Women’s tennis start slow in Miami

Chris Caraveo

The Longhorns took 12 matches to tiebreak decisions, but experienced few victories at the Miami Spring Invite.

Over the course of the three-day event, the team won six of the 30 matches it competed in. Half of those wins came Friday, as sophomore Breaunna Addison, senior Elizabeth Begley and freshman Ratnika Batra won their singles matches against Memphis.

Six of the Longhorns’ seven singles matches against No. 9 Miami on Saturday went to three sets.

After sweeping Memphis’ Alyssa Hibberd on Day 1, No. 22 Addison lost in three sets to No. 64 Kelsey Laurente the next day.

First semester freshman Neda Koprcina helped pick up two of Texas’ six wins. She defeated Clementina Riobueno in a third-set tiebreaker 10-8 for her first collegiate victory.

Then, on Sunday, Koprcina teamed up with Begley and won in doubles against a Memphis duo. It was the Longhorns’ lone win Sunday and second doubles victory at the invitational.

The meet offered Texas a look at No. 16 Vanderbilt, whom they will face at home in February. The Longhorns struggled victory-wise as the Commodores swept all 10 matches.

Texas begins the dual-match season with 10 straight non-conference home matches. Their first opponent will be UT-San Antonio on Wednesday.