• 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.


  • Texas rowing prepares for Clemson Invitational

    After placing five top-two finishes in the San Diego Crew Classic, No. 8 Texas rowing will head east to participate in the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina. 

    The Longhorns will row in 15 races spread across three sessions over the weekend. Two sessions will be on Saturday, the first beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the second beginning at 4 p.m. and the third session will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Each race will have six or seven teams rowing.

    Texas will be up against many of the nation’s top teams, including No. 4. Ohio State, who have won the National Championship the past three years, No. 3. Virginia, and No. 10 Michigan. The Longhorns will face a total of 19 teams during the meet, including matchups with Big 12 rival Oklahoma and conference affiliate member Tennessee.

    The Longhorns hope to continue their strong season after the impressive showing in San Diego two weekends ago. Texas only fell to No. 2 California in the races, and while their performance was rewarded by a three spot jump in the Coaches Poll rankings, they will still be looking to show that they can contend with and beat top ranked teams this weekend.

    The Clemson Invitational will be the last large regatta of the Longhorns’ regular season, as they will face Virginia head-to-head in Austin at the end of the month before competing in the Big 12 Championship in May.