Baylor and Oklahoma, the league’s final two representatives in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, were knocked out of the Round of 16 Thursday in Urbana, Ill.
The No. 14 Oklahoma men’s team’s season ended after they fell to No. 2 Georgia, 4-1. This is the second time in four years the Bulldogs have eliminated the Sooners from the NCAA Championship, as they knocked them out of the Elite Eight in 2010.
This marks the end of a historic season for the Sooners. In head coach John Roddick’s fourth year at OU, the Sooners nabbed their first top-five ranking, made it to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the first time, won their second consecutive Big 12 Championship and made it to the Sweet Sixteen for the second time in school history.
The 13th-ranked Baylor Bears fell 4-1 to four-time defending national champion USC. The Trojans have now won three straight over the Bears to take a 5-4 lead in the all-time series. The loss ends Baylor’s 2013 season with a 22-6 mark.
Baylor’s NCAA record now stands at 45-15 with a 10-4 mark in Round of 16 matches and a 16-13 record at the NCAA final site. BU lost a match after winning the opening point for only the third time in 2013.
Select Big 12 tennis student-athletes will now compete in the individual portion of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships. The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex and Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship.