Horns open tournament against Sooners

Lauren Giudice

In their final three matches of the season, the 25th-ranked Longhorns had well fought matches against three of the top four seeds in the Big 12 Tournament. They have the ability to play with anyone.

“Our whole mindset this season has been to start strong, finish stronger,” said Big 12 second team member Kylie Doniak. “We’re ready for tournament, we’re ready to finish the season strong and go out with a championship.”

Texas will be playing OU in its first match of the Big 12 playoffs. Earlier this season, the Longhorns lost to them 2-1 in double overtime — a game UT should have won.

“One game at a time. We want a ring, we want a championship. We’re here to win, and I think we have a great chance to do so,” Doniak said.

Head coach Chris Petrucelli said the team needs to stay healthy and that the players have continued to improve throughout the season.

“We’re going in there with the thought of winning it,” Petrucelli said. “You go into a tournament to try to win the championship, so that is our mindset.”