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Tennis Semifinals Highlighted By Upsets
April 28, 2018

The finals have been set for the 2018 Big 12 Tennis Championship with No. 2-seeded Texas versus No. 5 Baylor in the men’s bracket while top-seeded Texas is slated to face the defending Big 12 Champion and No. 3-seed Texas Tech for the women’s title. The championship matches are slated to begin at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday at the Texas Tennis Center in Austin, Texas.

The men’s semifinals were highlighted by Baylor taking down the 2018 Big 12 Regular Season Champion TCU with a score of 4-2. The back and forth three hour and 26 minute match ended with Matias Soto on Court 2 earning the clinching point. Baylor, which ranks No. 27 in the nation, snapped No. 7 nationally ranked TCU’s 12 game winning streak to advance to the championship finals.

This marks the second time in Big 12 history a No. 5 seed has advanced to the men’s championship match.

Texas men’s tennis swept No. 3 Oklahoma 4-0 to achieve the program’s first appearance in the championship since 2010. UT’s Rodrigo Banzer put away the Longhorns’ victory with his 6-2, 6-4 win at fifth singles.

On the women’s side, the Longhorns locked up their first 20-win season since 2008 with a 4-1 decision against No. 5 Baylor. UT’s Granic registered the match-clinching point with her 6-1, 6-2 battle at third singles to give UT its first championship appearance since 2013.

Texas Tech earned its place in the championship match for the fourth consecutive year following a 4-0 win against No. 2 Oklahoma State. The 2017 women’s Big 12 postseason champions solidified their championship berth with Sara Dvorak’s match-clinching point at the No. 5 singles position.

The championships will be streamed live on Big12sports.com with the women’s championship on the north courts and the men’s championship in tandem on the south courts.

WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 26
10 a.m. No. 8 TCU 5, No. 9 West Virginia 1 South Courts
10 a.m. No. 7 Oklahoma 4, No. 10 Iowa State 0 North Courts
Friday, April 27
9 a.m. No. 5 Baylor 4, No. 4 Kansas 2 North Courts
Noon No. 1 Texas 4, No. 8 TCU 0 North Courts
3 p.m. No. 2 Oklahoma State 4, No. 7 Oklahoma 1 North Courts
3 p.m. No. 3 Texas Tech 4, No. 6 K-State 1 South Courts
Saturday, April 28
3 p.m. No. 1 Texas 4, No. 5 Baylor 1 North Courts
3 p.m. No. 3 Texas Tech 4, No. 2 Oklahoma State 1 South Courts
Sunday, April 29
1 p.m. No. 1 Texas vs. No. 3 Texas Tech North Courts

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, April 27
9 a.m. No. 5 Baylor 4, No. 4 Oklahoma State 0 South Courts
Noon No. 3 Oklahoma 4, No. 6 Texas Tech 1 South Courts
Saturday, April 28
Noon No. 5 Baylor 4, No. 1 TCU 2 South Courts
Noon No. 2 Texas 4, No. 3 Oklahoma 0 North Courts
Sunday, April 29
1 p.m. No. 2 Texas vs No. 5 Baylor South Courts

*All times Central

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