Baylor, Oklahoma Fall Short In NCAA Tennis Team Championship


Baylor and Oklahoma, the Big 12′s last hope in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship team competition, were defeated in the round of 16 on Thursday in Urbana, Ill.,  and eliminated from the tournament.

The 16th ranked Baylor men went down to defeat against the four-time defending-champion team from USC, losing 4-1. This was Baylor’s third straight loss to USC. The Bears now have an overall NCAA Tournament record of 45-15 and are 10-4 when they reach the round of 16. Baylor won the opening point, but lost the next four in a row. This was only the third time all season that the Baylor men had lost a match after securing the first point.

Oklahoma succombed to No. 2-ranked Georgia, also by a score of 4-1. This is the second time in four years that Georgia has eliminated the Sooners from the NCAA Championship. In head coach John Roddick’s fourth season at the helm of OU men’s tennis, the Sooners claimed their first top-five ranking, made it to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Team Indoor championship for the first time and won their second consecutive Big 12 team title.

Four men’s singles players and one doubles team from the  Big 12 will compete in the individual portion of the Men’s Tennis Championships, which get underway May 22 and run through the 27th. Competing in singles will be Costin Paval of Oklahoma, Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella of Baylor and Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas.

Representing the Big 12 in doubles is the Texas pair of Chris Camillone and David Holiner, the reigning Big 12 champions

 

 

 

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