Texas takes on No. 9 TCU in season finale

Justin Martinez

It’s been a tale of two teams for No. 7 Texas this season — one that thrives at home and one that struggles on the road.

But the Longhorns (19–6) hope to change their luck on Saturday as they head to Fort Worth for their final game of the regular season against No. 9 TCU at 1 p.m.

Texas secured a much-needed win on April 15, defeating No. 45 Texas Tech 4-1 to snap a two-game losing streak. The Longhorns looked like the better team from the start, claiming the doubles point and winning three of the first four singles matches.

Sophomore Harrison Scott secured the victory in his second-straight game at the No. 1 spot, defeating Texas Tech’s Jolan Cailleau, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

“I was really happy to see Harrison play well,” senior George Goldhoff said. “He pulled out a tough win in the third set after going down quick in the second, so that’ll be a good confidence boost for him before we take on TCU.”

The Longhorns need all the momentum they can gather as they prepare to face a red-hot TCU team. The Horned Frogs are on an 11-game winning streak that includes wins over No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 11 California.

Leaving Fort Worth with a win is no easy task. TCU holds a 7–2 home record, thanks in part to the stellar play of No. 2 Cameron Norrie.

“Norrie is definitely one of the best players in the country,” head coach Michael Center said. “I told my guys that this is a 50/50 game, so we’ll get to go out there and really see where we’re at.”

With a conference record of 2–2, the Longhorns are looking to end their regular season with a standout win against the last undefeated team in Big 12 conference play (4–0).

“Beating TCU would be huge,” Goldhoff said. “Every win in the Big 12 is crucial for the standings, and there’s still a chance for us to share a title if we win, so there’s always something to play hard for. Every match matters.”