• No. 24 Texas tops No. 5 Wake Forest 3-4

    The Longhorns looked down and out.

    No. 5 Wake Forest had won three-straight matches to take a 3-1 lead in the contest and seemed poised to keep Texas’ road losing streak alive.

    But then junior George Goldhoff won his match in a third-set tiebreak. So did sophomore Adrian Ortiz. And then, with the match on the line, freshman Rodrigo Banzer scored a third-set win to give the No. 26 Longhorns the 4-3 win Saturday afternoon.

    “It was an amazing effort to win this match,” said 16th-year head coach Michael Center.  “Wake Forest is a legitimate national title-contending team.  It just takes a lot of resiliency and competitiveness to do that.  We hung around and hung around and got the job done in the end.  It was just a great team effort.”

    The Longhorns’ come back began almost right away. Ortiz and senior Michael Riechmann dropped their doubles match;however, Texas overcame that with two wins in the other doubles competitions to take the early 1-0 lead.

    But Wake Forest would rally to start the singles contests. Riechmann and freshmen Julian Zlobinsky fell in straight sets while freshman Harrison Scott fell in three, giving the Demon Deacons a 3-1 lead.

    That’s when the tide turned to Texas’ favor. Center said he’s happy with how the team never gave up even after falling behind.

    “It was just one of those days where we were fighting and competing, and in the end we looked up and saw, ‘Wow, we’ve got it.,’ Center said.

    Texas heads to Corpus Christi next weekend to compete in the H-E-B Tournament of Champions.

  • Longhorns end the weekend in Alabama with a win

    The Longhorns downed Princeton 4-2 at the Blue Gray Classic in Alabama to snap a three-match losing streak.

    Texas gained the doubles point after Breaunna Addison and Dani Wagland defeated Princeton senior Amanda Muliawan and freshman Nicole Kalhorn 6-2. Texas senior Lana Groenvynk and freshman Katie Poluta finished a tough 7-6 match against Princeton’s Dorothy Tang and Amber Park.

    “The ladies showed a lot of poise when the match was on the line in singles,” UT first year head coach Howard Joffe said.

    Princeton won singles matches at the fourth and sixth positions, but the Longhorns sealed the deal with victories at the second, third and fifth positions.

    Sophomore Wagland beat Princeton’s Nicole Kalhorn 6-4, 6-1 and Texas junior Neda Koprcina finished off Tiger Katrine Steffensen 7-6, 6-1.

    Poluta added a win over Princeton’s Emily Hahn at fifth singles to carry the Longhorns to 4-2.

    “I know out ladies are looking forward to getting back to Austin and playing some home matches,” Joffe said.

    Texas hosts Michigan at home next weekend, March 5 at Whitaker Tennis Courts.

  • Men's track and field has strong first day at Big 12 Indoor Championships

    A slow day for the Longhorns suddenly became a huge success Friday night at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa.

    The Longhorns got going late in the night, boosting them into third place going into day two of the competition Saturday. Oklahoma State leads the conference tournament with 37 points, followed by Kansas State with 35 points and Texas with 34.5 points.

    The Longhorns were thrust into good position following their success in the weight throw and pole vault events.

    Sophomore Alan Zapalac finished second in the weight throw with a toss of 20.40m.

    The Longhorns particularly shined in the pole vault. Texas senior Reese Watson won the event, while redshirt freshman Barret Poth finished third.

    To cap off the night, Texas finished third in the distance medley behind Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

    Highlighting one of many finals tomorrow is freshman football wide receiver John Burt, who qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 60m hurdles.

  • Longhorns travel to Alabama for Blue Gray Classic

    The Longhorns will hit the road again this weekend for the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Alabama, after a brief few days back in Austin.

    In attendance along with Texas will be Alabama, Auburn, Big 12 opponent Oklahoma State, Pepperdine and Princeton.

    No. 58 Texas will open the weekend against the No. 10 Pepperdine Waves.

    The Waves are bringing along their top player, 4th in ITA rankings, freshman Luisa Stefani. Stefani has been ranked as high as No. 10 in the ITF junior world ranking and was one of the top-ranked recruits in the world before committing to Pepperdine. 

    Texas’ own top-10 ranked senior Breaunna Addison will be looking to keep up her singles winning streak. Addison is currently sitting with eight straight wins Breaunna Addison eight straight wins under her belt and is ninth in the ITA rankings. 

    To beat the Pepperdine squad, Texas will need to break their two-week losing streak and get their first win on the road.

    “The 4-3 result is emblematic of the direction this team is taking,” first-year head coach Howard Joffe said about last week’s loss to Duke. 

    The winner of the first match will move on to play either No. 28 Alabama, who has won the tournament the last two years, or unranked Princeton.

    Longhorn play begins at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

  • No. 24 Texas takes on Wake Forest

    No. 26 Texas travels to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this weekend to take on Wake Forest and close out February in dual match play. The Longhorns improved to a 6-5 record after shutting out Rice University last weekend, 4-0.

    Three doubles matches and six singles matches will be played in regular dual-match style. Junior George Goldhoff and redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky have been strong in doubles play with a 6-4 record. In singles, Zlobinsky also has 7-1 record and is one of six new additions to the roster this season.

    Senior Michael Riechmann and sophomore Adrian Ortiz have been edging out opponents this season and hold a 7-3 record for doubles dual-match play. In singles, Ortiz is off to a strong start with a 5-3 record including wins over a pair of ranked opponents. Ortiz knocked off Washington’s No. 121 Jake Douglas and UCSB’s No. 81 Nicolas Moreno earlier this season when Texas traveled to Seattle.  

    Match play against the Demon Deacon’s begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday.