Women’s tennis suffers first loss to Houston in program history

Reanna Zuniga

For the first time in program history, Houston bested Texas, 6–1, over the weekend.

The teams split the first two doubles matches as Texas freshman Dani Wagland and sophomore Ratnika Batra defeated sophomore Despoina Vogasari and senior Elena Kordolaimi, 6–2. Houston sophomore Tina Rupert and junior Maria Cardenas dropped Texas’ junior Lana Groenvynck and sophomore Neda Koprcina, 6–5.

The Longhorns only had five healthy players for the match and did not have a third doubles team, so the Cougars took the doubles point by default.

In singles, Houston took a swift lead, taking victories over Wagland and senior Lina Padegimaite.

Batra was the only Longhorn able to take a singles win. She defeated Rupert in third singles, 6–2, 6–2.

In the last match of the day, Koprcina pushed back against No. 34 Vogasari, Texas Regional Champion — but lost in the end, 1–6, 6–4, 6–2.

The Longhorns continued their slump, but look to turn it around next weekend when they play Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament openers.