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It’s been 71 years in the making — the Longhorns are NCAA Doubles champions for the first time since 1944, when John Hickman and Felix Kelley won.

Senior All-Americans Lloyd Glasspool and Søren Hess-Olesen finished their illustrious careers at Texas on top with a victory over No. 22 Hugo Dojas and Felipe Sores of Texas Tech 6–1, 3–6, 6–3.

“To see two outstanding seniors win a national championship in their last match at Texas is an amazing feeling,” head coach Michael Center said. “They played with no fear today and had so much determination and grit to finish their careers strong.”

The match was delayed and had to be moved indoors because of heavy rains. There was an additional two-hour delay because of a tornado warning. The match finally began at 4:45 p.m.

“We were both excited from the minute we woke up,” Hess-Olesen said. “This was our last college match ever, and it is not often when you play for a national title.”

The excitement showed as Texas came out storming, with a dominating 6–1 first set win.

“We came very strong,” Glasspool said. “We made a lot of first serves and a lot of returns.”

Texas Tech was able to break the Longhorns serve early in the second set to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Red Raiders were able capitalize as they took the second set 6-3.

As the third set started, the torrential rain and winds weren’t the only things in a tailspin Monday afternoon. So were Hess-Olesen’s emotions.

“The third set was like a roller-coaster ride,” Hess-Olesen said. “We broke and went up 4–2, and I got pretty nervous and didn’t make first serves. They got back and, and then Lloyd played unbelievable in the last two games and got us through.”

The third set feautured three consecutive breaks, two from Texas and one from Texas tech.

The Longhorns were able to rally and claim the NCAA Doubles title with a 6–3 win.

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Men's tennis

No. 10 Texas fell just short of taking down No. 1 Oklahoma in the semifinals of the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship on Saturday, ultimately losing to the Sooners, 4–3. 

In a nail–biting finish, the score was tied at three wins apiece when Texas sophomore George Goldhoff squared off against Oklahoma sophomore Alex Ghilea in the final match of the day. Goldhoff won the first set of the match handily by a score of 6–2, but Ghilea rebounded to win the second set, 6–3. The third and final set would decide the outcome of the matchup between the Big 12 rivals.

Despite falling behind, 5–6, in the third set, Goldhoff fought off elimination by breaking Ghilea’s serve and tying the match at 6–6 to send it to a third-set tiebreaker. The momentum from Goldhoff’s break did not last, however, and he dropped the tiebreak by a score of 7–3. 

“George has nothing to hang his head about,” head coach Michael Center said after the game. “His level of play continues to go up with every match down the stretch. He just came up a little bit short against a great opponent today. I’m proud of him.”

Saturday’s match featured a high-profile contest between two of Big 12’s premier players at the No. 1 singles line. No. 4 Søren Hess–Olesen took the court for Texas against No. 2 junior Axel Alvarez Llamas. In the most anticipated match of the day, Hess–Olesen fell to Alvarez in straight sets, 6–4, 7–5. The loss drops Hess-Olesen’s record to 18-4 for the year, with all losses coming against Big 12 opponents.  

After being eliminated from Big 12 competition Saturday, Texas will conclude its season at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship starting May 8. Seeding for the tournament will be announced at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

— Michael Shapiro

Track and field

At the oldest track meet in the United States this weekend, the Texas men’s and women’s track teams earned two victories.

Philadelphia’s Penn Relays posed a challenge for head coach Mario Sategna’s Longhorns — one they handled nicely. The women turned in another strong performance after an already-impressive season, winning the women’s 4x400-meter relay and the women’s 100-meter hurdles.

In the 100-meter hurdles, senior Morgan Snow, one of the veterans on the team, picked up the win with a time of 13.13 seconds. The sprinter was less than .3 seconds off her personal-best time of 12.88, but on a cold weekend, her time was plenty to secure the title.

In the heavily anticipated 4x400-meter relay, the women picked up the win with a time of 3:29.46. The group won last year’s event at the Penn Relays and came back in hopes of a repeat, which it accomplished with ease. Second-place University of Technology, Jamaica finished a full two seconds behind the blazing Texas foursome, which was led by junior Courtney Okolo’s 50.04-second anchor leg. This win is the third in five years for the lady Longhorns at the historic meet.

Texas will not have to travel this weekend as it hosts the Longhorn Invitational at the Mike A. Meyers Stadium. The meet will begin Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and last until the last 4x400-meter team crosses the finish line.

— Bradley Maddox

Women's golf

The momentum from recent, late-season improvement did not make a difference for the Texas women’s golf team as it finished in sixth place with a score of 887 (+23) at the Big 12 Championships in San Antonio this weekend.

On The Dominion Country Club golf course, junior Tezira Abe led the Longhorns, tying for 10th place with a three-round score of 220 (+4). Abe’s 10th-place finish was her best finish this season and her score, 220 (+4), tied another personal season best.

After tying for first place at her last tournament, the Ping/ASU Invitational, senior Bertine Strauss struggled to play up to her past success. She posted her worst round of the season with a 77 (+5) while scoring a 222 (+6) overall. While those numbers are atypical for Strauss, her performance was still good for 20th place. 

Two strokes behind Strauss was sophomore Julia Beck, who scored a 224 (+8) for a 22nd-place tie. Two other Longhorns — junior Natalie Karcher and sophomore Anne Hakula — also contributed to the team. Karcher posted a score of 228 (+12) and tied for 28th place, while Hakula put up a score of 229 (+13) and tied for 32nd place.

Baylor easily ran away with the tournament, finishing with a score of 867 (+3) — 12 strokes ahead of second-place TCU.

— Bridget Bonasoro

Women's rowing

Texas’ 12th-ranked women’s rowing team outperformed No. 11 Indiana, Columbia and Notre Dame over two days of racing on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Indiana, to take home the Dale England Cup on Saturday morning. The Longhorns collected 63 points over the course of the races, enough to earn them first place over Indiana, which finished with 57 points. Notre Dame finished in third with 42 points, while Columbia trailed with 18. 

Texas soundly defeated all of its opponents in Friday’s races, which pitted the Longhorns against Columbia’s varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four teams and Indiana’s first and second varsity four teams in a series of dual races.

Saturday’s races featured a change in the racing format as inclement weather forced officials to abandon the dual races in favor of four-lane races, in which all four teams raced against each other. The schools competed in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity four events.

The Longhorns began the day with a second-place finish behind Indiana in the varsity eight race to earn 27 points. The race was the last time Texas finished anything but first at the regatta. The Longhorns beat out Notre Dame in the second varsity eight race for a top finish and 24 points and then completed the day with a pair of wins in the varsity four and second varsity four races to add 12 points to their total.

“Both fours did a great job, and we’re starting to show some good depth on the team,” head coach Dave O’Neill said.  “This is going to be very important as we move forward. It was a good weekend, and I’m pretty happy with the way our team raced.”

— James Rodriguez

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Men's golf

The No. 2 men’s golf team earned a split Saturday at the Red Raider Shootout in Lubbock.

The Longhorns first faced No. 23 New Mexico, which they defeated in a tiebreaker. Redshirt senior Brax McCarthy finished square with his opponent, as did freshman Doug Ghim. The Red Raiders defeated senior Kramer Hickok and freshman Scottie Scheffler, leaving sophomores Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall to win it for the team in a tiebreaker. Hossler beat senior Sam Saunders, 6-and-5, and Hall beat freshman Gustavo Morantes, 6-and-4.

In the second match of the afternoon, Texas fell to No. 10 Texas Tech. Of the six Longhorns in competition, only Hossler and Hickok won their matches. Both won, 1-up.

Next up for the Longhorns is the Big 12 Championship, held from April 27–29 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

— Caroline Hall 

Men's tennis

No. 10 Texas fell to No. 7 TCU by a score of 4–1 Saturday, its second loss in as many matches. The Longhorns’ match in Fort Worth was their final regular season match of the season, and the loss dropped them to fourth in the Big 12 standings. Saturday marked Texas’ second-consecutive conference loss, both against teams ranked in the top 10 of the ITA rankings. 

Texas struggled from the outset against TCU, as the Longhorns lost the doubles point as well as the first two singles matches to fall behind the Horned Frogs, 3–0. No. 5 senior Søren Hess–Olesen was the lone Longhorn to win a match, defeating No. 44 senior Nick Chappell, 6–3, 6–4. 

The victory marked Hess–Olesen’s 100th win at the singles position in a Texas uniform, making him the ninth player in Texas history to reach the 100-victory mark. Hess–Olesen holds a .730 winning percentage as a Longhorn, the highest winning percentage of any Texas player with 100 career victories. 

The Longhorns (18–5, 2–3 Big 12) finished under .500 in the conference for the first time since 2011–2012. In a conference with four teams ranked in the top 10 of the ITA rankings, Texas holds the No. 4 seed in the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship, which begins Friday in Waco.

— Michael Shapiro

Track and field

Torrential rainstorms and more than a little bit of hail foiled many plans this weekend throughout the state. This proved problematic in Waco as the Michael Johnson Classic was forced to call it a day with five events remaining. But even storm fronts and nasty weather couldn’t stop Texas’ track and field team from gathering a couple more wins in what continues to be an impressive season.

Junior Courtney Okolo and senior Clint Harris won Texas’ two titles this weekend at Baylor. Okolo, who remains on the Bowerman Trophy watch list, won the 400-meter dash in a time of 50.99 seconds, the new Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium record. Her teammate, sophomore Kendall Baisden, finished second with a time of 51.22 seconds. 

Harris collected his first win of the season with a winning discus throw of 55.21 meters (181-2). He qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2012–2013 in the event and will look to get some more podium time in the coming weeks as the outdoor season heats up.

Next weekend marks a major benchmark for the team as the Longhorns head to the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States. The Penn Relays, held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, have gone on since 1895 and have been known to attract more than 15,000 participants and
100,000 spectators.

— Bradley Maddox

Volleyball

Playing in a tournament for the second weekend in a row, Texas volleyball went 2–1 in the Lone Star Classic College Showcase in Dallas on Saturday.

The Longhorns got off to a good start, defeating North Texas in two sets, but then dropped their second match of the spring in a 2–1 defeat to Texas A&M. Texas rebounded with a two-set victory over Texas Tech.

The tournament featured teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The Longhorns will close out their spring season against UTSA at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Austin.

— Jacob Martella

Women's rowing

With the spring season heating up, Texas traveled to Clemson, South Carolina, to compete in the Clemson Invitational. The No. 14 Longhorns, who are ranked nationally for the first time since 2012, defeated five top-20 opponents and posted one first-place finish. 

Saturday’s morning session included three battles between Texas and No. 10 Washington State in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races. Washington State edged out the Longhorns to take first place in all three races. In each race, the Longhorns finished no more than a one-and-a-half seconds behind Washington State.

In the afternoon session, the Longhorns posted a time of 6:22.8 in the varsity eight but finished second. The second varsity eight took third. The varsity four and second varsity four teams both claimed second place behind Virginia. 

The Longhorns began Sunday’s competition by challenging No. 12 Indiana in the varsity eight race, eventually finishing second. The Longhorns experienced similar results in the second varsity eight race, finishing second.

The Longhorns’ varsity four boat then took the first victory of the weekend, beating out Syracuse and Indiana to finish first with a time of 7:21.4. Texas closed out the weekend with a second-place finish against Indiana in the second varsity four race.

Texas will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, for the Dale England Cup next weekend.

— James Rodriguez

Following back-to-back sweeps against out-of-conference opponents , No. 10 men’s tennis will square off against No. 2 Baylor at the Caswell Tennis Center in Austin on Wednesday. Both teams are currently 2–1 in the conference and trail No. 1 Oklahoma by one match in the Big 12 standings. 

Wednesday’s match will feature two of the preeminent tennis players in the nation as No. 5 Søren Hess-Olesen will take the court for Texas against Baylor’s No. 2 Julian Lenz. Lenz, a junior from Giessen, Germany, won four of his previous five matches before falling to Oklahoma’s Axel Alvarez on Friday with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents. 

Texas’ contest against Baylor will carry extra weight for Hess-Olesen. The match will provide him an opportunity to secure his 100th victory at the singles position as a Longhorn. Hess-Olesen, who is looking to become the ninth player in the Longhorns’ history to reach 100 singles victories, has been stuck at 99 wins since his victory over Texas Tech on April 4. 

With two matches left before the Big 12 Championships on April 24, Texas will look to secure its position near the top of the conference standings. 

Photo Credit: Rachel Zein | Daily Texan Staff

Men's Tennis

No. 9 Texas took care of business against unranked UTSA on Tuesday, sweeping the Roadrunners, 4–0. 

The Longhorns improved their season record to 17–3 and are now 11–1 at home, coming just short of their undefeated home record last year. 

Texas’ doubles lines set the tone for the Longhorns early in the match, as seniors Lloyd Glasspool and Søren Hess-Olesen won at the No. 1 doubles line by a score of 6–2. The team of juniors Nick Naumann and Michael Riechmann then claimed the doubles point for the Longhorns at the No. 3 doubles line, winning 6–3. 

Naumann’s strong performance continued in singles competition as he won at the No. 4 singles line with a commanding 6–3, 6–1 victory. Naumann had struggled lately, losing four of his previous five matches before Tuesday. 

Tuesday’s match carried extra weight for Hess–Olesen as he was looking to reach his 100th career singles win in a Texas uniform. However, Hess–Olesen was unable to reach the milestone Tuesday as Texas swept UTSA before the conclusion of his match.

With only two home matches left in the season, the Longhorns will conclude non–conference play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Westwood Country Club in Austin on Wednesday.

Women's Tennis

Texas found success outside its conference with a 4–0 home sweep over Abilene Christian University on Tuesday.

On the doubles courts, freshman duo Danielle Wagland and Ryann Foster set the pace for the No. 36 Longhorns, defeating ACU’s Whitney Williams and Erin Walker. Following their example, Texas sophomores Ratnika Batra and Neda Koprcina clinched the doubles point, 6–4, after a battle against their Wildcat opponents.

In singles, Batra, making her first appearance after sitting out the last four games, took command of the court sweeping both sets against Williams, furthering the Longhorns lead to 2–0. 

Texas’ lone ranked junior, No. 48 Breaunna Addison, posted her sixth-straight singles win.   

Rounding out the 4–0 sweep, senior Lina Padegimaite posted a 6–1, 6–2 win.

With this victory Texas’ overall record advances to 8–9. The Longhorns will need to take this momentum going into their hardest conference game of the season when they face Baylor this weekend.

Despite not playing tennis until he was 10, senior Søren Hess-Olesen has become a leader for Texas tennis, taking the ITA All-American award in 2013 and 2014.
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As he stands at the baseline of the tennis court, senior Søren Hess-Olesen makes his job look easy — but each of his victories and accolades are hard-earned.

Hess-Olesen, who was born in Aarhus, Denmark, came to tennis late in his childhood. Unlike many European tennis players, who are enrolled in academies from a very early age, Hess-Olesen didn’t start playing tennis until he was 10 years old.

“Soccer was definitely my main sport growing up,” Hess-Olesen said. “Around the age of 10, I started playing [tennis] with my twin brother Esben. It was evident I had talent from early on, but I wasn’t good enough to compete in tournaments.”

Even as he moved his way up to the No. 1 ranking among Danish youth, Hess-Olesen wasn’t highly desired by colleges in the United States. Instead, Hess-Olesen reached out to a number of college coaches throughout the country — including Texas head coach Michael Center.

“Honestly, he didn’t have a great résumé of matches and tournaments,” Center said. “[But] we started to call around and found out he’s a very good player, and I jumped on a plane and flew to Denmark as soon as I could.”

Playing under Center’s coaching proved integral for Hess-Olesen’s development as a player. Hess-Olesen began his career at the No. 1 singles spot as a freshman — a feat no Texas player had achieved since Dimitar Kutrovsky did so in 2007.

“Looking back, playing at the top spot from day one really helped my game,” Hess-Olesen said. “There was a lot of pressure, especially going up against the top players in the country, but it made me more mentally tough. That was something coach always stressed during practices and matches.”

Over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons, Hess-Olesen’s game continued to grow. He earned a long list of awards, including
the International Tennis Association All-American award in both 2013 and 2014. He capped off his junior season with an appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, though he fell to the eventual champion, UCLA’s Marcos Giron.

Coming into this season, expectations were high for Hess-Olesen, who began the year ranked No. 13 in the nation. Hess-Olesen has managed to blow those expectations out of the water, reaching the No. 1 overall ranking in the most recent ITA polls.

As the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship semifinalist, 2014 Big 12 Player of the Year and 2013 and 2014 ITA All-American, Hess-Olesen is still adding to what will be a lasting legacy. But he said he hopes his legacy is defined in a different way.

“I want to be remembered as someone who did whatever he could to help his team,” Hess-Olesen said. “The awards are nice, but what’s really important to me is the work I put in to be the best player I could be.”

Following a 10-day break from match play, No. 8 Texas men’s tennis will begin its outdoor season against unranked Michigan State on Thursday at the Caswell Tennis Center. Thursday’s match begins a three-match run against Big Ten opponents for the Longhorns. Texas will face off against No. 4 Illinois on Saturday and No. 10 Ohio State on Tuesday.  

Texas comes into Thursday’s contest riding a four-match win streak, with all four victories coming against teams currently ranked in the top 20 of the ITA rankings. 

Senior Søren Hess-Olesen has been a standout during the Longhorns’ winning streak, climbing to No. 2 in the nation in singles — 11 spots higher than his preseason ranking. Hess-Olesen is currently undefeated this season, holding a record of 12–0 and the No. 1 singles spot for the Longhorns. Texas seniors Lloyd Glasspool and Adrien Berkowicz are the only other Longhorns to join Hess-Olesen in the national rankings, at No. 52 and No. 60 spots, respectively.

With Michigan State reeling from losses in three of its last four matches, Texas will look to find another win in its first outdoor match of the year. If they can secure the win, the Longhorns will continue their momentum in their highly anticipated matches against Big Ten powerhouses Illinois and Ohio State.

No. 9 Texas men’s tennis continued its undefeated season with a 4—2 victory against SMU on the road Saturday.

The Longhorns dropped two of three matches in doubles play — with the lone win coming from the senior duo of Lloyd Glasspool and Søren Hess-Olesen — but managed to remain undefeated on the back of four singles victories. 

Texas won the first set in five of its six singles matches to continue its strong singles play. Three Longhorns improved to 5–0 in singles play this season — junior Nick Naumann and seniors Adrien Berkowicz and Hess-Olesen won their matches in straight sets. The Longhorns faced an atypically large audience against the Mustangs, who had a raucous crowd thanks to a packed house at the new SMU Tennis Complex.     

The 5–0 Longhorns will have two home matches — against No. 62 Washington and No. 75 Rice — next weekend before they head to Chicago for the ITA National Indoor Championship on Feb. 13.

After a week off from action, the men’s tennis team will compete in the Florida Invitational while senior Søren Hess-Olesen competes in New York.

Representing the Longhorns at the Florida Invitational are seniors Adrien Berkowicz and Lloyd Glasspool, along with junior Nick Naumann. Sophomore George Goldhoff and redshirt freshman William Jou will also make the trip to Gainesville, Florida.

The Longhorns, however, will be without leader Hess-Olesen. The fifth-ranked two-time All-American received an at-large bid to compete at the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, New York, beginning Nov. 6.

No. 106 Berkowicz looks to bounce back from a strong showing at the Texas Regional Championship, which ended with a semifinal loss to unranked freshman Cameron Norrie of TCU. Jou, a Houston native, looks to improve a 1-3 singles record after going winless in singles play at his Texas Regional debut.

Naumann, who was ranked 113th in ITA preseason rankings, is still looking for his first singles victory this season while No. 31 Glasspool looks to improve a 1-3 singles record. Neither Naumann, Glasspool, nor No. 56 Goldhoff competed in the Texas Regional.

The Florida Invitational will begin Nov. 7 and run through Nov. 9. Play in New York will also run through Nov. 9.

Men's Tennis

Seniors All-Americans Søren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool easily advanced to the next round of the main singles draw at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as neither dropped more than three games in any set of their matches Thursday.

The duo, ranked No. 4 in ITA preseason rankings, lost in the first round of the main doubles draw to redshirt freshman Paul Oosterbaan and junior Ben Wagland of Georgia 6-1, 4-6, 1-0(3).

Senior Adrien Berkowicz started off strong, picking up three wins to advance out of the qualifying draw and into the main singles draw. But Thursday, in the round of 64, his run came to and end with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Oklahoma’s Axel Alvarez Llamas.

Berkowicz’s only other loss came in the first round of qualifying doubles after he and sophomore George Goldhoff fell to North Carolina’s sophomore duo of Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider 6-1, 6-4.

Goldhoff won his opening round in the qualifying singles draw but was unable to advance to the round of 32 after falling to No. 98 junior Dominik Koepfer of Tulane 7-6(5), 6-3.

Goldhoff, as well as juniors Nick Naumann and Michael Riechmann, finished the tournament with a 1-1 singles record.

No. 5 Hess-Olesen and No. 31 Glasspool will resume singles play Friday.

Women's Soccer

The women’s soccer team has faced ranked opponents in three of its last four games and will receive a well-deserved respite with a road contest against an unranked Iowa State team Friday at 7 p.m. The Cyclones are 6-6-0 on the season and have already dropped their first two conference games against Baylor and Oklahoma State.

Although Texas has slowed down since going undefeated through its first six games, Iowa State should be an easier match for the Longhorns compared to the national elites they’ve drawn recently.

Texas (6-4-2) began conference play by facing the two toughest teams in the Big 12. The Longhorns split last weekend’s conference home stand with an overtime win against then-No. 6 Texas Tech and a 2-0 loss to then-No. 17 West Virginia.

Freshman forward Olivia Brook has been the team’s leading goal scorer despite coming off the bench, but the starting attackers need to make an impact early in games if Texas is to succeed in conference play.

Head coach Angela Kelly expressed concern about the team’s execution in last weekend’s shutout loss to the Mountaineers.

“I’m disappointed in our decision making — we need to be more eager to receive the ball,” Kelly said. “We understand our decision making, and we understand that you don’t pick or choose when you show up. This is conference time, and you need to show up every game.”

Women's Tennis

Two-time All-American junior Breaunna Addison began the main singles draw Thursday afternoon, dropping the first round in a three-set match to Duke’s Ester Goldfeld in a tiebreaker, at the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, California. But Addison rallied off two straight games, winning the final one in dominating fashion and completing a come-from-behind victory (6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1) to stay alive. Addison will need to defeat five more opponents to take home the title.

The doubles side of the bracket didn’t turn out as well for the Longhorns, as freshmen Ryann Foster and Danielle Wagland fell Wednesday afternoon in straight sets (5-7, 3-6) to Stanford’s Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay. 

Foster and Wagland won three pre-qualifying matches to obtain a berth in the qualifying rounds but, ultimately, fell two wins shy of the main doubles draw.

Addison will continue Friday afternoon in the round of sixteen against Brooke Austin of Florida.