Women’s tennis falls to Pepperdine in Round of 16

Akshay Mirchandani

The Longhorn women’s tennis team’s season came to an end on Thursday with a 4-0 loss to Pepperdine in the NCAA Round of 16 Tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

It’s also the end of head coach Howard Joffe’s first year at UT. He guided the Longhorns to their first Round of 16 appearance since 2012.

“This is a group who has exacted the most of the ability of the players we had,” Joffe said. “On that basis, sure, we're disappointed at the loss, but we're not disappointed in how much we've managed to squeeze and exact out of this group. We're nothing but prideful.”

The match was supposed to be held at the University of Tulsa, but inclement weather moved it to Oklahoma State’s Greenwood Tennis Center.

Pepperdine secured the doubles point, and notched three wins in singles to close out Texas. The last came when Pepperdine’s Lauren Gulbe defeated Texas junior Neda Koprcina.

This was also the final match for seniors Breaunna Addison and Lana Groenvynck.

“Looking to next year and the future in Austin, that will help us out down the line if we're in this next year and the year after,” Joffe said. “It's good to squeeze out a little value in the defeat, getting some experience for a group who hadn't done this before. I'm just very proud of this team.”