Longhorns struggle in ITA Kickoff Weekend

Alana Kaufman

All eyes at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center were focused on court three on Sunday morning.

The battle between Texas and Ole Miss in the second day of the ITA Kickoff Weekend stood at three points apiece. The match between Texas freshman Harrison Scott and Ole Miss sophomore Gustav Hansson would decide
the victor.

Scott fell behind early, dropping the first set 4-6. But a 6-2 second set win by Scott forced a deciding third set —  however, Scott couldn’t quite complete the comeback, losing the set 4-6, as the Longhorns walked off the court 0-2 in this weekend’s action. 

Texas struggled in its first match of the weekend against Florida. The Longhorns dropped the doubles point to start the day Saturday and never recovered. Sophomore John Mee, junior George Goldhoff and Scott each dropped their matches in straight sets to give Florida the 4-0 win, pushing the Longhorns to the consolation bracket.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we don’t have time to hang our heads,” head coach Michael Center said after the match. “I give Florida credit, they did a nice job.”

The Longhorns came out with more fight Sunday against Ole Miss. Senior Michael Riechmann and sophomore Adrian Ortiz won the first doubles match of the day, but Texas dropped the other two doubles matches to begin the day in a 0-1 hole.

The Longhorns fought back in singles play, winning three of the first five matches to finish and forcing the contest to come down to the final match. Scott, however, had his serve broken first and never was able to recover, dropping the final set to seal the winless weekend.

The Longhorns return to action Thursday against SMU. While this weekend ended tough, Center said there’s a lot they can take into that midweek match.

“I think these guys are learning the resiliency we need to have and I thought we definitely improved since yesterday to today,” Center said after Sunday’s match.