• Longhorns ousted from Big 12 tournament after 4-1 loss to Oklahoma

    The Longhorns’ time in the Big 12 tournament was over before it had a chance to start.

    Texas tallied just one match win in a 4-1 defeat to Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Friday.

    “They just outplayed us,” head coach Michael Center said. “We struggled to finish a match. We had opportunities to split sets at some spots, and we didn’t get the job done.”

    The Longhorns struggled right from the start in singles play against the Sooners. Redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky dropped the first set 6-0 and fell in straight sets to put Texas behind 1-0 early.

    Freshman Rodrigo Banzer didn’t fare much better. He lost to Oklahoma’s Florin Bragusi in straight sets to give the Sooners’ a 2-0 lead. Freshman George Goldoff followed that up with a straight-set loss to Axel Alvarez Llamas to put Texas in a 3-0 hole.

    Freshman Harrison Scott kept the Longhorns’ hopes alive with a win against Alex Ghilea, but senior Michael Reichmann fell in three sets to Maxime Mora, sealing the Longhorns’ loss.

    The Longhorns, who finished the regular season at No. 18 in the ITA rankings, will have to wait until Tuesday to find out if they made the field for the NCAA tournament.

  • Texas sweeps Athlete of the Week awards

    Texas track and field swept the Big 12 Athlete of the Week awards on Wednesday, with Courtney Okolo and Byron Robinson taking the women’s and men’s awards, respectively.

    Both Okolo and Robinson posted the No. 1 times in each of their events at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

    Okolo broke the collegiate record — which she previously set — in the 400-meters event, finishing with a time of 49.71 seconds. The event at the LSU Gold marked the her first event of the season. 

    Big 12 Athlete of the Week is far from Okolo’s greatest accomplishment as a Longhorn. Okolo now holds three of the six fastest 400-meter times in collegiate history. 

    Robinson shined in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 49.10 seconds. His time was more than a full second ahead of the rest of the field, as he now ranks No. 1 in the nation over Florida’s Eric Futch.

    Following Okolo and Robinson’s awards, the Longhorns now lead the Big 12 with 10 Athlete of the Week honors on the year.

  • Joe Baker takes home conference honors

    Joe Baker’s successful weekend was enough for the sophomore shortstop to earn the Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Monday. 

    Baker swung the bat at a .467 clip and scored six runs in a productive week for the Longhorns. Baker’s strong week helped give Texas a crucial series victory on the road at conference leading Texas Tech and a Tuesday win over UT Rio-Grande Valley, good for a 3–1 record over the week. 

    Baker’s week was highlighted by a career day at the plate in Sunday’s 17-1 drubbing of the Red Raiders. The sophomore notched a career-high four hits and six RBI. He also added three extra base hits including a pair of doubles and his first home run of the 2016 campaign. 

    Since returning from an injury earlier this month, Baker’s presence has helped rejuvenate a Texas offense that had previously been the weak spot of the 2016 Longhorns.

    Baker’s conference honor is the first of the sophomore’s career and the third for the Longhorns this season after Ty Culbreth and Tres Barrera received conference Pitcher and Player of the Week respectively.

  • 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.

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