Longhorns battle Baylor for Big 12 supremacy

Michael Shapiro

Following back-to-back sweeps against out-of-conference opponents , No. 10 men’s tennis will square off against No. 2 Baylor at the Caswell Tennis Center in Austin on Wednesday. Both teams are currently 2–1 in the conference and trail No. 1 Oklahoma by one match in the Big 12 standings. 

Wednesday’s match will feature two of the preeminent tennis players in the nation as No. 5 Søren Hess-Olesen will take the court for Texas against Baylor’s No. 2 Julian Lenz. Lenz, a junior from Giessen, Germany, won four of his previous five matches before falling to Oklahoma’s Axel Alvarez on Friday with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents. 

Texas’ contest against Baylor will carry extra weight for Hess-Olesen. The match will provide him an opportunity to secure his 100th victory at the singles position as a Longhorn. Hess-Olesen, who is looking to become the ninth player in the Longhorns’ history to reach 100 singles victories, has been stuck at 99 wins since his victory over Texas Tech on April 4. 

With two matches left before the Big 12 Championships on April 24, Texas will look to secure its position near the top of the conference standings.