Team faces steep challenge in Illinois, looks to impress

Chris Medina

The Longhorns travel to Illinois this weekend to face off against Northwestern University and the University of Illinois.

They look to sustain momentum they garnered at home, as they defeated both of their last two opponents, South Florida and Arizona State in Austin.

At No. 24, Texas (4-3) is slowly gaining recognition by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. They have been on a roll since their 6-1 loss to Southern California in early February.

However, this weekend will be a sufficient test for the squad as they are facing a Northwestern team ranked No. 9 in the country. In the previous meeting on April 10, 2010, the Longhorns topped Northwestern, ranked No.5 at the time, 6-1.

The Longhorns beat Illinois 7-0 their last time out in March 2007.

Aeriel Ellis (16) is the top-ranked singles player in the event, followed by Maria Mosolova of Northwestern (25).

Northwestern claims the top-ranked doubles team, with Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton at No. 8, followed by Illinois’s Rachael White and Allison Falkin at No. 9.