• Longhorns look to continue success against Rice

    Senior Breaunna Addison won in straight sets to help the Longhorns earn their second straight home win. Addison now boasts a 19-2 singles record.
    Senior Breaunna Addison won in straight sets to help the Longhorns earn their second straight home win. Addison now boasts a 19-2 singles record.

    The Texas and Rice women’s tennis teams have a lot in common.

    Both teams are ranked in the 30s, and both started the team season 3-1 overall and 1-1 against ranked opponents. They also both have nationally-ranked players — the Owls with No. 34 junior  Katherine Ip, followed by No. 84 sophomore  Lindsey Hodge and the Longhorns with No. 8 senior Breaunna Addison.

    Now the two teams will square off against each other on Saturday in Houston as they each try to build early season momentum. 

    Addison returned to the ITA top 10 on Wednesday, becoming the first Longhorn to do so since Aeriel Ellis in 2011.  She currently sits at 89 career wins, but for win No. 90 will have to go through a familiar foe, Ip. 

    Addison faced Ip in September in the semifinals of the Rice Invitational, and the two met again in October in the semifinals of the UTSA/ITA DI Women’s Texas Regional Championship. Addison emerged victorious in both matches. 

    Texas sophomore Dani Wagland also competed against Ip in the quarterfinals of the Rice Invitational, in which Ip came out on top. 

    Rice is currently ranked seven spots higher than the Longhorns, but Texas has had the upper hand in recent years. The Longhorns have beaten the Owls the last two years, winning 4-1 in 2014 and 4-3 in 2015.

    Saturday’s match is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the George R. Brown Tennis Center in Houston.

  • Texas adds Rice, Louisiana Tech to future football schedule

    Texas announced on Thursday that it’ll play three future games with Rice. 

    Texas, who beat Rice 42-28 in September, will head to Houston to play the Owls in 2019 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Rice will travel to Austin play the Longhorns in 2021 and 2023. The meetings between these two teams historically fall in the Longhorns’ favor. Texas has won the last 13 meetings since 1994 by an average margin of 28 points. Overall, the Longhorns lead the all-time series 72-21-1. Texas also added a home contest against Louisiana Tech to the 2019 football schedule. It will mark the first matchup between the two football programs. While specific dates have not been chosen yet, Rice and Louisiana Tech are in good company among the teams Texas has already added to its non-conference schedule.

    The Longhorns’ schedule includes future matchups with LSU in 2019 and 2020, as well as a Rose Bowl rematch with USC in 2017 and 2018.

  • Women’s golf finishes fourth in UCF Challenge

    The Longhorns shot a week-best 7-over par on Tuesday to jump up two spots to finish fourth in the UCF Challenge. It’s the highest finish for Texas in the 2015-16 season.

    Texas was one of two teams to finish the first round under 300 strokes, but fell in the second round as other teams made drastic improvements.

    Junior Haley Mills finished as the top Longhorn, shooting a 4-over to tie for sixth overall.

    Junior Julia Beck scored a 6-over-par to tie for 16th. Sophomore Sophia Schubert ended the week one stroke behind Beck, checking in with a 7-over, while freshman Maddie Luitwieler finished tied for 41st at 12-over.

    Senior Tezira Abe finished well off the pace, carding a score of 22-over for the weekend.

    Houston took the team title at the tournament with a score of 21-over while Frida Gustafsson Spang from East Carolina took the individual title with a 3-under score — the only player to finish under par.

    Texas will be back in action Feb. 21–23 in New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.

  • Women’s golf sits at No. 6 overall after two rounds of 18-team UCF Challenge.

    Women’s golf struggled in the second round of the UCF Challenge, finishing the round sixth overall with a score of 20-over par for the tournament.

    Julia Beck’s score of 71 led the Longhorn charge for the day and propelled the junior into a tie for the 18th-best score in the tournament.

    Junior Hayley Mills and sophomore Sophia Schubert both turned in 75-stroke performances. Mills’s showing was good enough to maintain the best two-day score on the team with a mark of 147. The junior holds the 13th-best score in the tournament and currently sits six strokes behind tournament leaders Missouri senior Michelle Butler and East Carolina senior Frida Gustafsson Spang with one day to go.

    Additional showings of 76 and 78 from senior Tezira Abe and freshman Maddie Luitwieler rounded out the Texas showing.

    The Longhorns ended the day 9-over, dropping four spots to the sixth-best team score, while first-place Missouri ended the day with a 12-stroke advantage over the Texas going into the final round. 

  • Gilbert, Mattox contracts to be discussed at Board of Regents meeting on Friday

    The Board of Regents will discuss the contracts of offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and offensive line coach Matt Mattox at the next board meeting on Friday in Galveston.

    In the current agreement, Gilbert and Mattox have a guaranteed annual base salary of $850,000 and $550,000, respectively. 

    The agreement also has incentives for the two former Tulsa coaches. The incentives include $20,000 if Texas wins the Big 12 Championship or participates in a bowl game and an extra $20,000 if the Longhorns win their bowl game.

    Gilbert and Mattox will receive $40,000 if Texas makes it to the College Football Playoff. The two coaches will receive an additional $70,000 if Texas wins the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game and $140,000 if the Longhorns win the College Football National Championship game. 

    Their current contracts started on Dec. 12, 2015 and are set to end Jan. 31, 2019.