Top-seeded Texas took the doubles point and then three singles victories to beat Texas Tech 4-1 in the finals of the Big 12 Championships on Sunday at the Texas Tennis Center.
UT (22-4) swept the conference’s regular season and tournament titles for the first time since 2002 and won the tournament for the first time since 2013.
“There’s just an overwhelming sense of satisfaction with winning the conference and at another level with winning the conference tournament,” Texas coach Howard Joffe said. “The idea that Texas’ tennis program can help put the ‘T’ back in Texas – it does feel like a great accomplishment.
“With respect to the season, it’s a long and onerous thing. There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears, to use a cliché,” he said. “Back in February we took it on the chin in four out of five matches. This is a very young team. They were resilient. They kept working, and 15 or 16 matches later, they’re the champions of the Big 12 Conference. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
UT sophomores Petra Granic and Anna Turati shared most outstanding player honors.
Turati and her twin sister, Bianca, won their doubles match 6-0 over Alex Valenstein and Katelyn Jackson. Texas’ Marta Perez-Mur and Dani Wagland beat Felicity Maltby and Gabriela Talaba 6-2. That gave UT an insurmountable edge in doubles, prompting suspension of the match in which Granic and Bojana Markovic were leading Sabrina Federici and Sarah Dvorak 3-2.
Perez-Mur lost to Dvorak 6-4, 6-1, but Bianca Turati defeated Talaba 6-4, 6-3, Anna Turati topped Valenstein 6-2, 6-4, and Granic beat Maltby 7-5, 6-2 to secure the team’s victory. Markovic and Wagland were leading their matches when they were suspended.
Texas is likely to host first- and second-round NCAA Championship matches May 11-12. The tournament field will be announced Tuesday.
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