• Texas finishes second at Big 12 Championship

    Sophomore Sophia Schubert entered the final round at The Dominion Country Club in fourth place, only two shots off the lead. A final round score 71 pushed her into a tie for second and helped give the Longhorns a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championship. 

    Schubert’s final score of 3-under par was six shots off the pace of the overall winner — Oklahoma State sophomore Kenzie Neisen. Neisen fired a 6-under 66 in the final round, the lowest score by any player all weekend. 

    While Schubert’s 71 on Sunday catapulted her into a 2nd place finish, it was junior Julia Beck who carded the lowest score of the day for the Longhorns — a 2-under round of 70. 

    “I came in very focused, but relaxed this weekend,” Beck said. “I really just tried to have no expectations and play my game.”

    Beck joined Schubert in the top five as the two combined to shoot 4-under. Texas was 3-over par as a team while Oklahoma State blew the competition off the course with a team score of 8-under.

    Texas went to San Antonio, Texas, for the championship tournament having not won as a team all season. The Longhorns, however, had six top-five team finishes, so Schubert was prepared to make a run at the title.

    “I knew that as a team and individually, that we could win and had a good shot,” Schubert said. “I also knew that we were kind of the underdogs, so we were going to have to fight and that gave us motivation.”

    Schubert and her teammates will be glued to the TV today a 5 p.m. as Golf Channel holds the NCAA Selection Show. The NCAA Regional Championship is slated for May 5-7.

  • Longhorns look for strong season finish over Baylor

    Senior Breaunna Addison hits the ball in Texas’ 5-2 win over Northwestern. Addison and fellow senior Lana Groenvynck will be honored in Texas’ Senior Day on Saturday.
    Senior Breaunna Addison hits the ball in Texas’ 5-2 win over Northwestern. Addison and fellow senior Lana Groenvynck will be honored in Texas’ Senior Day on Saturday.

    No. 24 Texas welcomes the Lady Bears to Westwood Country Club Saturday where the Longhorns can finish their season on positive note.

    Baylor and the Longhorns are coming off similar competition, last weekend both teams faced Iowa Sate and West Virginia. The No. 42 Lady Bears blanked both of the squads while Texas shut out WVU 5-0 and beat ISU 4-2. 

    The Longhorns were honored this week with four players named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team. Senior Breaunna Addison was placed on the team for a third time along with other returning members, senior Lana Groenvynck and junior Neda Koprcina. Sophomore Dani Wagland was also selected, meriting her first Academic All-Big 12 selection.

    The Lady Bears’ No. 91 Blair Shankle and Theresa Van Zyl also earned first team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

    In league play, Texas boasts a 6-2 record and is riding a five-game win streak. The Longhorns are currently 9-1 at home. Addison remains the highest ranked Big 12 player moving up a spot to No. 10. Baylor sits at 5-3 for the season, however their 3-5 away-record shows some struggles on the road. While Shankle is also Baylor’s sole ranked player, they also hold a doubles duo of Shankle and Kiah Generette ranked close behind Addison and Wagland at No. 18.

     The teams face off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westwood Country Club. Addison and Groenvynck will be honored before the match for Senior Day.

  • After long season, Longhorns ready for Big 12 tournament

    The Longhorns are set to play their biggest tournament of the season this weekend. 

    Texas will square off against the eight other Big 12 teams for the conference title, and a spot in the NCAA tournament, beginning today at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio.

    The Longhorns come into the conference tournament after struggling to a seventh-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational two weeks ago. Texas shot 27-over par, well back of first-place UCLA, who finished 12-under par.

    But there is a bright spot for the Longhorns with Sophia Schubert. The sophomore has finished in the top four three times this season, including a fourth place finish at the PING/ASU invitational.

    The Longhorns enters the tournament in the middle of the pack in the Big 12. Texas is currently ranked 30th in the latest Golfweek rankings and fifth in the conference. Oklahoma State is the highest-ranked Big 12 team at No. 9 while Iowa State, Texas Tech and TCU check in at No. 17, No. 25 and No. 27 respectively. All nine Big 12 teams are ranked inside the top 73.

    Unlike the other tournaments the Longhorns have played this year, the teams will play 18 holes each of the three days on the par-72 course. Texas will start it’s run towards a potential conference title at 9 a.m..

  • No. 18 Texas men's tennis plays Texas Tech

    Texas travels to Lubbock this Saturday to wrap up the regular season against Texas Tech. The Longhorns are now 17-9 overall for the season and 1-3 in conference play.

    Last time out Texas fell to No. 2 TCU 4-2. TCU won a tightly-contested doubles session. In singles, Texas came out strong and took the first set in five of the singles matches. The Horned Frogs fought back and took the wins at No. 1 and No. 5, giving them a 3-0 lead over the Longhorns.

    Texas rallied back behind redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky, who edged TCU sophomore Trevor Johnson in a three-set tiebreaker, and sophomore Adrian Ortizat No. 4 singles who took down TCU freshman Eduardo Nava, cutting the score 3-2, TCU. However, the Horned Frogs clinched the win, when in the third set of the No. 2 singles match, freshman Harrison Scott was defeated by TCU freshman Alex Rybakov.

    This will be senior Michael Riechmann’s final match as a Longhorn. Riechmann is currently 25-9 overall and 14-6 for dual match play.

    This past Wednesday, the Big 12 Conference announced named senior Michael Riechmann, sophomore Adrian Ortiz and redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Tennis Team.

    All three Texas honorees earned first-team selections. Riechmann earns his second consecutive selection to the team, while Ortiz and Zlobinsky earn their first awards in their initial year of eligibility for the team.

    Following this match, the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship and the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship will begin.

    Match play begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

  • Longhorns score high in APR

    Five Texas programs recorded perfect scores in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate report released on Wednesday. Of the Longhorns’ 20 programs, men’s basketball, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving and volleyball all finished with a perfect APR of 1,000. APR is calculated via a holistic approach, taking into account eligibility, retention and graduation.

    All 20 programs recorded a score of at least 970, including football, which made a 13-point increase from its 2014 mark. Now sitting at 971, head coach Charlie Strong’s team now has its highest APR since the implementation of the system in 2004–05.

    Six programs received recognition for their most recent APR in the past week, leading the Big 12. The Longhorns men’s teams posted an average score of 988, while the women’s teams averaged a score of just under 994.

    “This once again gives me great pride in the dedication and effort our student-athletes put into competing for their teams, giving back to the community and excelling in the classroom,” Texas men’s athletics director Mike Perrin said. “These consistently high APR scores also reinforce the emphasis our coaches and staff place on education, graduation and our steadfast commitment to the overall development of our student-athletes.”

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