Longhorns fall to rival Oklahoma in Big 12 championships

Nitya Duran

The Longhorns traveled to Norman, Okla. for the Big 12 Championships this past weekend, where they suffered a crushing defeat in the semifinal round against No.14 ranked Oklahoma.

Texas began the conference tournament on Friday, pummeling Oklahoma State (4-0). The doubles point was not played due to inclement weather, and would not be played unless a 3-3 singles tie was the result. The Longhorns didn’t even let it get close. Nick Naumann, Daniel Whitehead, Soren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool all got the win in their singles matches, clinching the match for Texas.

Texas looked primed to give Oklahoma a tough run in the semifinals after losing to them in regular season conference play (5-2) on April 5. Everything seemed to be going in the Longhorns’ favor when they won the doubles point, a point which Texas has not lost this season in any of its victories. But the Sooners had other plans. Oklahoma took their 1-0 deficit as it transitioned to singles match play and became resilient, clinching the 4-1 victory in the No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 spots.

Texas now waits to hear the seedings for the NCAA Championships seeding on Tuesday.