The Longhorns traveled to the east this weekend where they were handed their first loss of the season, but were able to rebound by pulling out a tight win over another top 20 team.
On Sunday, No. 17 North Carolina jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after posting wins at the number two and three double spots. Texas’ lone doubles win came from freshman Soren Hess-Olesen and junior Alex Hilliard, who defeated Esben Hess-Olesen, Soren’s twin brother, and Brennan Boyajian 8-3.
The Longhorns evened the score one-all when junior Daniel Whitehead defeated Boyajian 6-1, 6-2 at the number two singles spot. The Tar Heels added another point with a win by William Parker over freshman Joey Swaysland, 6-3, 6-3. Texas evened the score again at two-all with junior Chris Camillone’s 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Oystein Steiro. Sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram gave the Longhorns their first lead of the day with his three set defeat of Esben Hess-Olesen, 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (3). Clinching the win for Texas was newcomer Lloyd Glasspool, who joined the team at the beginning of the year and who defeated UNC’s Joey Burkhardt 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
On Friday, No. 2 Virginia handed the Longhorns their first loss of the year, 7-0. The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead after sweeping all three matches to claim the doubles point.
“We got a little overpowered in doubles for the first time this season,” said head coach Michael Center. “We did some good things, but we have a lot to learn.”
Virginia added to their total with straight-set wins at the number two, one and three singles spots. Sitaram, playing at the number three spot, took the number one ranked player in the country to a third set, but couldn’t close it out, falling 10-3 in the third set tiebreaker. Glasspool also challenged his opponent at the number four spot, but also fell in the third set tiebreaker, 7-6.
The Longhorns return to action this Friday when they take on Texas A&M at Houston for the Texas Cup.