April 20, 2008
IRVING, Texas -- Baylor and Texas each claimed a share of the Big 12 Conference regular season title. This marks the Bears' seventh-straight regular season crown and eighth overall while the Longhorns take home a piece of the title for the fifth time in Big 12 history.
In a crowded race for the Conference title and top seed in next weekend's Big 12 Tennis Championships, the 13th-ranked Baylor squad defeated No. 16 Texas Tech 5-2 to earn a share of the title and the No. 2 seed. A Texas Tech win would have given the Red Raiders the top seed and the first-round bye but instead dropped them to the No. 4 seed.
Texas earned the title and the top seed by edging in-state rival Texas A&M 4-3. By earning the No. 1 seed, it also gave UT a first-round bye in next weekend's championship.
The `Horns were 19-4 overall this season while going 5-1 in conference play. This is fifth regular season crown for Texas (1997, `98, `99, 2006 and `08) and the first since 2006 when they shared the title with Baylor that year as well. The only losses Texas endured this season were to No. 1 Virginia, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 USC and No. 16 Texas Tech.
The Bears were 19-8 on the season with a 5-1 conference record. This is the seventh-straight regular season title for Baylor and eighth in league history (2000, `02, `03, `04, `05, `06, `07 and `08). All of BU's eight losses were to teams currently ranked in the top 20.
Both teams return to action next weekend as participants in the Big 12 Tennis Championships in College Station, Texas, April 24-27.