The Longhorns resume play this weekend at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. After a first-round exit from last year’s championship, the Longhorns will look to rewrite the script this time around.
To change their fate, the Longhorns will have to beat the Georgia Bulldogs, who eliminated them last year.
The Bulldogs come into the championship ranked No. 6 in the country and are led by eighth-ranked singles player Lauren Herring and three others ranked in the top 80. They also boast two top 25 doubles teams.
Last year senior Aeriel Ellis and sophomore Lina Padegimaite had success against their singles opposition from Georgia. Padegimaite landed a victory over returning Bulldog No. 54 Kate Fuller. Ellis knocked off Georgia’s No. 2 player from a year ago.
Not only will a team win over the Bulldogs advance the Longhorns in the tournament, but it will also provide them with momentum as they continue on toward the ultimate goal.
“It’s time to win a national championship,” Ellis said. “It’s really time.”
The Longhorns and Bulldogs take the court at the University of Virginia on Friday at 5:30 p.m.