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Although she posted a strong first season in the fall, freshman libero Cat McCoy might not see action this spring after re-aggravating a foot injury during the USA Volleyball tryouts.
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Men's golf

The No. 2 men’s golf team returned to action this weekend, finishing in fourth place at the 3M Augusta Invitational. 

Freshman Scottie Scheffler, who led the team for the first time this season, birdied five times on the final round to record a personal best 12-under par (67–70–67) and land in second place on the individual leaderboard.

As a team, the Longhorns finished six strokes short of first-place finisher New Mexico, which finished 26-under par.

Sophomore Beau Hossler and freshman Doug Ghim tied for 20th place, each with a 3-under-par 213 over the three rounds. Senior Kramer Hickok came in 42nd with a 218, and sophomore Gavin Hall rounded out the Longhorns with a 222 for 54th place.

The team continues its season next weekend in Santa Cruz, California at the Western Intercollegiate.

Men's tennis

After 15 years at the head of the Longhorns’ program, head coach Michael Center secured his 300th win when No. 9 Texas defeated No. 21 Texas Tech by a score of 4–1 Saturday. 

The Longhorns got off to a rocky start as they lost the doubles point for the 10th time this season. But the Texas deficit didn’t last long as the Longhorns rallied with four consecutive victories at the singles positions, highlighted by a hard-fought 7–6, 0–6, 6–1 victory by senior Clement Homs, which improves his season record to 5–0.

Following the victory over Texas Tech, Center’s new record at Texas stands at 300–105. In addition to his .741 winning percentage, Center has coached 16 ITA All-Americans and has won Big 12 Coach of the Year four times throughout his career with the Longhorns. 

“I’m proud of the student-athletes I’ve had, not only this year, but in the past, that have made contributions to our program while they were here and after their graduation,” Center said. “It has been very gratifying, and I’m looking forward to many more with this group.”

Texas will continue its four-match home stand Tuesday against unranked UTSA at the Caswell Tennis Center in Austin.

Track and field

Texas track and field didn’t send many runners to California for the Stanford Invitational, but the ones who went were successful on the long trip.

Friday represented the only running action for the Longhorns. Senior Craig Lutz and sophomore Sandie Raines led the group of distance runners from Texas in the team’s first performance since the 88th Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Raines ran the 5,000 meters in a time of 15:48.04, just 36 seconds off the school’s top mark Marielle Hall set last year. Lutz posted the school’s second best time in history in the 10,000 meters with a time of 28:33.48. His time is just 14 seconds off the University’s top mark.

The Longhorns have a chance for some home cooking at the Texas Invitational this weekend in Austin. The meet begins Saturday morning with the women’s hammer throw at 10 a.m. and will conclude with the highly anticipated men’s 4x400-meter relay Saturday evening.

Volleyball

It might only be the spring season, but Amy Neal was in midseason form Friday night.

The junior outside hitter posted 22 kills, 15 digs and three aces in a 4–1 Texas win over SMU, the team’s first victory of the spring.

Texas dropped the opening set of the match despite outhitting SMU .267 to .191. But the Longhorns dominated from that point on. They held the Mustangs to a negative hitting percentage in the second set and took the remaining three sets with an average hitting percentage of .317.

Sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu, who was named to the NCAA Division I All-Tournament team in the fall, recorded a team-high .522 hitting percentage along with 14 kills and nine blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Paulina Prieto Cerame finished the night with 12 kills and 16 digs. 

Junior outside hitter Cailin Bula led the Mustangs with 11 kills and nine digs and junior setter Avery Acker posted 23 digs.

The Longhorns will be back in action this weekend at the F.A.S.T. Complex Collegiate Invite in Houston. Texas returns to Gregory Gym for its last match of the spring season on April 24. The team will play against UTSA. 

Women's tennis

In the first-ever matchup between the two teams, the Ohio State Buckeyes toppled the Longhorns, 4–1.

The Buckeyes started off strong, swiftly taking the doubles point.

The Texas sophomore tandem, Pippa Horn and Neda Koprcina, fell to its competition on court three and Ohio State clinched the doubles point on court one. Ohio State’s No. 44-ranked pair of sophomores, Gabrielle De Santis and Sandy Niehaus, defeated the Texas duo of junior Breaunna Addison and senior Lina Padegimaite in a 6–2 decision.

Freshmen Ryann Foster and Dani Wagland held their own on the second court before play was suspended.

In singles competition, No. 47 Addison, the Professional Tennis Registry Female Player of the Year, posted a victory over her Ohio State competitor, De Santis. Addison added a fifth-straight singles win with this triumph, ending De Santis’ win streak at Ohio State’s No. 1 singles position.

On the other courts, Texas struggled to win a set against Ohio State. Koprcina dropped a 6–1, 6–1 decision to Niehaus on court three, allowing Niehaus to seal her eighth-straight singles victory.  

Foster and Wagland fell to their competition, freshman Anna Sanford and sophomore Miho Kowase, on the second and fifth courts. Padegimaite’s and Horn’s matches were both suspended following Ohio State’s victories on the other courts.

Over the weekend, Texas added two new games to their schedule, including an upcoming match against Abilene Christian University at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Whitaker Tennis Courts.

Redshirt junior Maren Taylor and the rest of the Longhorn divers will travel to the University of Houston to compete in the Phill Hansel Cougar Classic Invitational Thursday through Saturday. They will be taking part in all three diving events (1M, 3M and platform).

“It will be great for the team to get used to the University of Houston pool where we’ll have the NCAA Zone Diving Meet in March,” UT diving coach Matt Scoggin said. “Being able to dive at the facility of the NCAA Zone meet is one of the main reasons we’re going there ... A number of the schools competing in that Zone meet will be in Houston this weekend, so this will be a really good competition.”

Last week after the trip to California, Taylor earned her third career Big 12 Women’s Diver of the Week. She won five of her six events in the meets against Indiana, Michigan, Cal and Stanford.

As for other divers, senior Diana Wilcox’s first-place finish in the 3M at Stanford two weekends ago proved crucial to the Longhorns’ three-point victory. Freshman Meghan Houston and redshirt senior Shelby Cullinan have also had a successful year, making them divers to watch.

Review

Jonah Lehrer’s new book, “Imagine,” posits that creative brilliance is the result of hard work rather than something that comes naturally. (Photo courtesy of Nina Subin)

From the literary outpourings of poets to the breakthroughs of inventors, many of us have this idea that creative brilliance is something that just happens. In reality, creativity is not some force that acts upon us — although it can sometimes feel like it — and it isn’t only reserved for artists, inventors or “creative types.”

In “Imagine,” Jonah Lehrer explores the different faces of creativity, showcasing his formidable skills as a writer and a storyteller in the process. He argues that what we call creativity is really a collection of different cognitive processes that we can study and understand.

Sometimes, being creative is hard work. We must take the route of the poet W.H. Auden, obsessively editing and revising our work in search of perfection (hopefully without the help of the amphetamines Auden was fond of). At other times, Lehrer says, it’s best to put everything aside and approach a problem from a new angle. If you’re looking for a creative solution, like the employees of 3M, it can be best to drop everything and go for a walk, take a warm shower or play a game of pinball.

Lehrer tells stories about creativity that run the gamut from art to business. Early on in the book, he describes the success of 3M, a Fortune 500 company whose innovative business model has influenced Google. “We have no niche or particular focus,” 3M’s vice president Larry Wendling said in “Imagine.” “Basically, all we do is come up with new things.”

For the past 75 years, they have been eminently successful in the area, producing anything from touch screens to kitchen sponges. Lehrer says that 3M is successful because the company encourages employees to go take a walk, play games or relax when they get hung up on a problem.

According to Lehrer, this strategy works because “one of the surprising lessons of research is that trying to force an insight can actually prevent the insight.” When we overexert the analytic parts of the brain, we block off the freewheeling, associative insights of other non-analytic brain areas.

Insight is just one piece of the creative process, however. The rest, Lehrer says, is perseverance. He cites graphic design legend Milton Glaser as an example of work ethic in art. Glaser, who is responsible for the “I Heart NY” ad campaign, the DC Comics logo and countless other iconic designs, has the phrase “ART IS WORK” engraved into his office door. “There is no such thing as a creative type,” Glaser tells Lehrer in the book. “Creativity is a verb, a very time-consuming verb ... If you’re doing it right, it’s going to feel like work.”

After showing how creativity is a multi-faceted concept, Lehrer devotes the second half of “Imagine” to the study of creativity in society. If the number one misconception about creativity is that it’s outside our control, then the second is that creativity and innovation are solely the product of individuals. Lehrer describes the production of Broadway musicals, the collaborative culture at Pixar and the social context of Elizabethan England to demonstrate the importance of social intimacy — what sociologist Brian Uzzi termed the Q factor — in collaborative creativity. In a study of Broadway musical teams, Uzzi found that teams are most effective when they have high level of social intimacy while retaining a few outsiders who bring a fresh perspective to problems.

Lehrer is a sure-footed guide to the world of the creative mind. In “Imagine,” he deftly integrates his knowledge of art, science and business in a series of diverse and engaging anecdotes. At points, it is unclear how the scientific research Lehrer cites supports his broader conclusions, but in general, he refrains from sweeping generalizations about creativity and the brain. In the book’s prologue, Lehrer states that his aim is “to collapse the layers of description separating the nerve cell from the finished symphony, the cortical circuit from the successful products.” He may not accomplish this lofty goal in “Imagine,” but the effort is thoughtful and entertaining.