• Men’s tennis dominates in Sunday double header

    Sophomore Rodrigo Banzer fired a bullet down the right line, speeding past Purdue’s Stephan Koenigsfest to cement No. 11 Texas’ 4-0 victory over the Boilermakers.

    The Longhorns faced a short turnaround on Sunday as they hosted both Purdue and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Texas came out aggressive against Purdue, sweeping the Boilermakers in doubles play for the first point.

    “We’ve had some close matches so far this season,” sophomore Harrison Scott said. “We just came out firing for the first match so we could get off the court quick and get ready for the next one.”

    Freshman Christian Sigsgaard rebounded from a singles loss last week, dominating Purdue’s Gergely Madarasz for a 6-4, 6-1 win.

    Banzer finished Purdue off, defeating Koenigsfest 6-1, 6-4 and claiming the final point for Texas.

    “Today was the highest amount of energy and emotion that I’ve seen out of them,” head coach Michael Center said. “I thought it was a good overall effort by the guys.”

    The Longhorns showed no signs of fatigue against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in game two, crushing the Islanders in doubles play to go up 1-0. 

    Sophomore Julian Zlobinsky pummeled freshman Gonzalo Achondo 6-2, 6-1 to give Texas a 2-0 lead. Banzer continued his big day with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the Islanders’ Paul Cook.

    Redshirt freshman Leonardo Telles delivered the knockout blow for the Longhorns, outlasting Cagatay Soke 6-4, 6-4.

    “I feel like everybody plays a part in our team,” Telles said. 

    Up next, Texas will travel to Virginia for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

     

    -Justin Martinez

  • Oliver to forego senior season

    Texas wide receiver Jake Oliver announced Monday night that he will forego his senior season in favor of a job opportunity. The redshirt junior will hang up his pads after a productive 2016 season on the gridiron.

    “I’ve enjoyed every moment of being on this team and will cherish that for the rest of my life,” Oliver said in an issued statement. “Even though I’m going to miss football, I’m really excited to take on a new challenge. I talked with Coach (Tom) Herman and appreciate his support and understanding.”

     

    Oliver caught 33 passes for 358 yards last season, ranking second on the Longhorns in receptions. He signed with Texas in February 2012 during the Mack Brown era and was redshirted for the 2013 season, his first year on campus. The communications major graduates this May, planning to use his degree in his future profession.


    “I feel so fortunate to have already earned my degree from one of the best universities in the nation, The University of Texas,” Oliver said. “It’s helped me already have a job in hand, and I’m ready to start that next chapter. In the last four years I’ve grown so much, met so many people, and I’ve built friendships with that will last a lifetime.”

  • Longhorns in the NBA

    As the All-Star break quickly approaches, several former Texas players are helping their teams battle for leverage in the playoff picture. 

    Kevin Durant

    Durant has fit perfectly into his new role on the Warriors. He’s averaging 25.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and nearly five assists per game over the 2016 – 2017 season.

    In the past week, Durant helped the Warriors to two victories, including a 26-point effort against the Los Angeles Clippers in a 133-120 win. 

    Lamarcus Aldridge

    The San Antonio Spurs big man has been a big reason for the team’s second-place standing in the Western Conference. In his second year in San Antonio, the former Longhorn is averaging 17.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

    After missing a game due to a knee injury, Aldridge returned to the starting lineup against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, recording 12 points in a 121-97 victory.

    Myles Turner 

    The Indiana Pacers center has risen to the challenge in the starting lineup this season, averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Turner is also third in the NBA in blocks per game, averaging 2.2.

    Turner was recently named to the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

  • Texas baseball releases start times for home games

    Texas baseball season gets underway this weekend with the annual alumni game. First pitch for Saturday’s exhibition matchup against former Longhorns is slated for 2 p.m. 

    Two weeks later, the year truly fires up when Texas plays host to No. 23 Rice for a three-game weekend series. First pitch for the Longhorns’ first game of the season comes at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. 

    Friday’s contest is followed by a pair of midday matchups on Saturday and Sunday. Texas then hits the road to battle Sam Houston State on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. 

    The Longhorns return home for another weekend series against Connecticut. They’ll take on the Huskies on Friday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. before battling UConn twice more on Saturday and Sunday. 

    Texas doesn’t start Big 12 play until Friday, March 17 when it hosts the visiting Texas Tech Red Raiders for a weekend set. First pitch for the game is set for 6:30 p.m. 

    Longhorn Network will televise over 30 games this season, beginning with Saturday’s alumni game. Texas’ first two regular season games can be seen on LHN, too.

  • Volleyball begins transition to spring season

    Texas Volleyball already has its sights set on fighting back to a third straight national championship appearance. 

    The program released the 2017 spring season schedule on Monday. The Longhorns will open their season by traveling to Houston on April 8 for the F.A.S.T. Tournament. The following weekend, Texas will travel to Dallas to compete at the Collegiate Showcase Tournament. 

    The Longhorns will wrap up the spring season with a home game at Gregory Gym on Tuesday, April 18 against North Texas. 

    The Longhorns lost starting setter Chloe Collins and the team’s second-leading hitter in Paulina Prieto Cerame after they signed to play professionally overseas. However, Texas will return two First Team All-Americans in Ebony Nwanebu and Micaya White. The Longhorns also boast what is arguably the top recruiting class in the nation. 

    The Longhorns’ commits include the nation’s No. 1 recruit according to PrepVolleyball, Lexi Sun, as well as No. 2 Brionne Butler and No. 6 Ashley Shook. 

    Although the Longhorns have faced heartbreak in back-to-back national championship defeats, Texas has no time to hang its head. Head coach Jerritt Elliott will have yet another solid squad that has the potential to reach the national championship yet again. 

    —Alex Briseno

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