Longhorn women fall at ITA Texas Regional

Abhishek Mukund

Former Longhorn Breaunna Addison set a precedent for Texas with a win at the ITA Texas Regional event last year. But Texas was unable to build on that victory, falling at Baylor’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco this past weekend.

No. 82 senior Neda Koprcina lost in the event finals to Baylor’s No. 54 Blair Shankle in straight sets. However, Koprcina finished the event with five singles wins, including two over ranked opponents. Head coach Howard Joffe said he was proud of Koprcina regardless of the outcome.

“The combination of Neda being a little overawed by being in her first big final, mixed with Blair’s amazing tennis, made today a lopsided affair,” Joffe said. “I am nonetheless super proud of Neda. This was an excellent tournament for her and will stand her in good stead for the more important moments that lie ahead this spring.”

The remainder of the team had a strong showing, but failed to advance deep into the tournament. In singles, No. 113 junior Dani Wagland fell in the round of 16 with a loss to Texas Tech’s No. 56 Gabriela Talaba. Freshman Petra Granic also fell in the round of 16 with a loss to Shankle. In doubles, the tandem of Granic and Wagland lost to Texas A&M’s Rutuja Bhosale and Rachel Pierson, 8–5.

Texas continues fall tournament play with a trip to the Sun Devil Invitational in Tempe, Arizona from Nov. 4 through Nov. 6.