AUSTIN, Texas - The Big 12 Tennis Championships semifinal action concluded with in-state rivals Texas and Texas A&M advancing in the men’s bracket, while UT and Baylor will face off on the women’s side in Sunday’s finals.
Top-seeded Texas makes its fourth consecutive appearance in the championship game, as the Longhorns look for their fourth postseason conference title (1997, '99, 2006).
UT earned its trip to the finals after defeating Texas Tech, 4-0. The Horns jumped to an early lead with the doubles win at No. 2 and No. 1. The Horns added singles wins with straight-set sweeps from Jean Andersen (6-3, 6-3) at the No. 4 Spot, Josh Zavala (6-4, 7-6 (3)) at No.5 and Vasko Mladenov (6-1, 7-5) at No. 6.
No. 2 Texas A&M battled through for a 4-1 victory against Baylor. TAMU heads to the finals for the first time since 2004.
The Aggies sealed the doubles win at No. 1 and No. 2. After losing one singles match to the Bears, TAMU bounced back with singles wins from Jeff Dadamo (No. 2) and Alexey Grigorov. Austin Krajicek, ranked seventh nationally, clinched the Aggies trip to the finals by defeating BU's Denes Lukacs (6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3) at No. 1 singles.
On the women’s side, the Longhorn women also punched their ticket to the finals game. UT topped Nebraska, 4-0. Texas came out on top in No. 2 and No. 1 doubles, followed by three straight-set wins at singles. Vanja Corovic took No. 3 singles (6-2, 6-0), Aeriel Ellis answered with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 and Maggie Mello capped things off at No. 5 (6-2, 6-3).
The Horns will face No. 1 Baylor in the women's finals. The two will meet in the championship game for the sixth consecutive year, with BU holding a 4-1 lead against UT.
The Bears posted a 4-0 shutout of Texas A&M, getting on the board early with the doubles win. BU's Nina Secerbegovic earned the No. 2 singles win (6-0, 6-2), followed by Jelena Stanivuk (No. 5) and Csilla Borsanyi (No. 4).
Baylor has captured the past four postseason conference titles (2006-09). The Longhorn women hold the most wins overall with seven (1997-2002, '05).
The men’s and women’s championships are schedule for 1 p.m. CT on Sunday at Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Day passes are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth. For continued coverage of the Big 12 Tennis Championships, visit Big12Sports.com.