Texas tops St. Edwards, prepares for final Lone Star Showdown


Elisabeth Dillon

Freshman Joey Swaysland and the No. 17 Longhorns had no trouble defeating St. Edward’s Wednesday evening at the Pennick-Allison Tennis Center.

Lauren Jette

In a tune-up match before they take on their biggest conference rival, the Longhorns posted eight wins on their way to a 6-1 victory over St. Edward’s.

Texas will return to the court Saturday to take on Texas A&M at home in the last matchup of the Lone Star Showdown.

Playing the Hilltoppers, who are ranked No. 15 in the Division II rankings, gave the Longhorns a chance to mix up some doubles pairings. Playing in the No. 1 spot was the No. 50 ranked duo of juniors Daniel Whitehead and Ben Chen. The two had a tight match against the team of Ned Boone and Eduardo Bencke. After Texas got the break at four all, St. Edward’s came back, down 6-5. Both teams would hold serve and force the match into a tiebreak, in which Texas jumped out to a 4-1 lead. The Hilltoppers came back to four all, and closed out the tie break, and the set 8-7, (7-5).

In the No. 2 doubles line, freshman Soren Hess-Olesen teamed up with fellow freshman Jacoby Lewis to blast through the Hilltopper team of Pedro Bronstrup and James Rogers, 8-2.

Clinching the doubles point for Texas at the No. 3 line was the pairing of freshman Joey Swaysland and junior Alex Hilliard who knocked out their opponent 8-4.

In singles, Texas got on the board early with a 6-0, 6-1 win from Hilliard. Following that point up was Chen, who handed his opponent a 6-0, 6-0 defeat. Putting up the clinching point for Texas was freshman Lloyd Glasspool, who returned to the courts after being sidelined by an injury, with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 3 singles line.

Swaysland added a 6-0, 6-3 win at the number five singles spot to the overall total to put Texas up 5-0.

The longest matches of the evening came from the top two singles players, who were both pushed to third sets. Whitehead won his first set 6-4 before dropping the second by the same score, forcing a tie break, which he prevailed in, 10-8, to give his team its sixth and final point of the evening.

Sophomore David Holiner closed out the evening in the No. 1 singles spot and was also forced into a third set tie break, but was unable to keep momentum going and lost 10-6, to give St. Edward’s its only point on the night.