• Longhorns return home to face No. 4 Michigan

    The Longhorns will return to Whitaker Courts to face No. 4 Michigan on Saturday after playing in four-straight matches away from home.

    Texas had a three-match losing streak while on the road, but finally got back in the win column after beating Princeton last Saturday in the Blue Gray Classic in Alabama.

    “I know our ladies are looking forward to getting back to Austin and playing some home matches,” head coach Howard Joffe said. 

    The Wolverines are coming off a big win over then-No. 2 North Carolina, but the Longhorns, who are ranked No. 73 as a team, are undefeated at home and look to keep it that way.

    No. 9 Breaunna Addison and the Longhorns will likely have an advantage in stamina. The Wolverines will face Baylor on Thursday night before continuing south to face Texas. 

    Michigan brings three nationally ranked players into the match, including No. 15 senior Ronit Yurovsky, No. 17 freshman Brienne Minor and No. 75 freshman Kate Fahey.

    The last time these teams matched up was in 2015, when Michigan defeated Texas 6–1. The Wolverines also lead the all-time series between the two 4–1.

    Play begins at noon on Saturday.

  • Texas competes in H-E-B Tournament of Champions this weekend

    The men’s tennis team will travel to Corpus Christi this weekend to compete in the 50th annual H-E-B Tournament of Champions, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Texas is currently No. 26, improved to a 7-5 record after a 4-3 win over No. 5 Wake Forest last weekend. 

    Junior George Goldhoff earned the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after an individual victory helped Texas come from behind and beat Wake Forest. In doubles, Goldhoff and partner redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky hold a 7-4 doubles record.

    In singles, Zlobinsky has a 7–2 record and is one of seven new additions to the roster this season. Sophomore Adrian Ortiz has also been edging out opponents this season with a 6–3 dual match play record. Ortiz knocked off Washington’s 121st-ranked Jake Douglas and UCSB’s 81st-ranked Nicolas Moreno earlier this season when Texas traveled to Seattle.

    The H-E-B Tournament of Champions is a two-day event and is universally respected as one of the most prestigious college team events in the United States, known by most as simply “The H-E-B.” Founded by Howard E. Butt Sr. in 1966, this national event has been sponsored for 50 years in a row.

    Tournament play will begin Friday and a winner will be crowned Saturday.

  • Several Longhorns honored by Big 12

    Multiple Longhorns were honored by the Big 12 on Wednesday, just ahead of this weekend’s conference tournament.

    Senior center Imani Boyette took home Co-defensive Player of the Year honors, sharing the honor with Oklahoma State senior guard Brittney Martin. It’s the first time a Longhorn has won the award since it inaugurated in 2006. Boyette averaged 3.14 blocks per game this year to bring her career total up to 290.

    The conference also selected Boyette to the All-Big 12 First Team. Sophomore guard Brooke McCarty joined her, giving Texas two such selections. Boyette and McCarty both lead Texas (26–3, 15–3 Big 12) in scoring with 12.0 points per game, respectively. McCarty shot a team-best 44.9 percent from three-point range in conference play.

    Sophomore guard Ariel Atkins was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team despite missing the first nine games of the season recovering from ankle surgery. Atkins started in seven games and averaged 10.0 points per game. Senior guards Empress Davenport and Celina Rodrigo received All-Big 12 Honorable Mention nominations. Both players were regular starters, only missing two starts between the two. 

    McCarty and Atkins received All-Big 12 Freshman Team honors last year in addition to their respective awards this season.

    The Big 12 tournament begins for Texas on Saturday night at 6 p.m. The second-seeded Longhorns will play either TCU or Kansas. 

  • No. 24 Texas tops No. 5 Wake Forest 3-4

    The Longhorns looked down and out.

    No. 5 Wake Forest had won three-straight matches to take a 3-1 lead in the contest and seemed poised to keep Texas’ road losing streak alive.

    But then junior George Goldhoff won his match in a third-set tiebreak. So did sophomore Adrian Ortiz. And then, with the match on the line, freshman Rodrigo Banzer scored a third-set win to give the No. 26 Longhorns the 4-3 win Saturday afternoon.

    “It was an amazing effort to win this match,” said 16th-year head coach Michael Center.  “Wake Forest is a legitimate national title-contending team.  It just takes a lot of resiliency and competitiveness to do that.  We hung around and hung around and got the job done in the end.  It was just a great team effort.”

    The Longhorns’ come back began almost right away. Ortiz and senior Michael Riechmann dropped their doubles match;however, Texas overcame that with two wins in the other doubles competitions to take the early 1-0 lead.

    But Wake Forest would rally to start the singles contests. Riechmann and freshmen Julian Zlobinsky fell in straight sets while freshman Harrison Scott fell in three, giving the Demon Deacons a 3-1 lead.

    That’s when the tide turned to Texas’ favor. Center said he’s happy with how the team never gave up even after falling behind.

    “It was just one of those days where we were fighting and competing, and in the end we looked up and saw, ‘Wow, we’ve got it.,’ Center said.

    Texas heads to Corpus Christi next weekend to compete in the H-E-B Tournament of Champions.

  • Longhorns end the weekend in Alabama with a win

    The Longhorns downed Princeton 4-2 at the Blue Gray Classic in Alabama to snap a three-match losing streak.

    Texas gained the doubles point after Breaunna Addison and Dani Wagland defeated Princeton senior Amanda Muliawan and freshman Nicole Kalhorn 6-2. Texas senior Lana Groenvynk and freshman Katie Poluta finished a tough 7-6 match against Princeton’s Dorothy Tang and Amber Park.

    “The ladies showed a lot of poise when the match was on the line in singles,” UT first year head coach Howard Joffe said.

    Princeton won singles matches at the fourth and sixth positions, but the Longhorns sealed the deal with victories at the second, third and fifth positions.

    Sophomore Wagland beat Princeton’s Nicole Kalhorn 6-4, 6-1 and Texas junior Neda Koprcina finished off Tiger Katrine Steffensen 7-6, 6-1.

    Poluta added a win over Princeton’s Emily Hahn at fifth singles to carry the Longhorns to 4-2.

    “I know out ladies are looking forward to getting back to Austin and playing some home matches,” Joffe said.

    Texas hosts Michigan at home next weekend, March 5 at Whitaker Tennis Courts.