Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas disposed of their first-round opponents and the Baylor women did the same on the distaff side of the bracket as the Big 12 got off to a strong start in the early going of the team competition in the NCAA Tennis Championships.
The Baylor men, ranked 13th in the nation, whitewashed Priairie View A&M 4-0 to move into the second round of play in the national championship tourney for the 11th consecutive year. The Bears’ next opponent will be Tulsa, ranked No. 25 in the country.
The 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners defeated Wichita State 4-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Norman Regional held at OU’s Headington Family Tennis Center. The Big 12 champions Sooners will next go up against North Carolina State, with the winner headed to the round of 16 nect week at the University of Illinois.
Texas was the third Big 12 men’s team to advance in regional action, downing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in stright games, 4-0. The Longhorns will next face regional host Texas A&M for the right to move on to the third round of NCAA Championship play.
On the women’s side of the bracket, 20th-ranked Baylor posted a 4-1 first-round victory over San Diego State. That moves the Lady Bears into the second round against No. 1 seed and 11th-ranked Northwestern. The Lady Wildcats defeated Baylor in a match earlier this season.
One other Big 12 men’s team lost in opening round play. TCU, the three-seed in the Los Angeles Regional, lost to the Drake Bulldogs, finishing its season with an 18-10 overall record.