Women’s tennis kicks off spring season in Miami

Chris Caraveo

After a month away from the courts, the Longhorns take their talents to South Beach for this weekend’s Miami Invitational.

In the fall season junior Elizabeth Begley, sophomore Noel Scott and sophomore Annat Rabinovich each made one finals appearance in singles competition but failed to capitalize on their opportunities.

“A goal for myself is to get ranked individually, and for the team we want to be defending champions of the Big 12 conference like we were last year,” Begley said at the tennis preseason banquet.

The start of the spring season also means the final season for senior Aerial Ellis. The two-time All-American looks to make her fourth appearance in the NCAA Championships and cap off an impressive career at Texas. 

“For myself I just want to win,” Ellis said at the banquet. “There is no other way to put it.”

The team expanded over the break as they brought in Lana Groenvynck of Belgium on an athletic scholarship and Breaunna Addison of Lake Worth, Fla., who signed a letter of intent last year. Both will get their first taste of collegiate tennis this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to playing, but I’m also looking forward to seeing our freshmen play,” Begley said. “It’s good to get the tournaments started now and get that competitiveness to come out.”

The Miami Invitational starts Friday and concludes Sunday.