Women’s Tennis to kick off spring season in Nashville

Reanna Zuniga

For the first time in three years, No. 22 Texas women’s tennis will play in Nashville, Tennessee — this time, to face off against opponents in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. 

Texas has hosted the Kick-Off Weekend the past two years, but the Longhorns will not have the home-court advantage as they play No. 46 DePaul to start the spring season. 

Fifteen venues around the nation are hosting the four-team women’s tournament, and each venue will adhere to the standard dual match elimination system.

The Longhorns will play the Blue Demons on Saturday at 2 p.m. before facing off against either Harvard or Vanderbilt the next day.

The lineup for this weekend is led by a single upperclassman: junior Breaunna Addison, a two-time All-American and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year. Addison is in the singles lineup alongside three sophomores – Ratnika Batra, Pippa Horn and Neda Koprcina – and two freshmen – Ryann Foster and Danielle Wagland. 

Last week, the Longhorns debuted two new coaches in the Miami Spring Invite. Head coach Danielle McNamara took over the program last fall and hired former UCLA All-American Courtney Dolehide as assistant coach. On the last day of the Invite, Texas landed five wins, including singles victories from Wagland, Foster and Horn. 

The championship match between the two winning teams from Saturday will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. The winner of that game will qualify to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship next month at the University of Virginia.