, 4-1, for its first semifinals appearance since 2004. After dropping the match at the No. 3 double position, the Sooners rallied to take wins at No. 2 and No. 1. Whitney Ritchie and Mia Lancaster picked up an 8-4 victory at No. 2 before Ana-Maria Constantinescu and Alice Radu downed Samantha Adams and Kelsy Garland with an 8-6 win to seal the point. Ritchie, Lancaster and Radu provided OU wins on the singles slate.

OU will duel UT, who secured a 4-0 triumph over seventh-seeded Kansas State, giving Texas its 15th semifinal appearance. The Longhorns blanked the Wildcats, earning the doubles point with an 8-5 win from their 54th-ranked duo of Amanda Craddock and Cierra Gaytan-Leach at the No. 1 position. Juliana Gajic and Maggie Mello took an 8-4 win at the No. 3 line. UT then earned straight-set wins at the No. 1, 2 and 6 spots, including a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 position from 26th-ranked Aeriel Ellis over Big 12 singles champion (No. 1) Petra Niedermayerova.

The fourth-seeded Aggie women made quick work of fifth-seeded Nebraska to head into their 12th-straight semifinal. Christi Liles and Christi Potgieter defeated 81st-ranked Madeleine Geibert and Steffi Weinstein 8-3 at the No. 1 position. Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank picked up an 8-5 decision at the No. 2 slot. Frank, Potgieter and Janelle Cuthbertson earned singles wins to improve TAMU to 15-7 on the year.

In the final match on the day, the top-seeded Baylor women defeated seventh-seeded Oklahoma State, 4-2, in a match that went just over four hours. The Cowgirls secured the double point, the first time BU has lost a double point to an unranked opponent this season. After dropping the first match of the doubles point, Sasha Belova and Malika Rose picked up an 8-6 win at the No. 2 spot. Nataliya Shatkovakaya and Kanyapat Narattana then won 8-6 at the No. 1 spot over BU's 59th-ranked Nina Secerbegovic and Karolina Filipiak. BU evened it up at 1-1 with a win from Secerbegovic at the No. 3 singles slot and claimed the 2-1 lead with a Novakova win at the No. 1 spot. After OSU took the win at the No. 5 position, Nakic secured the No. 2 win and Taylor Ormond clinched the win with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win. The Bears move on to face the Aggies.

For the men, Oklahoma also defeated Texas Tech, 4-0, advancing to face top-seeded Baylor. After splitting the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, the Sooners captured a tiebreaker win at the No. 3 spot as Lawrence Formentera and Laurentiu Gavrila won 9-8 (10-8). OU earned straight-set wins at the No. 2-4 singles holes, including a 6-3, 6-0 victory by 48th-ranked Costin Paval over 24th-ranked Gonzalo Escobar.

TAMU used tiebreaker wins in doubles and singles to propel to a 4-0 win over seventh-seeded OSU. The fourth-ranked Aggie tandem of Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo earned a 9-8 (3) win over 28th-ranked Rifat Biktyakov and Aleksey Grigorov at the No. 1 spot. After wins at No. 2 and No. 3, 89th-ranked Alexis Klegou clinched the victory with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win at the No. 4 spot.

The Aggies face third-seeded Texas, who picked up a 4-1 win over Nebraska. The Longhorns secured wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles spots to go up 1-0. NU notched the first singles win to make it 1-1, but the UT quickly closed the win with wins at the No. 2, 5 and 6 slots. Ed Corries, ranked 33rd nationally, recorded a 6-3, 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot to improve Texas to 17-7 on the season.

All-session passes are available at $10 for adults and $5 for youth, while day passes are $5 for adults and $3 for youth.  For continued coverage of the Big 12 Tennis Championships, visit

2011 Big 12 Women's Tennis Championships - Quarterfinals
No. 3 Oklahoma 4, No. 6 Texas Tech 1
No. 2 Texas 4, No. 7 Kansas State 0
No. 4 Texas A&M 4, No. 5 Nebraska 0
No. 1 Baylor 4, No. 9 Oklahoma State 3

2011 Big 12 Men's Tennis Championships - Quarterfinals
No. 5 Oklahoma 4, No. 4 Texas Tech 0
No. 2 Texas A&M 4, No. 7 Oklahoma State 0
No. 3 Texas 4, No. 7 Nebraska 1

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