• 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.”

  • Völker signs on for 2016–2017

    Longhorn golf received a boost to its 2016–2017 prospects. 

    The team announced on Monday that it had signed Greta Völker to its squad for next season. 

    Völker, who hails from Witten, Germany, has already accrued a strong amateur and professional resume. 

    Völker placed sixth at the German National Girls tournament, tied eighth at the German National Girls, and third in the 2015 Scottish Ladies Junior Open with a three round score of 73-79-71. 

    “I am very excited that Greta has chosen Texas,” head coach Ryan Murphy said. “She is a terrific young player who is improving at a very fast pace. She has enjoyed a great deal of success over the past two years, including some great play in professional events.”

    Völker also had a chance to hone her craft at the professional 2015 Homburg Open, where she finished with the 16th best score overall. 

    Since graduating high school in 2015, Völker has been training in Orlando at the Annika Academy under the tutelage of Swedish professional golfer Charlotta Sörenstam.

    “I feel that this experience and her connection with Charlotta has been very important in her continued development as a golfer,” Murphy said. “Greta has been shoring up all aspects of her game, much like a professional would do. She will undoubtedly compete for a traveling position on our team upon arriving on campus.” 

  • No. 18 Texas takes on TCU

    No. 18 Texas contests its final home match of the season on Saturday when it hosts TCU at the Polo Tennis Club.

    The Longhorns split a doubleheader in their last action on Sunday. In the first match, Texas took a 0-4 defeat against Oklahoma. However, the Longhorn’s redeemed themselves later that afternoon when they shut out Prairie View A&M, 4-0. Texas is now 17-8 for the season and 1-2 in conference play.

    As the season comes to a close, the Texas freshman have all had impressive debut seasons. Rodrigo Banzer is 7-4 for the season in singles play. Johnny Goodwin is 4-1 for singles dual match play.  Colin Markes is 6-1 for overall singles match play. Harrison Scott has made a name for himself in this season’s Big 12 Conference and has a 22-10 record in singles play. Scott and his doubles partner sophomore John Mee are also 9-4 this season. Finally, redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky is 11-4 in dual play and with junior doubles partner George Goldhoff, 13-8. 

    Senior Michael Riechmann will be honored on Saturday during Senior Day festivities prior to the match and this will be his final home match as a Longhorn.

    Following this match, Texas will have one remaining regular season match, before the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship and NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship begin.

    Match play begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday.