Women's Tennis preview: Baylor (NCAA round of 16)
May 18, 2010
WHAT: Texas (19-5), the No. 16 national seed, continues play in the NCAA Championships this week after posting a pair of wins last weekend at the Norman, Okla., regional. The Longhorns will meet top-seeded Baylor (29-2) in the NCAA round of 16.
WHEN: Thursday, May 20 - 6 p.m. Eastern
WHERE: The University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, Ga.
LIVE SCORING/VIDEO - http://www.ncaa.com/sports/c-tennis/champpage/c-tennis-div1-index.html
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
At the 2009 NCAA Championships, Texas opened with a 4-1 win over Pepperdine in Berkeley, Calif. The Longhorns were eliminated in the round of 32 by eighth-seeded California, 4-1.
THE ROAD TO ATHENS
Baylor and Texas met twice in Austin this season. The Bears posted a 5-2 win during the regular season on March 28 and defeated Texas by a 4-0 count in the finals of the Big 12 Championship on May 2.
SCOUTING THE FIELD OF 16
ELLIS, DAMICO, COROVIC EARN BIG 12 POSTSEASON HONORS
Ellis posted a 7-3 mark in Big 12 play at No. 1 singles. She holds a 32-12 overall singles record this season, including a 13-6 mark in dual matches. Ellis is UT's first Big 12 Freshman of the Year since Corovic in 2007.
Damico boasts a 28-11 overall singles record, including a 15-7 dual-match mark and a 9-2 record in conference play. Damico holds the No. 63 slot in the latest ITA singles rankings.
Ellis and Corovic, who hold the No. 49 slot in the latest ITA doubles rankings, notched a 5-2 league record, primarily at No. 1 doubles. The duo owns a 16-6 overall record and a 14-6 mark in dual-match play. Notably, Corovic becomes Texas' first four-time All-Big 12 doubles selection and just the third four-time all-conference doubles selection in school history.
TEXAS EARNS THREE ITA REGIONAL AWARDS
After receiving the ITA's regional Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship a year ago, Lancaster earned the Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship, which goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. A three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, Lancaster boasts a 25-8 overall singles record, including a 11-0 mark in Big 12 regular season dual matches.
Now in her fifth season as an assistant coach at Texas, Klaic helped UT to a No. 16 seed at the week's NCAA Championships. Klaic and head coach Patty Fendick-McCain led the Horns to a 19-5 overall record and a 10-1 record in Big 12 matches. Klaic and Fendick-McCain have led UT to the finals at the Big 12 Championships in each of their five seasons in Austin. The duo led Texas to the NCAA round of 16 in 2008.
ELLIS EARNS NCAA SINGLES BID
The 24th-ranked Ellis posted a 32-12 overall singles record during her freshman campaign, including a 13-6 mark in dual-match play at No. 1 singles. Ellis added a 7-3 mark in Big 12 regular-season competition.
Ellis won the 64-player singles draw at the ITA Texas Regional Championship last fall. She also competed in the other two national championship events on the college tennis schedule, the ITA All-American Championships and the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
The Big 12 Conference selected Ellis on April 13 as its women's tennis co-player of the week after she went undefeated in singles and doubles in the Horns' win over No. 5 Northwestern on April 10. Ellis shared the award with Texas A&M's Nazari Urbina. 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.
HORNS REACH BIG 12 FINALS FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON
The Longhorns earned the second seed at the Big 12 Championship and opened the event in Austin with a 4-1 win over Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals. UT followed with a 4-0 win over third-seeded Nebraska in the semifinals before falling to top-seeded Baylor in the title match, 4-0.
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
Texas moved into the ITA top-25 at No. 20 on April 13 on the strength of its 6-1 victory over then-No. 5 Northwestern on April 10. It marked UT's first victory over an ITA top-five opponent since February 2006, when the Horns knocked off Georgia Tech at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
LANCASTER MAINTAINS DOMINANCE OF BIG 12 FOES