Longhorns look to play in front of home crowd and earn a berth in the indoor championships

Lauren Jette

The Longhorns hope to show off for the home crowd while earning a berth in the International Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships this weekend. Texas is one of 15 college campuses hosting three other teams as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The winner of each tournament earns a spot to compete at the indoor championship.

As the number one seed, Texas will face Maryland in the first match on Saturday at 10 a.m., with the winner moving on to face the winner of Saturday’s afternoon match between Michigan and Texas Tech on Sunday. Texas is coming off two 5-2 victories in dual match play, with wins over SMU and Rice. The Longhorns swept all three doubles matches in both matchups and also scored singles victories from freshman Soren Hess-Olesen, junior Daniel Whitehead, sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram and newcomer Lloyd Glasspool, who posted his second straight dual match singles victory after joining the team at the beginning of the month.

Texas Tech boasts the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Champion Gonzalo Escobar at the number one singles spot, and returns all of its starters from last year, as does Maryland. Even though the Longhorns are led by No. 112 ranked Whitehead, they only return two players from the lineup from last season, meaning the lack of experience in the lineup could be a disadvantage for the young team.