Longhorns look to build on early success on the courts against Rice Owls

Lauren Jette

The Longhorns return to the courts tomorrow, looking to continue building on success in recent matches.

No. 19 ranked Texas (1-0) will travel to Houston to take the No. 39 ranked Rice Owls (2-0) at 6 p.m. The teams will battle it out at the Met Club in downtown Houston.

Led by junior Daniel Whitehead, ranked no. 112, the Longhorns are coming off of a 5-2 victory over SMU earlier this week, while the Owls kicked their season off with a double-header against Lamar University and Prairie View A&M last Saturday in Houston. The Owls came away with both 7-0 victories.

When these teams met in Austin last April, Texas walked away with a 6-1 win over the Owls. Current players that saw action in that meeting included junior Chris Camillone, who teamed up with Whitehead to post a victory in doubles, and junior Ben Chen, who posted a singles victory, as did Whitehead.

This season marks the final year for Rice’s head coach Ron Smarr, who is the college tennis leader with 857 wins over his 41 seasons as a head coach.

Texas returns home next weekend to host Maryland in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Kick-Off Weekend