The four remaining league women’s tennis squads were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Championship Sunday as Big 12 tennis teams wrapped up the first weekend of NCAA competition.
Along with the Baylor Bears, who lost Saturday, the five league women’s squads in the second round were the most in league history.
No. 18 Texas won the doubles point and added singles wins from Aeriel Ellis and Breaunna Addison, but No. 14 Virginia (19-9) edged the Longhorns by a 4-3 count Sunday afternoon at Virginia’s Snyder Tennis Center. UT’s season comes to an end at 18-11.
No. 17 Texas Tech came up just short as No. 15 Duke edged the Lady Raiders 4-3 in the second round Sunday at the McLeod Tennis Center. Texas Tech closes out the season at 20-6, equaling the most wins in program history. Tech’s three seniors, Caroline Starck, Elizabeth Ullathorne and Sandra Dynka close out their careers as the winningest players in program history.
After dropping the doubles point, the No. 29 TCU Horned Frogs got off to a fast start in the singles competition, but ultimately fell to Texas A&M 4-1. TCU finished its first season in the Big 12 with a 18-7 overall record, and a 6-3 record in conference play.
Oklahoma State ended its season Sunday afternoon with a tough 4-0 loss to top-seeded and seventh-ranked UCLA in the second round. The Cowgirls dropped the doubles point with losses on courts two and three, and the Bruins carried their momentum into singles play, taking three matches from Oklahoma State on three, five and six. OSU finished with a 16-9 overall record, the Cowgirls’ best mark during head coach Chris Young’s era.
The two remaining Big 12 squads in the NCAA Championship, the Baylor and Oklahoma men will now travel to the the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., for the third round of the event. OU will face third-seeded Georgia Thursday at 9 a.m. CT, while BU will battle four-time defending NCAA champion and fourth-ranked USC at 4 p.m.