While the men’s side of the Big 12 men’s tennis championships feature an all-Texas line-up, the women’s side features several local schools still in the hunt. Despite going winless in the Big 12 conference season, the Kansas Jayhawks are still competing. Missouri and Kansas State have the best chance though. The Big 12’s Wendell Barnhouse recently posted some team previews of today’s action.
For Missouri, Barnhouse says the Tigers hope to turn things around after going 2-7 in Big 12 play.
The 49th-ranked Tigers enter the Big 12 Championship with a 10-11 overall record and a 2-7 mark in conference play. The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Nina Pantic and Jamie Mera are ranked No. 83, after posting an impressive 4-5 mark in Big 12 play this season, including wins over Texas and Oklahoma State. Playing at No. 2 and 3 singles, junior Maria Christensen enters the Championship 3-1 in her last four matches and 6-2 in her last eight.
As for Kansas State, the Wildcats receive their highest seeding to date in 2012:
The sixth-seeded Wildcats will face Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships. This is highest seed for the Wildcats in the Big 12 Championships since the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Kansas State has been led this season by the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Petra Niedermayerova along with juniors Karla Bonacic and Carmen Borau Ramos.
The tournament takes place at Texas A&M this year.