Norman, Okla. Ė Semifinal action wrapped up for both sides of the bracket at the Big 12 Tennis Championships, as both the men’s and women’s teams for Baylor and Texas advanced to Sunday’s championship finals. The double Baylor-Texas match-up is a familiar pairing in Big 12 history, as all four programs have met simultaneously in championship play every year since 2006.
On the men’s side, top-seeded Baylor will make its eighth consecutive appearance since 2002 in the title match. Texas has qualified for four straight finals, last meeting Baylor in 2008 when BU won the title, 4-2.
The Bears posted a 4-1 semifinal win over Oklahoma State, earning the doubles point from the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. In singles, BU clinched the match with Jordan Rux’s effort at No. 2 (6-4, 7-6) and also grabbed wins from its No. 3 and No. 6 players.
On the south courts, Texas and Texas A&M battled it out in a 4-2 UT victory. The Longhorns won three singles matches, and earned the doubles point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3. Jonah Kane-West’s sixth-spot singles match was the clincher for Texas, as he defeated Colin Hoover (6-3, 7-6).
In the first women’s match of the day, Baylor defeated Nebraska, 4-0. The Bears came out on top in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, then earned three wins at No. 5, No. 2 and No. 6 singles. Kasia Siwosz capped the effort with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Stephanie Evans, and BU advanced to its fifth straight championship match.
The second match saw the Texas women outlast Texas A&M in a 4-2 win. The Longhorns won doubles at No. 2 and No. 3, which TAMU answered with two singles wins. UT then rebounded in its last three singles matches to secure the victory. Caroline Larsson finished at No. 3 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to send Texas to its 13th consecutive championship final.
The men’s and women’s championships are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday at Headington Family Tennis Center. The finals were moved up two hours ahead of the original start times. 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.