NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma and Baylor men and Texas and Oklahoma State women will battle for the 2013 Big 12 tennis championship crowns as all four teams advanced with semifinal wins Saturday at the Headington Family Tennis Center. First serve for both championship matches is 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.
The Sooner men will be looking for their second straight Big 12 Championship crown while the Bears are vying for their eighth tournament title. On the women’s side, the Longhorns, last year’s winners, are fighting for their eighth championship while the Cowgirls are playing for their second title and first since 2003. The fifth-seeded Cowgirls are the highest seed in the women’s finals since No. 7 Oklahoma in 1999.
In the men’s bracket, the second-seeded and 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (18-6) secured a third straight appearance in the Big 12 Tennis Championship final with a 4-1 victory against third-seeded Texas (16-18). The Longhorns got off to a hot start, taking victories at the No. 2 (8-5) and No. 3 (8-6) spots to earn the doubles point. That was UT’s final point of the day, though, as OU secured points at the third, second and fifth singles spots. Sophomore Dane Webb, last year’s Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Championship, clinched the win for the Sooners after notching a 6-4, 6-4 takedown of UT’s Nick Naumann at No. 4 singles.
The top men’s seed Baylor trumped No. 4 TCU, 4-1, to head to its 12th Big 12 tournament final. After the Horned Frog tandem of Will Stein and Nick Chappell nabbed the win at No. 1 doubles, the Bears sealed the point with 8-5 victories at the second and third spots. The Bears continued to roar, grabbing the first two singles wins at the Nos. 5 and 1 spots. The clinching point came at No. 3, where Baylor freshman Julian Lenz downed TCU’s Arnau Dachs, 6-3, 6-4.
The first women’s semifinal saw No. 3 Texas (16-10) upset second-seeded Texas Tech 4-3. The Lady Raiders (19-6) cruised through doubles, securing the point with an 8-3 win at No. 3 and an 8-2 victory at No. 2. The first two points off the court in singles went to the Longhorns, though, as No. 1 Aeriel Ellis defeated Tech’s Samantha Adams (6-2, 6-2) and No. 2 Breauna Addison took down Rashmi Teltumbde of Tech (6-2, 6-1). The two squads traded points at the fifth, third and fourth positions, leaving the deciding point up to a three-set thriller at No. 6. UT’s Lana Groenvnyck clinched the match for the Longhorns with the win at that spot over Lady Raider Caroline Starck 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
The biggest upset of the day came as No. 5 Oklahoma State knocked off top-seeded Baylor 4-3. The Cowgirls got off to a hot start, clinching the doubles point with wins over Baylor (16-14) at Nos. 2 and 3. Singles stayed tight as the teams exchanged points through the first five courts. It came down to the sixth spot where OSU’s Karyn Guttormsen came back from one set down to clinch the point and the match over BU’s Alex Clay 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-4.
Single-session tickets are still available at $5 for adults and $4 for youth and seniors.
2013 Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship - Seminfinals
No. 2 Oklahoma 4, No. 3 Texas 1
No. 1 Baylor 4, No. 4 TCU 1
2013 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championship - Semifinals
No. 3 Texas 4, No. 2 Texas Tech 3
No. 5 Oklahoma State 4, No. 1 Baylor 3