Women's Tennis preview: Big 12 Championships
April 28, 2010
WHAT: No. 18 Texas (15-4, 10-1 Big 12) begins postseason play this week at the Big 12 Championships. UT is hosting the tournament for the third time in the event’s 14-year history.
WHEN: Quarterfinals – Friday, April 30 – 3 p.m. Central; Texas will take on the winner of Thursday’s match featuring seventh-seeded Oklahoma State against 10th-seeded Iowa State. Texas defeated the Cowgirls and the Cyclones during the regular season.
WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas
LAST TIME OUT: Texas finished the regular season with a victorious weekend road swing at Missouri and Colorado. UT defeated Missouri by a 6-1 count on April 23 and knocked off Colorado by a 5-2 count on April 25.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
DAMICO, CRADDOCK AND LANCASTER EARN BIG 12 TITLES
Lancaster is the Big 12 champion at No. 5 singles after going 11-0 in league play. Damico earns the individual title at No. 3 singles at 9-2, and Damico and Craddock won the title at No. 2 doubles with a 9-2 overall record.
LONGHORNS MOVE UP IN ITA TEAM RANKINGS
LANCASTER CONTINUES DOMINANCE OF BIG 12 FOES
ELLIS TABBED BIG 12 CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ellis upset Northwestern’s 13th-ranked Maria Mosolova at No. 1 singles to clinch the Longhorns’ 6-1 victory over the fifth-ranked Wildcats. Ellis also helped the Horns clinch the doubles point when she teamed up with Vanja Corovic to post an 8-5 win over NU’s 23rd-ranked duo of Lauren Lui and Mosolova at No. 1 doubles.
THE 2009-10 LONGHORNS
Corovic returns after earning All-Big 12 singles honors in each of her three seasons in Austin. Senior Sarah Lancaster posted a 19-3 dual-match record last season and went unbeaten in conference play. Lancaster has won 15 of her last 16 singles contests.
Sophomore Krista Damico brought a 13-4 overall fall singles record into the dual-match season. Damico was selected as the Big 12 Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on April 6 after going 4-0 in her singles and doubles contests at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
Freshman Aeriel Ellis turned in a fall season that produced appearances in the main singles draws at the ITA All-American Championships and the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. Ellis totaled a 16-5 singles mark in the fall.