Tennis, softball, golf teams all keep rolling with NCAA postseason play
After another successful weekend, a school-record 16 of Baylor’s 19 varsity sports have earned postseason appearances. (The final three — baseball and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field — are all on pace to complete the perfect season for Baylor athletics.)
* Baylor men’s tennis upset No. 9 Mississippi State on their own turf to advance to the Sweet 16 for the 11th year in a row. Head coach Matt Knoll’s Bears, ranked 25th nationally, will face No. 8 Duke in the Elite Eight on Friday at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
* Holding serve, Baylor women’s tennis matched the men by taking care of business at home and sweeping the first and second rounds in Waco. Head coach Joey Scrivano’s Lady Bears, ranked 13th nationally, are into the Round of 16 for the eighth straight year and will next face No. 5 USC on Thursday in Athens.
* Baylor softball, meanwhile, will begin its run at back-to-back College World Series this weekend in Lafayette, La. Despite losing All-American ace pitcher Whitney Canion to a season-ending knee injury nearly three months ago, head coach Glenn Moore’s Lady Bears have held onto their top-25 ranking and enter the NCAA tournament ranked 23rd.
* First-year head coach Jay Goble has the Baylor women’s golf team headed to the NCAA Championships for just the second time in school history after finishing fifth at the NCAA West Regional last week. Baylor men’s golf, led by head coach Greg Priest, are headed to Ann Arbor, Mich., for their 15th straight postseason appearance later this week.
The Year of the Bear just keeps rolling on!
Sic ’em, Bears!