Women's Tennis preview: Missouri and Kansas
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 19 Texas (13-10, 7-2) concludes regular-season play this weekend at it hosts Missouri (10-9, 1-8) and No. 63 Kansas (13-8, 4-5) at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin.UT meets Missouri on Saturday at noon CDT before taking on Kansas at noon on Sunday.Texas seniors Kelly Baritot (Allison Park, Pa.), Mia Marovic (Split, Croatia) and Kendra Strohm (Tucson, Ariz.) will be honored prior to Sunday's match.
Fans attending Sunday's match are recommended to consider alternate parking options due to the BPMS 150 bicycle race scheduled to run through Austin. Parking will not be available on Trinity Street between 15th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Fans are advised to use Lot 80 adjacent to the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, or park south of 15th Street.Vehicle travel on Dean Keaton, Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and 15th Street is not recommended.Fans should plan to arrive at Sunday's match early in the event of heavy traffic around the tennis facility.
Texas looks to end the regular season on a winning note after suffering a tough loss to No. 5 Baylor Wednesday evening in Austin.UT held a 3-2 lead late in the match, but Baylor rallied for a 4-3 victory to clinch the Big 12 regular-season championship.
The Longhorns feature two ranked student-athletes in the 70th-ranked Marovic and 79th-ranked junior Petra Dizdar (Split, Croatia).Sophomore Courtney Zauft (San Antonio, Texas) holds a 6-2 record at No. 4 singles in Big 12 play, and junior Ristine Olson (Missoula, Mont.) enters the match at 5-1 at the sixth slot in conference play.
Missouri heads to Austin after defeating Memphis and St. Louis on Sunday, April 16.Texas handed Mizzou a 7-0 defeat last season in Columbia, Mo.Kansas is coming off of a 4-3 victory at Colorado on Saturday, April 15.The Jayhawks head to College Station on Saturday to meet Texas A&M before trekking to Austin on Sunday to take on the Longhorns.UT dealt KU a 7-0 defeat a season ago in Lawrence, Kan.
A win over either Missouri or Kansas would assure Texas a first-round bye at next week's Big 12 Tennis Championships in Waco.The event is set for April 27-30 at the Baylor Tennis Center.