What started off last weekend as 10 Big 12 tennis teams competing in the NCAA Championships is down to four conference teams that are still alive as the championship field is cut to 16.
On Sunday, the Baylor and Oklahoma men’s teams won their second-round matches and will join the Baylor women and Texas men in the round of 16 to be contested next weekend at the University of Georgia in Athens.
The host Baylor men’s team, ranked sixth in the nation with a season record of 25-5, defeated the Tulsa Hurricane on Sunday by a score of 4-1. That came a day after the Bears had beaten Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4-0 in the opening round.
At the same time Baylor was disposing of Tulsa, the No. 2 overall seed Oklahoma men, who finished second to Baylor in the Big 12 Championship tournament this season, took care of business against Harvard 4-0, giving Sooners head coach John Roddick his 100th career victory. Roddick is the older brother of U.S. tennis professional Andy Roddick.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys’ men’s team was also in action on Sunday, but came up short in its second-round match with USC, losing 4-1 to the Trojans. Oklahoma State finished it’s men’s season with an overall record of 22-8, the program’s best record since 2005, when the Cowboy men finished 22-7.
The lineup for the four Big 12 teams that are still alive in the 2014 NCAA Tennis Championship looks like this:
Baylor women vs. Virginia Cavaliers
Texas men vs. California Golden Bears
No. 2 Oklahoma men vs. No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats
No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 12 Illinois
The men’s teams from Texas Tech, and women’s teams from Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech were eliminated in their opening round matches in the NCAA Championship.