Weekend previews

Men's Tennis

Seniors All-Americans Søren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool easily advanced to the next round of the main singles draw at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as neither dropped more than three games in any set of their matches Thursday.

The duo, ranked No. 4 in ITA preseason rankings, lost in the first round of the main doubles draw to redshirt freshman Paul Oosterbaan and junior Ben Wagland of Georgia 6-1, 4-6, 1-0(3).

Senior Adrien Berkowicz started off strong, picking up three wins to advance out of the qualifying draw and into the main singles draw. But Thursday, in the round of 64, his run came to and end with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Oklahoma’s Axel Alvarez Llamas.

Berkowicz’s only other loss came in the first round of qualifying doubles after he and sophomore George Goldhoff fell to North Carolina’s sophomore duo of Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider 6-1, 6-4.

Goldhoff won his opening round in the qualifying singles draw but was unable to advance to the round of 32 after falling to No. 98 junior Dominik Koepfer of Tulane 7-6(5), 6-3.

Goldhoff, as well as juniors Nick Naumann and Michael Riechmann, finished the tournament with a 1-1 singles record.

No. 5 Hess-Olesen and No. 31 Glasspool will resume singles play Friday.

Women's Soccer

The women’s soccer team has faced ranked opponents in three of its last four games and will receive a well-deserved respite with a road contest against an unranked Iowa State team Friday at 7 p.m. The Cyclones are 6-6-0 on the season and have already dropped their first two conference games against Baylor and Oklahoma State.

Although Texas has slowed down since going undefeated through its first six games, Iowa State should be an easier match for the Longhorns compared to the national elites they’ve drawn recently.

Texas (6-4-2) began conference play by facing the two toughest teams in the Big 12. The Longhorns split last weekend’s conference home stand with an overtime win against then-No. 6 Texas Tech and a 2-0 loss to then-No. 17 West Virginia.

Freshman forward Olivia Brook has been the team’s leading goal scorer despite coming off the bench, but the starting attackers need to make an impact early in games if Texas is to succeed in conference play.

Head coach Angela Kelly expressed concern about the team’s execution in last weekend’s shutout loss to the Mountaineers.

“I’m disappointed in our decision making — we need to be more eager to receive the ball,” Kelly said. “We understand our decision making, and we understand that you don’t pick or choose when you show up. This is conference time, and you need to show up every game.”

Women's Tennis

Two-time All-American junior Breaunna Addison began the main singles draw Thursday afternoon, dropping the first round in a three-set match to Duke’s Ester Goldfeld in a tiebreaker, at the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, California. But Addison rallied off two straight games, winning the final one in dominating fashion and completing a come-from-behind victory (6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1) to stay alive. Addison will need to defeat five more opponents to take home the title.

The doubles side of the bracket didn’t turn out as well for the Longhorns, as freshmen Ryann Foster and Danielle Wagland fell Wednesday afternoon in straight sets (5-7, 3-6) to Stanford’s Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay. 

Foster and Wagland won three pre-qualifying matches to obtain a berth in the qualifying rounds but, ultimately, fell two wins shy of the main doubles draw.

Addison will continue Friday afternoon in the round of sixteen against Brooke Austin of Florida.