• No. 35 Longhorns get first Big 12 win against Kansas State 4-0

    While students were on spring break, the Longhorns had a successful week of action. Texas went 2–1, beating both Princeton and Kansas State but falling to Kansas. 

    The win against Princeton kept Texas undefeated at home, and it tacked on its first victory in enemy territory in Manhattan, Kansas on Sunday afternoon. 

    The Longhorns’ No. 13 doubles tandem of senior Breaunna Addison and sophomore Dani Wagland beat K-State freshmen Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton 6-4. The other Longhorn duo of senior Lana Groenvynck and freshman Katie Poluta pulled out a win over juniors Maria Panaite and Palma Juhasz 6-1 to sweep the doubles point for Texas. 

    “Bree, Neda [Koprcina] and Dani were characteristically ferocious in closing out our first Big 12 win,” head coach Howard Joffe said.

    Wagland gained the Longhorns’ second point at third singles over Stretton with No. 8 Addison and junior Koprcina following suit to carry Texas to the 4-0 sweep. 

    The remaining courts were suspended due to rain. 

    Texas returns home to face No. 36 Northwestern on March 28 at Whitaker Courts.

  • Longhorns easily down Penn with 5-2 win

    Sophomore Dani Wagland hits the ball in the team’s win over No. 4 Michigan on March 5. Texas beat Pennsylvania Thursday.
    Sophomore Dani Wagland hits the ball in the team’s win over No. 4 Michigan on March 5. Texas beat Pennsylvania Thursday.

    Texas took down No. 70 Pennsylvania 5-2 on Thursday after weather forced the match to be moved from Whitaker Courts to the Weller Indoor Tennis Center.

    “We knew going into this it was going to be a bit of a dogfight today,” head coach Howard Joffe said.

    Texas’ No. 13 doubles tandem senior Breaunna Addison and sophomore Dani Wagland beat Penn’s Sonya Latycheva and Kana Daniel at first position 6-4, and the Longhorn duo of junior Neda Koprcina and freshman Daniella Roldan pulled out a 7-5 win over Ria Vaidya and Marta Kowalska at second position to grab the doubles point.

    Wagland started singles off defeating Latycheva in two 6-2 sets and was followed by Koprcina who took Penn’s Vaidya to a tiebreaker and came out victorious.

    Freshman Katie Poluta helped clinch Texas’ early 4-2 triumph over Penn with her three-set win against Quaker Lina Qostal.

    8th-ranked Addison still remained at the first singles spot where she battled Penn’s Daniel in three games, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4 where she held serve and held on to carry the Longhorns to a 5-2 final win.

    Despite the win, Joffe wasn’t happy with the way his team played.

    “There’s no question that our group is a bit depleted,” he said. “We are 10 days away from starting conference play. Certainly, we’ll need to perform better”.

    Texas resumes play with a home game Tuesday at noon against Princeton. The Longhorns finish off spring break with two away matches at Kansas on Friday and Kansas State on Sunday.

  • Texas take on San Diego

    The Longhorns will travel to San Diego, California, this weekend to compete in dual match-play against the University of San Diego.

    Senior Michael Riechmann and sophomore Adrian Ortiz are featured at No. 44 in the latest ITA doubles rankings. The duo is 8-4 this season in dual match-play. 

    George Goldhoff posted a 17-10 singles mark, including an 8-6 record in dual matches last season as a sophomore. He scored his first ranked win of the season last weekend at Wake Forest. This season he has already defeated No. 13 Oklahoma (twice) and No. 12 USC.  In doubles, Goldhoff and partner redshirt-freshman Julian Zlobinsky also hold a 7-5 doubles record. 

    In singles, Zlobinsky holds a 7-2 record. Sophomore Adrian Ortiz is off to a strong start in 2016 with a 6-3 singles record. Ortiz knocked off Washington’s 121st-ranked Jake Douglas and UCSB’s 81st-ranked Nicolas Moreno earlier this season when Texas traveled to Seattle. 

    Match play will begin at noon on Saturday. 

  • Longhorns tied for first in UNF Collegiate

    The Longhorns had no trouble finding success in the first two rounds of the UNF Collegiate on Monday. Texas shot a 14-over 590 to finish the day tied with Houston atop the leaderboard.

    Sophomore Sophia Schubert led the way for the Longhorns, shooting two-under par to put herself in a tie with Madison University’s Laura Gomez for first on the individual leaderboard going into Tuesday’s final round.

    Freshman Maddie Luitwieler also ended the day in the top ten, shooting two-over through the first two rounds. Senior Natalie Karcher is three shots back, with a score of five-over.

    Juniors Haley Mills and Julia Beck rounded out the field for the Longhorns with scores of 10- and nine-over par.

    The final round of the tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

  • Longhorns head to Jacksonville for UNF Collegiate

    The Longhorns will look to keep up their momentum this Monday through Tuesday at the UNF Collegiate in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Texas will be one of 16 competing teams, but the field will be weaker than the one in their fifth-place finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate two weeks ago. The No. 31 Longhorns are the highest ranked team in the tournament.

    Last year’s champion, Houston, checks in at No. 38 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. No other team is ranked in the top 50 in the rankings.

    The Longhorns finished second in the tournament last year, 15 shots behind Houston. Cougars sophomore Megan Thothong will look to defend her individual title. 

    Teams will complete two rounds on Monday and finish up the tournament with 18 holes on Tuesday.