Tower Shines for Two Big 12 Titles
The UT Tower will be drenched in burnt orange lighting Monday, May 7 in recognition of The University of Texas men’s and women’s tennis teams’ recent Big 12 titles.
Under third-year head coach Howard Joffe, the fifth-ranked Texas women went 9-0 in conference play to secure their first outright Big 12 regular season championship since 2004. The Longhorns cemented their standing as the league’s premier team when they won the conference tournament last Sunday (April 29) at Texas Tennis Center.
Under 18th-year head coach Michael Center, the 12th-ranked Texas men defeated No. 14 Oklahoma and No. 18 Baylor last weekend to nail down their first Big 12 tournament title since 2010.
The Longhorns women hold a No. 6 national seed while the Texas men are seeded 11th nationally heading into the NCAA Championships. Both programs host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships May 11-12 at Texas Tennis Center.
The only Power Five school to win its men’s and women’s conference tournaments, Texas is one of just five schools to host men’s and women’s NCAA tournament action next weekend.