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Semifinals Set at Big 12 Tennis Championships
April 24, 2009
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Second-day action at the Big 12 Tennis Championships wrapped up with four women’s teams and three men’s squads advancing to semifinal play on Saturday.
 
In the first women's match of the day, Baylor defeated Missouri, 4-0. The clinching match came at No. 1 singles, where Taylor Ormond topped Jessica Giuggioli in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. The Bears advance to Saturday’s semifinal to face Nebraska at 3 p.m.
 
NU, seeded fourth, faced Colorado at No. 5.  The Huskers quickly earned the doubles point with victories from their top two duos. Nebraska added singles wins at No. 1, No. 3 and then clinched the match at No. 2, with Madeleine Geibert defeating Melisa Esposito, 6-3, 7-5.
 
On the men’s side, Oklahoma State outlasted Texas Tech in a close 4-3 battle. The Cowboys won four singles matches in straight sets after losing the doubles point to the Red Raiders. OSU earns a trip to semifinal action against Baylor at Noon on Saturday, marking the fifth consecutive semifinal appearance for Oklahoma State.  The Bears had a bye into the semifinals as the No. 1 seed. 
 
No. 2 Texas A&M’s men then posted a 4-1 win over Nebraska, with the Aggies taking a fast lead with doubles wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Colin Hoover finished the match at No. 6 singles in a second-set tiebreaker, 6-1, 7-6 (5). TAMU will make its second straight semifinals appearance, facing in-state rival Texas at Noon.
 
UT’s men then squared off with Oklahoma, prevailing 4-0. The Longhorns got doubles wins at No. 1 and No. 3 to earn the point, followed by straight-set victories at the No. 6, No. 3 and No. 5 positions. Josh Zavala of Texas posted a 7-6, 6-3 showing over George Chanturia to bring the match to a close and send the Longhorns to their fifth straight semifinal.
 
The Texas Tech-Texas women’s match saw the Longhorns walk away victorious, 4-0. UT took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. In singles, Texas won in straight sets at No. 6, No. 5 and No. 2, sending it to the semifinals for 13th consecutive season.
 
Texas A&M’s second-seeded women’s squad closed the evening’s competition against Oklahoma State with a 4-1 win. The Aggies swept all three matches for the doubles point and recorded singles wins from the No. 1, 6, 3 and 2 spots. Morgan Frank put the match away with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Nataliya Shatkovskaya. TAMU has qualified for every Big 12 semifinal round since 2000.
 
Men’s semifinal action kicks off at Noon on Saturday at Headington Family Tennis Center, followed by the women’s matches at 3 p.m. All-session passes still remain for $15 for adults and $10 for youth, students and seniors, while single-session tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for youth, students and seniors. For continued coverage of the Big 12 Tennis Championships, visit Big12sports.com.

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