Longhorns claims win at home, earn berth in ITA Team Indoors

Chris Caraveo

Damp and windy conditions throughout the weekend did not slow down the Longhorns as they earned a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships next month.

Due to these weather conditions Saturday, the Longhorns’ match against Wichita State was postponed over four hours.

When the match resumed, Texas came out strong. 

In doubles, Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott teamed up to claim an 8-6 win after a 7-4 lead turned to 7-6. Lina Padegimaite and Annat Rabinovich won in an 8-7 (7-2) tiebreaker. The two wins gave the Longhorns the doubles point.

Wichita State made the decision to play only five singles players, so the No. 6 matches were defaulted giving the Longhorns a 2-0 lead.

Addison and Elizabeth Begley clinched their matches for the Longhorns at No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.

Sunday brought even windier conditions, but the Longhorns held strong against Utah.

Despite losing the doubles point, singles play was all Longhorns. Begley earned a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles while Padegimaite took No. 5 singles with a 6-3, 6-0 win to give the Horns a 2-1 advantage.

Addison held off a charge in the second set to win her match. Scott followed a few minutes after with a 6-4, 6-2 win after trailing 1-4 in the first set, winning the match for the Longhorns 4-1.

“I thought everyone came back really nicely after losing the doubles point,” Begley said. “Every one of us was focused on getting a singles point after the doubles.”

The win over Utah sends the Longhorns to the University of Virginia on Feb. 8 for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.