Baylor has been a school to be reckoned with in all of the major sports – football, basketball anfd baseball – in recent years, but when it comes to men’s tennis, the Bears absolutely own the Big 12.
By defeating Texas 6-1 on Tuesday, the Baylor men assured themselves of no worse than a share of the regular-season Big 12 tennis crown for the second time in the last three years. The Longhorns came into the Baylor match with a 2-1 record in conference play, 14-6 overall and third place in the league standings. Baylor remains undefeated in the conference with a perfect 4-0 record and only TCU left to play before the conference championship.
The match, played at Texas, was delayed by an hour because of rain. It was Baylor’s eighth straight win over Texas on the Longhorns’ home court in Austin and their seventh straight victory overall over Texas in Tennis. Baylor won two of the three doubles matches and five of the six in singles.
A win over TCU on Saturday will give the Bears the conference title outright and their 10th league crown in men’s tennis in the past 12 years.
Baylor sophomore Tony Lupieri captured the match winning point in the Texas dual match with a 6-3, 6-4 singles win over the Longhorns’ Sudanwa Sitaram, the 40th-ranked singles player in the country. Lupieri, ranked 84th, has now won nine straight singles matches.
Baylor has already clinched the top seed in the upcoming Big 12 Championship, which will be held April 25-28 at the University of Oklahoma.
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