Longhorns fall short on the road against Duke

Aspen Detrick

The Longhorns fell short once again of grabbing their first true road win, falling at Duke 4-3 on Sunday. 

The Blue Devils pulled ahead early, grabbing the doubles point with two wins at the first and third positions. Duke added to its lead, taking the fourth and second singles position victories to up its advantage to 3-0. 

No. 8 senior Breaunna Addison remained unbeaten in 2016 after getting Texas on the board by defeating 24th-ranked Beatrice Capra. The win is Addison’s fourth victory over a top-25 opponent this season, and her 10th win over an ITA-ranked foe. 

She improved to 21-2 overall and continues to be the Longhorns’ best player, despite the team’s two-match losing streak. 

Freshman Katie Poluta also contributed to Texas’ points, holding off Duke’s No. 68 ranked Ellyse Hamlin in a three-game win at the fifth singles position. The victory marked Poluta’s first victory over a ranked opponent. 

Junior Neda Koprcina also put away a three-set win against Duke’s Chalena Scholl, adding the third point to Texas’ score. 

Duke clinched its victory with a win at sixth singles.  

Texas has a chance at the elusive true road win when they go on the road next weekend to Montgomery, Alabama, for the annual Blue-Gray Tennis Classic.