Texas falls to Tech, bounces back against TCU

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The No. 22 Longhorns (8-6, 2-2) were prepared for a tough weekend as they hosted No. 9 Texas Tech (15-3, 3-0) and No. 27 TCU (9-6, 1-2).

The Red Raiders took control of the Friday match from the very start, taking the doubles point by winning the second and third courts. But the Longhorns had a strong showing from the doubles pair of freshmen Petra Granic and Bianca Turati, who upset the Red Raiders’ 36th-ranked Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici’s, 6-1.

The young Texas team went on to struggle in singles competition, giving Texas Tech a 4-2 victory in Austin. 

“There’s no question this was a match that even though they’re a top-10 team, I feel got away from us,” head coach Howard Joffe said. “I did get the sense that our group weakened just a little bit after about an hour and a half into the singles matches.”

Texas came out Sunday with a new sense of determination against the Horned Frogs, clicking on all cylinders from the first serve.

The Longhorns had a solid showing in doubles competition thanks to another stellar performance from Granic and Turati, who took down TCU’s 37th-ranked Caroline Wegner and Donika Bashota.

“It was obviously very tough to play two matches in two days,” Turati said. “I felt tired today, but it was good to win for the team.”

Texas’ dominance continued in singles play with key victories from Turati, Granic and senior Neda Koprcina en route to a 4-0 victory.

“I think Bianca (Turati)’s performance was just emblematic of where the team is at,” Joffe said. “We’ll start to get a little stronger and a little tougher as we head into the end of conference. I’m delighted about the win, but we definitely aren’t playing our best.”

Up next, Texas will hit the road for matches against West Virginia and Iowa State this weekend.