After upsetting 18th-ranked and fourth-seeded Kansas yesterday, the 26th-ranked and fifth-seeded Baylor women’s tennis team saw its Big 12 Championships run come to an end in the semifinals Saturday afternoon at Texas Tennis Center. The Bears fell, 4-1, to Big 12 regular season champion and sixth-ranked Texas.
Both teams battled it out in doubles play, but the Longhorns prevailed to take the early lead. Texas pushed its advantage to 2-0 with a win at No. 3 singles, before the Bears broke into the win column.
Freshman Livia Kraus toppled Marta Perez-Mur in dominant fashion, 6-3, 6-0, on court five. It is her eighth-straight singles victory and her 24th on the year.
The Longhorns responded with wins on courts six and two to claim the team result and advance to the Big 12 Championship match.
“The team has done exceptionally well. This tournament really showed what they can be. For back-to-back matches they competed at such a high level. They really got their priorities in order in this tournament and focused on things that are really important.” – Head coach Joey Scrivano
· Baylor is 17-13 on the season after going 1-1 in Big 12 Championships play.
· The Bears have played 18 matches against ranked opponents, compiling a 7-11 mark against them.
· Baylor is 31-14 (.689) all-time at the Big 12 Championships.
· Freshman Livia Kraus won her eighth-straight singles match.
· Kraus leads the Bears with 24 wins on the season.
The Bears will learn their NCAA Championship fate on Tuesday afternoon, as the Selection Show is scheduled to stream live at 4:30 p.m. (CT) on www.ncaa.com. Baylor has made 13 consecutive NCAA team appearances and earned 20 bids in program history.