In addition to the Baylor men’s and women’s teams, winners of the Big 12 Tennis Championships last weekend, eight other Big 12 teams from both the men’s and women’s divisions are on their way to the NCAA Championship, which gets under way at 32 campus regional sites May 9-12.
Five of the six men’s teams in the conference and five of 10 women’s teams have been selected to appear in the 2014 NCAA Tennis Championships. Men’s teams competing in this year’s national championship tournament ate Baylor (23-5), Oklahoma (23-3), Texas (20-5), Oklahoma State (21-7) and Texas Tech (13-10). The five women’s teams are Baylor (24-6), Oklahoma State (14-8), Texas (12-12), Texas Tech (17-8) and the Oklahoma Lady Sooners (16-6).
On the men’s side, Baylor, which shared the Big 12 regular-season crown and won the conference championship tournament, and Oklahoma, runner-up to the Baylor men in the conference tournament, will both host first- and second-round regional matches. Baylor will entertain Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in its opening match in the Bears’ 17th consecutive NCAA appearance. The Sooners will Host Montana in its opening-round action.
The Texas men also earned a host site in the first two rounds. Making their 23rd consecutive NCAA appearance in tennis, the Longhorns are paired against Marist in the opening round on May 9. Oklahoma State will go to Los Angeles, where the Cowboy men will take on Michigan. And Texas Tech will travel down to Texas A&M, where it will be matched against California.
The Baylor women, who went 9-0 in the Big 12 in the regular season, and defeated Oklahoma State in the conference championship last weekend, will be at home in the opening round, taking on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Oklahoma State will be at Florida in the opening round of the NCAAs and is paired against South Florida. The Texas women will be at Texas A&M, where their first-round opponent will be Houston. The Longhorns have a long history in NCAA tennis, with two national championships to their credit 32 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
The Texas Tech women will meet Ole Miss from the SEC in their first-round NCAA action, and Oklahoma will face the Wichita State women’s team at the University of Miami.
The round of 16 in both the men’s and women’s team championship brackets will take place at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia May 15-20.