Two tournaments keeping team busy this weekend

Kathryn Thiel

Starting today the Longhorns begin the Cougar Fall Draw in Houston. Meanwhile, junior Aeriel Ellis traveled to New York for the Nov. 3 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship after qualifying in the ITA regional tournament.

Four Texas players, including freshmen Lina Padegimaite and Alex Martin, as well as sophomores Juliana Gajic and Elizabeth Begley will be competing in Houston this weekend. Gajic, Begley and Martin will try to build off their doubles success in Fort Worth, while Padegimaite enters the Cougar Fall Draw hoping to post her first win of the season.

The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship marks Ellis’ eighth consecutive national championship event in which she has qualified and competed. Thursday afternoon, Ellis dropped the first set to Duke’s Beatrice Capra 6-3 but was able to bounce back and win straight sets (6-4, 6-2). Ellis will face Miami’s Anna Bartenstein today in the round of 16.

Published on November 4, 2011 as: Ellis advances to next round