After two days of play in the 2014 NCAA Tennis Championships, five Big 12 squads remain in the field. The Texas men and Baylor women both punched tickets to the Sweet 16 while the Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State men will look to join them on Sunday in the round of 32.
The final tennis match ever to be played at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center ended in a 4-1 victory for the ninth-ranked Longhorns over No. 18 Mississippi State. After dropping the doubles point, the Longhorns responded by not losing a set in all six singles matches. Texas (22-5) improves to 20-0 in NCAA Championship matches played in Austin and 13-0 at home this season. UT will play the winner of Texas A&M and California in the round of 16 on Friday, May 16 at 1 p.m. CT in Athens, Georgia.
The No. 29 Oklahoma State men’s tennis team started its 2014 NCAA Championships run in victorious fashion on Saturday, taking down No. 37 Michigan, 4-2, at the Marks Tennis Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The Cowboys (22-7) used three-set victories at Nos. 3, 4 and 6 and a straight-set winner from Jakob Sude to down the Wolverines, earning Oklahoma State its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2008. OSU will take on USC at 1 p.m. on Sunday, looking to earn its first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2008.
No. 2 Oklahoma (24-3) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship after eliminating Montana 4-0 Saturday in the tournament’s opening round in Norman. OU faces Harvard in the regional championship Sunday at 2 p.m. The Crimson eliminated the Auburn Tigers 4-1 in Saturday’s other first-round match.
The sixth-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team (24-5) defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-0 on Saturday in Waco. Baylor got off to a fast start claiming the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. The Bears picked up singles victories on courts one, two and three. BU has now advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship 13 consecutive years. The Bears continue NCAA Championship play on Sunday when they face No. 43 Tulsa at 2 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.
On the women's side, the Baylor Lady Bears (26-6) picked up the league's lone victory when they knocked off Rice 4-1 in Waco. BU took the doubles point from the 13th-ranked Owls and never looked back, claiming wins on courts two, four and six to clinch the match. Baylor will head to Athens, Ga. for the Sweet Sixteen next week. The Bears will face Virginia at 11 a.m. CT on May 15.
Four Big 12 squads saw their NCAA runs come to an end on Saturday. Texas Tech was shutout by California, 0-4, in College Station. The Red Raiders end the season at 13-11 after appearing in the program's 13th NCAA Championship.
The Texas women saw their season come to an end at the hands of in-state rival, Texas A&M. The Longhorns fell to the Aggies, 4-2 and end the season at 13-13.
Oklahoma ended its 2014 campaign with a loss to Miami. The Sooners were shutout, 4-0, on the Hurricanes home courts. OU ends the season at 17-7.
Oklahoma State’s women’s team wrapped up its 2014 campaign with a 4-1 loss to ninth-ranked Florida in the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Cowgirls finish the season at 16-9.