Texas looks to keep its momentum going

Dalton Phillips

No. 16 Texas looks to keep its momentum going on Thursday after an eventful start to the season.

The Longhorns racked up 10 total wins at the Porsche Napa Valley Tennis Classic in St. Helena, California, and the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland last weekend. The weekend yielded strong collegiate debuts from Texas freshmen Yuya Ito and Christian Sigsgaard at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic.

Now, the Longhorns head to Lafayette, Louisiana to compete in their third fall tournament, the Cajun Tennis Classic. The eight-team event features six of the top-35 Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranked schools and will host 32 players for singles and 16 teams for doubles. 

Texas will be joined by some familiar faces at the event. No. 11 Texas Tech and No. 12 USC also participated last weekend in Midland and St. Helena, respectively. The Cajun Classic also features a bevy of talented teams including No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 23 Kentucky, No. 27 Ole Miss and No. 35 LSU.

The tournament comes just three days after Texas sophomore Colin Markes claimed first place in singles at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational, finishing the tournament with an undefeated record. The Longhorns claimed their second consecutive Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational title with the win.   

Markes will be joined in Lafayette by sophomore Harrison Scott, last year’s Invitational winner, as well as freshman Leonardo Telles and junior John Mee. 

Play begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday. Cox Sports Television and ESPN3 will televise the event’s finals from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday — the first time the event will be broadcast nationally since its return in 2014.