• Texas returns in ITA Kick-Off Weekend

    The Longhorns will return to action this weekend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Texas will compete against Alabama, Penn and Purdue. 

    The tournament will kick off the ITA regular season for women’s tennis and will take place in 15 different locations across the country, each showcasing four college teams. 

    Texas will send its entire roster to compete in the event. Seniors Breaunna Addison and Lana Groenvynck, junior Neda Koprcina, sophomore Dani Wagland and freshmen Chelsea Crovetti, Katie Poluta and Daniella Roldan will all be partaking in singles match play. In the doubles draw, Addison and Wagland, who have a winning overall record of 9–4, will team up. Koprcina and Groenvynck will pair up in hopes to add a win to their 2–8 record. Freshman duo Roldan and Poluta will compete as first-time doubles partners.

    Texas will start the tournament squaring off against Purdue on Saturday and will either face Alabama or Penn on Sunday. The winner of the tournament will advance to the ITA National Indoor Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, on Feb. 5. 

  • Texas softball claims third place spot

    Texas’ softball team claimed the third place spot in the Big 12 Wednesday after the release of the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll. Falling behind reigning conference champion Oklahoma and Baylor, the Longhorns were selected to a top three spot in the Big 12 for the sixth consecutive year. Texas received zero first place votes, with Oklahoma receiving five and Baylor receiving two.

    The Longhorns finished the 2015 season at 38–17, good for third in the Big 12. A loss to San Diego State in the NCAA Regionals knocked Texas out of championship contention in mid-May.

    The 2016 roster will look quite similar to the team that took the field last season. Texas returns eight of its nine positional starters, most notably senior outfielder Lindsey Stephens and senior catcher Erin Shireman. Both players hit for over a .300 average in 2015, while compiling 15 and 10 home runs, respectively.

    Regular season play for the Longhorns will begin on Feb. 11 as they take on Arkansas in the Texas Classic in Austin. Conference play starts in late March as Texas takes on Baylor on March 25.

  • UT athletics reports net gain for 2014-15 school year

    UT athletics profited $458,367 during the 2014-15 school year, according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman.

    The report, based on an audit the Statesman obtained, said athletics brought in $183.5 million in revenue, including net profit of $94 million for football. Baseball and basketball combined to bring in $8 million in net profits, but all other sports lost money.

    The athletic department also gave back $9.8 million to the University, according to the report.

    The move back into the black comes one year after the athletic department reported a loss of $2.8 million, which led former athletic director Steve Patterson to raise season ticket prices for football and basketball.

    The 2014-15 school year was the only full year Patterson oversaw as athletic director. He was fired on Sept. 22 after just 22 months on the job.

  • Texas falls on the road to Washington, 4-3

    Despite winning the doubles points and picking up two singles wins, the Texas men’s tennis team fell to Washington 4-3 in Seattle on Sunday.

    In doubles play, the Longhorns took home two wins at the first and second doubles positions. Senior Michael Riechmann and sophomore Adrian Ortiz teamed up to edge Washington freshman duo Piers Foley and Enzo Sommer 6-4. Texas junior George Goldhoff and freshman Julian Zlobinsky won 6-2, beating sophomore Jake Douglas and junior Wendell Watanabe. Texas freshmen Colin Markes and Harrison Scott’s match against Husky freshman Kawika Lam and sophomore Mitch Stewart in third doubles was suspended.

    In singles play, Ortiz defeated Douglas 7-6, 7-5 in third singles, and Zlobinsky beat Foley 7-5, 6-4 in sixth singles. Despite the strong Texas showings, Washington took home the win after defeating Texas in the first, second, fourth and fifth singles positions.

    Texas returns to action next Saturday at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event at UT’s Weller Indoor Tennis Center.

  • Report: Johnathan Gray tears Achilles for second time

    Former running back Johnathan Gray tore his Achilles for the second time in his Texas career earlier this week, UT athletics announced Thursday. He underwent surgery to repair the injury on Thursday, according to Texas.

    The injury is just the latest in a line of injuries for Gray during his time as a Longhorn. He injured his right Achilles in 2013 at West Virginia and missed the final four games of that season. He then suffered a turf toe in 2015 and missed the final two games of the season.

    The Austin American-Statesman reported that the injury was to his left Achilles and came during a workout in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as Gray geared up for Texas’ pro day this spring.

    Gray finished his college career with 2,188 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.