Women's Tennis preview: Big 12 Championship
April 28, 2011
WHAT: No. 25 Texas (14-6, 9-2 Big 12) opens postseason play this weekend at the 2011 Big 12 Championship. The second-seeded Longhorns have a first-round bye and will take on seventh-seeded Kansas State, who defeated 10th-seeded Kansas in Thursday’s opening round. Texas registered a 5-2 victory at Kansas State earlier this season.
Should Texas win on Friday, it would face either third-seeded Oklahoma or sixth-seeded Texas Tech in Saturday’s semifinals.
WHEN: Friday, April 29 – Noon Central
WHERE: Baylor Tennis Center – Waco, Texas
LAST TIME OUT: Texas wrapped up the regular season two weeks ago with a pair of 5-2 road wins at Nebraska and Iowa State
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
ITA RANKINGS UPDATE
THE 2010-11 LONGHORNS: Texas returns four regular singles starters from the 2009-10 squad that reached the finals of the Big 12 Championship and the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships.
The Horns are led by sophomore Aeriel Ellis, the 2010 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and ITA Texas Region Rookie Player of the Year. The Californian played in all three national championship events last season – the ITA All-American Championships, ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and the NCAA Championships – on her way to totaling a 32-14 overall singles record. Ellis also qualified for the ITA All-American Championships and the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships last fall. Ellis brings a 24-13 overall singles record into the Big 12 Championship.
Junior Krista Damico posted 28 singles wins during a standout sophomore campaign last season and brings 20 singles wins – eight in conference – to Waco this week. Senior Maggie Mello compiled a perfect 11-0 mark in conference play last season and totaled an 8-3 conference mark this season primarily at No. 3 singles.
Senior Amanda Craddock totaled a 13-6 dual-match singles record and posted an 8-3 mark in Big 12 play.
Freshman Juliana Gajic joined the Horns in January and has posted a 12-6 singles record in the bottom half of the Horns’ lineup.