WHAT: No. 25 Texas (14-10, 7-2 Big 12) has earned the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye at this week’s Big 12 Championship. The Longhorns open play in the quarterfinals against sixth-seeded host Oklahoma.
Big 12 Quarterfinals vs. Oklahoma
Friday, April 26 – 3 p.m. Central
Big 12 Semifinals
Saturday, April 27 – 3 p.m. CT
Big 12 Finals
Sunday, April 28 – 1 p.m. CT
WHERE: Headington Family Tennis Center – Norman, Okla.
Big 12 Championships Brackets
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BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
Texas has won eight Big 12 Championship tournaments and is the event’s defending champion. The Longhorns defeated host Texas A&M in the finals of the 2012 Big 12 Championships in College Station.
Texas has reached the finals at the Big 12 Championships a league-leading 15 times in the event’s 16-year history. UT head coach Patty Fendick-McCain has taken the Longhorns to the finals in each of her seven previous Big 12 Championships appearances.
LAST MEETING AGAINST OKLAHOMA: Texas defeated Oklahoma by a 6-1 count on March 15 in Austin.
I.T.A. SINGLES RANKINGS (TEXAS PLAYERS, AS OF APRIL 23)
33. Breaunna Addison
39. Aeriel Ellis
I.T.A. DOUBLES RANKINGS (TEXAS PLAYERS, AS OF APRIL 23)
18. Breaunna Addison/Noel Scott
ELLIS UNTOUCHABLE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
Two-time senior All-American Aeriel Ellis capped a perfect 9-0 mark in conference play with a pair of wins last weekend at Baylor and TCU. In fact, the Californian did not lose any of the 17 sets she played in conference matches this season.
Ellis heads to the Big 12 Championships with a nine-match winning streak that commenced March 24 with a win over West Virginia’s Audrey Wooland. Ellis totaled a 16-6 regular season singles record that featured a win over Georgia’s sixth-ranked Lauren Herring at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
Ellis recorded the 100th singles victory of her Texas career on Senior Day against Boston University.
ADDISON, BEGLEY WIN BIG 12 INDIVIDUAL TITLES
The Big 12 Conference announced Texas freshman Breaunna Addison and junior Elizabeth Begley as the league champions of their respective singles positions Tuesday afternoon (April 23). Addison won the Big 12 title at No. 2 singles, while Begley, now a two-time individual Big 12 champion, took home the league title at No. 4 singles.
Addison, a first-semester freshman from Boca Raton, Fla., enters the postseason with a 21-6 overall singles record, including an 18-6 mark in dual matches. Addison wins the league title at No. 2 singles by way of her 8-1 league record, which includes a 5-0 mark at No. 2 singles. Ranked No. 33 nationally in women’s singles, Addison boasts six wins over ITA top-100 opponents this season.
Begley brings a 26-14 overall singles record and a 17-7 dual-match mark into the postseason. The Houston native wins the league title at No. 4 singles by way of her 8-1 league record, which includes a 5-0 mark at No. 4 singles and a 3-1 mark at the third slot. Begley won the Big 12 title a year ago at No. 6 singles.
MORE ON THE 2013 LONGHORNS
Texas returned six student-athletes from the 2011-12 squad that landed at No. 10 in the final ITA team poll, advanced to the NCAA Championship’s round of 16 and won the Big 12 Championship.
Senior Aeriel Ellis earned her second consecutive ITA singles All-America selection last season and has qualified for 10 of 11 national championship events contested in her time as a Longhorn. The Californian has advanced to the singles round of 16 at the last two NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Lina Padegimaite posted a 22-5 overall singles record and was selected as the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year last season. The native of Lithuania cruised to a 9-0 mark last season in conference play. Padegimaite added 12 dual-match wins this season.
Junior Elizabeth Begley posted an impressive 34-7 overall singles record last season, which included a 21-2 dual-match record and a 9-0 mark in conference play. Begley was selected as the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2012 Big 12 Championships.
Sophomore Noel Scott knocked off several highly-ranked opponents in dual-match play last season and notched 16 singles victories as a freshman. Scott brought a No. 79 singles ranking into the spring season, and she notched a pair of impressive wins at the Miami Spring Invite.
UT also returns sophomore Annat Rabinovich and junior Juliana Gajic. Rabinovich has been a regular doubles contributor in dual matches this season.