In the season home opener Saturday, the No. 23 Texas women’s tennis team took down No. 32 Rice, 4–3.
The Owls opened the match well, as they took the doubles point. Rice was able to take the first two doubles to capture the point, although Texas sophomore Ratnika Batra and junior Lana Groenvynck won the third round of doubles, 6–2.
In the singles competition, the Longhorns turned the game around and dominated the Owls. Texas gained its four points from the match, as sophomores Batra and Neda Koprcina and freshmen Ryann Foster and Danielle Wagland completely swept their competition.
In fifth singles, Wagland tied the score 3–3 with a 6–1, 6–3 win against Rice sophomore Alison Ho. And in second singles, Foster secured Texas’ victory, defeating Rice senior Liat Zimmermann, 6–2, 6–3.
No. 84 Longhorn junior Breaunna Addison struggled against No. 24 Rice senior Natalie Beazant, and fell 6–1, 5–7, 7–5. Likewise, Rice junior Solomiya Zinko knocked off Groenvynck in sixth singles, 6–1, 2–6, 7–6.
Texas heads west to Southern California to play its next dual-match on Valentine’s Day weekend against Pepperdine and USC.