Breaunna Addison

Addison, Begley improve records at home for women's tennis

Texas dropped two home matches over the weekend against top-20 competitors though two of its players stole the show.

Sophomore Breaunna Addison knocked off Northwestern’s No. 30 Veronica Corning (6-3, 6-2) before besting that performance Sunday against Vanderbilt’s No. 48 Georgina Sellyn. With her feet shifting constantly throughout the match and no problems returning the ball, Addison overpowered Sellyn 6-0, 6-1.

Senior Elizabeth Begley proved just as impressive. Begley picked up a hard-earned 7-6, 7-5 victory on Saturday to return energized Sunday against Lauren Mira. Propelled by a supportive crowd, Begley won 6-2, 6-0.

Begley’s victory put Texas in winning position after sophomore Lana Groenvynck won her first singles dual match of the season.

Two straight Commodore victories put the deciding match at No. 5 singles. Pippa Horn sustained a left-leg injury shortly before she forced a third set in which she lost to Vanderbilt 4-3.  

The Longhorns head into a two-week layoff on a six-game losing streak.

—Chris Caraveo

Men’s tennis moves onto consolation round 

Texas men’s tennis defeated No. 4 Georgia in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Friday at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club. With a winning score of 4-3, No. 10 Texas advanced to the quarterfinals to face No. 5 Ohio State at the Downtown Club at The Met.

Texas began the tournament with three consecutive singles wins from sophomore Nick Naumann (6-4, 6-3), junior Lloyd Glasspool (6-4, 1-6, 6-4) and junior Soren Hess-Olesen (5-6, 6-1, 6-4).

But before it reached the semifinals, Texas fell 2-4 to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. Glasspool led Texas by giving the team its first point in his match against Chris Diaz (6-2, 6-5) that tied the dual at 1-1.

Ohio then took three straight victories over Texas, bringing the score to 4-2. Texas kept its consistency in score Sunday, downing No. 11 California 4-2 in consolation.

—Brianna Holt

Women’s track and field back up No. 1 ranking in split meets

When a team secures the top spot in the national ranking, it usually has no place to go but down. But last weekend at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas and the Iowa State Classic, the top-ranked Longhorn track and field women’s team somehow managed to do just that, improving its national standing in several events.

At the Iowa State Classic, senior Sara Sutherland positioned herself to qualify for indoor nationals in the 5,000 meters with a second place finish of 15 minutes, 53.98 seconds. The time is good for eighth best time in the nation. 

In Arkansas, the 4x400-meter relay team of Kendall Baisden, Briana Nelson, Courtney Okolo and Ashley Spencer continued its recent dominance. Finishing four seconds ahead of runner-up Texas Tech, Texas snatched a nation-leading time of 3 minutes, 30.12 seconds. 

Next weekend, the Longhorns take a well-earned bye in order to prepare for the Big 12 Indoor Championships. The championships will be at Iowa State Feb. 28 – March 1.

—Daniel Clay

Bilderback bests own 400-meter as No. 13 men's track and field moves closer to Big 12 Championships

In its final competition before the Big 12 conference meet in two weeks, the men’s track and field team split up over the weekend, sending distance runners to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Classic while the rest of the team traveled to Arkansas for the Tyson Invitational.

As the regular season comes to a close, the Longhorns aim to solidify their spots on Texas’ final 26-man conference meet roster. From there, each must finish with a top-16 national placement in his event to qualify for the national championships.

The No. 13 Longhorns had several impressive performances, but none more so than that of Zack Bilderback. The sophomore ran a new personal best of 46.47 in the 400 meters, a time that not only placed him third in the race at the Tyson Invitational but also moved him from 27th to No. 12 on the national qualifying list. 

With another impressive race at the conference meet, Bilderback may be able to lock in a spot in the national meet.

—Grant Gordon

The Longhorns took 12 matches to tiebreak decisions, but experienced few victories at the Miami Spring Invite.

Over the course of the three-day event, the team won six of the 30 matches it competed in. Half of those wins came Friday, as sophomore Breaunna Addison, senior Elizabeth Begley and freshman Ratnika Batra won their singles matches against Memphis.

Six of the Longhorns’ seven singles matches against No. 9 Miami on Saturday went to three sets.

After sweeping Memphis’ Alyssa Hibberd on Day 1, No. 22 Addison lost in three sets to No. 64 Kelsey Laurente the next day.

First semester freshman Neda Koprcina helped pick up two of Texas’ six wins. She defeated Clementina Riobueno in a third-set tiebreaker 10-8 for her first collegiate victory.

Then, on Sunday, Koprcina teamed up with Begley and won in doubles against a Memphis duo. It was the Longhorns’ lone win Sunday and second doubles victory at the invitational.

The meet offered Texas a look at No. 16 Vanderbilt, whom they will face at home in February. The Longhorns struggled victory-wise as the Commodores swept all 10 matches.

Texas begins the dual-match season with 10 straight non-conference home matches. Their first opponent will be UT-San Antonio on Wednesday.  

Sophomore Breaunna Addison gets a homecoming of sorts today as she returns to action in the Miami Spring Invite.

Addison burst onto the college tennis scene at last year’s Invite with a 3-0 performance in singles play. In just her first semester at Texas, Addison became an All-American in singles with a 30-7 record. She also appeared in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship.

Addison, ranked No. 22 in singles, will need another season like that if she and the Longhorns want to return to the NCAA Tournament.

The team enters the spring season 17th in the ITA Team Rankings. They face a brutal non-conference schedule, with 10 of their first 12 opponents currently ranked inside the top 36.

Their first challenge will be No. 9 Miami (FL) followed by either No. 16 Vanderbilt or No. 31 Memphis.

The Miami Spring Invite begins Friday and will conclude Sunday.

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They have been teammates for less than three months, but sophomore Breaunna Addison and freshman Pippa Horn are playing well with each other on the court.

Both women are relatively new at Texas. Horn is in her first semester. Addison started her Longhorn career in January, so she has yet to complete a whole year.

The duo, ranked No. 41, began doubles play Thursday at the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Regional winners from across the country will be in attendance.

Coming off their doubles title at the Texas Regional Championships, Addison said the two assessed their play and thought of strategies for New York.

Though the event will be indoors, Addison said she and Horn should not have a problem.

“We’ve practiced indoors once in the last couple of months, so I know it is going to be a big change,” Addison said. “We just have to make some adjustments with our feet and shorten our backswings, so I think we’ll be okay.”

It also helps that Addison used to live in Washington and played tennis inside almost every day.

The two flew to New York two days before the meet to adjust to the court conditions. With that extra time, Addison said she hopes they get some leisure time.

“I’d like to think so, but I’m not counting on it. We’ll probably just stay in the hotel and try to make sure we stay healthy,” Addison said.

When the competition gets underway, she will rely on a small snack to keep her strong.

“I’ve been eating a lot of Gatorade chews, to be honest,” Addison said. “They’re not the best, but they really get you going if you’re a little down or tired.”

In preparation for the tournament, Addison and Horn have been hitting on weekends. They also perform doubles drills, trying to find ways to mesh with each other.

“We’re a really good team,” Addison said. “We just need a few more matches under [our] belt to get really comfortable with each other.”

Addison has performed better thanks to Horn’s play. She has a strong forehand move and plays aggressively in the backcourt, putting her in a good position to knock off a couple of volleys.

While Addison and Horn compete in New York, their teammates back in Austin will host the Longhorn Invitational.

“It’s unfortunate because we’ve been rallying for fans for the last month, so I was kind of hoping to play in it,” Addison said. “But we’ll be supporting each other even though we’re not in the same place, and I know we’ll do well.”

With Longhorns competing thousands of miles apart, Texas will be represented well, down to the beverage Addison drinks most on the court.

“I’ll definitely go with the orange Gatorade, especially since I go to UT,” Addison said. “I got to represent.”

After a five-day wait, sophomore Breaunna Addison’s first singles appearance at the ITA All-American Championships was short-lived. 

Addison played Thursday against No. 11 Kyle McPhillips of UCLA in the first round of the main draw. McPhillips eliminated her from championship contention in straight sets (7-5, 6-3). 

She also lost quickly Friday to No. 26 Nadia Ravita of Kentucky in the consolation round.

The All-American was not as prepared as she wanted to be against her ranked opponents.

“Breaunna fought hard but has battled through some physical challenges lately,” head coach Patty Fendick-McCain said in a statement. “She didn’t get to prepare the way she would have liked to in order to compete at her best. It was a tough week but I am confident she will bounce back like the champion that she is.”

The Longhorns finished 7-6 in Southern California. Addison and Horn won three in doubles competition. Freshman Ratnika Batra collected four singles matches, including two over ranked players.

Texas heads to Fort Worth on Oct. 17 for the ITA Texas Regional Championships.

Texas will bring four players to the Golden State Saturday for the ITA All-American Championships.

Sophomore Breaunna Addison will make her first appearance at the event, coming off a 4-0 mark at the Duke Invitational. She will have the first four days of the singles tournament to prepare for the preliminary rounds before reaching the main draw.

Addison will also team up with freshman Pippa Horn — her first outing as a Longhorn — in doubles Tuesday.   

Elizabeth Begley begins her senior season Saturday in the pre-qualifying singles draw.

Despite sharing the court with Addison at Duke, freshman Ratnika Batra will pair up with Begley in the doubles preliminary.  

The preliminary rounds begin Saturday at the University of California-Los Angeles. The qualifying and main draws start Thursday at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Longhorns finish season No. 18

Texas woman's tennis began NCAA Tournament play with a sweep of William and Marry University. Their opening round success set them up for a a match against the University of Virgina in the second round.

Texas won the doubles point and singles players Aerial Ellis and Breaunna Addison held court for the Longhorns, but Virginia proved to be too much and was able to advance to the third round of the tournament in front of their home crowd at the Snyder Tennis Center.

The No. 18 Longhorns finished the season with a record of 18-1.

Though the Longhorn women were unable to hold court, singles players Aerial Ellis and Breaunna Addison received draws for the woman's singles tournament, while Breaunna Addison and teammate Noel Scott received a draw for woman's doubles. 

Scott and Addison were edged out of the tournament's first round, while fellow Longhorn teammate Aerial Ellis began her tournament play against North Carolina's Joelle Kissell. Ellis was able to knock out Kissell after hard fought sets. 

Ellis was unable to move forward in the tournament's next round. Ellis finished her career as a Longhorn with two All-American nominations and an ITA Texas Region Player Rookie of the Year Award, among many other accolades as a Longhorn.

As a first year freshman, Addison stormed through competition on her way to the semi-finals before meeting Stanford's defending champion, Nicole Gibbs, where she fell short.

Addison's first round victory made her the first Longhorn freshman to win a match in the 64-player NCAA singles draw in 17 years. After her win in the second round she sealed her spot as an ITA All-American and finished her freshman season with a record of 30-7.

 

If the defending champions want to go back-to-back, they will have to do so as the third seed in this weekend’s Big 12 Championship.

Texas (14-10, 7-2) enters the conference championship as the third seed, behind Texas Tech and Baylor, the two teams that delivered the Longhorns their two conference losses this season, both by a 4-3 decision.

Last year the team entered as a four-seed and beat top-seeded Texas Tech en route to a win over former conference foe Texas A&M in the finals.

Up first against the Longhorns is host Oklahoma, whom Texas beat 6-1 earlier in the season.

Senior Aeriel Ellis, No. 39 in ITA singles, heads into her final conference tournament with a 9-0 record in league play. She missed out on being Big 12 champion at No. 1 singles since she only held a 5-0 record at the position, ceding the spot to freshman Breaunna Addison the last four matches.

Addison and junior Elizabeth Begley both earned individual titles at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, as both went 8-1 in the conference.

The Longhorns also feature No. 18 Addison/Noel Scott in doubles. The pair went 5-4 in the Big 12, just one win ahead of last-place Kansas in first doubles.

Texas and Oklahoma begin play at 3 p.m., with the winner advancing to play Texas Tech or Kansas State/West Virginia.

If the defending champions want to go back-to-back, they will have to do so as the third seed in this week’s Big 12 Championship.

Texas (14-10, 7-2) enters the conference championship as the third seed, behind Texas Tech and Baylor, the two teams that delivered the Longhorns their two conference losses this season, both by a 4-3 decision.

Last year the team entered as a four-seed and beat top-seeded Texas Tech on route to a win over former conference foe Texas A&M in the finals.

Up first against the Longhorns is host Oklahoma, whom Texas beat 6-1 earlier in the season.

Senior Aeriel Ellis, No. 39 in ITA singles, heads into her final conference tournament with a 9-0 record in league play. She missed out on being Big 12 champion at No. 1 singles since she only held a 5-0 record at the position, ceding the spot to freshman Breaunna Addison the last four matches.

Addison and junior Elizabeth Begley both earned individual titles at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, as both went 8-1 in the conference.

The Longhorns also feature No. 18 Addison/Noel Scott in doubles. The pair went 5-4 in the Big 12, just one win ahead of last place Kansas at first doubles.

Texas and Oklahoma begin play at 3 p.m., with the winner advancing to play Texas Tech or Kansas State/West Virginia.

Parker French looks to bounce back from a loss to Oklahoma in last weekend's series when he faces Kansas in Game 1 of a crucial series for Texas. French is 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA this season. 

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The streak is alive, but even if it ends soon, Breaunna Addison will keep on moving.

Last weekend, Addison, a freshman at Texas, won her tenth consecutive singles match in a bout against Boston University on Sunday — a match, she said, that gave her all she could handle.

“My match on Sunday was probably the toughest [this season],” she said. “My opponent had a lot of variety in her moves and I was tired. I did not want to give up the streak, but at the end of the day it is about the team and not me.”

Before her time as a Longhorn, Addison grew up and played tennis in Boca Raton in South Florida. It is home to Florida Atlantic University and has been a residential area for well-known athletes such as Pete Rose, Jeff Gordon and Cris Carter.

After growing up watching tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams and her favorite, Roger Federer, she decided to give tennis a shot. Addison said that she wants to adjust her style to be like Federer’s, which means incorporating mixed angles while returning and playing strategic tennis.

Addison enjoyed success in high school and at one point was ranked sixth in the nation. She won the prestigious Orange Bowl in 2009 as a 14-year-old playing in the 16-year-old division.

She has also played against, and beaten, Sloane Stephens, who is best known today as the American who defeated the decorated Serena Williams at the Australian Open this year.

Head coach Patty Fendick-McCain said she admires Addison’s passion for the game and her attention to the team.

“Breaunna is such a tremendous person and a team player,” Fendick-McCain said. “It is good to see her doing well this season considering she just started in January.”

She also said that Addison is extremely coachable during practices and matches, and that her feedback has been beneficial to the coaching process. Addison has a similar admiration of her coach, who she credits as being the person who has helped her develop into a better player the most.

“Many people have had an influence on me from the beginning,” Addison said, “but Patty really pushes me and does not let me cruise
through practice.”

Her teammates have also been a wonder to her development as a team player. Despite not knowing anyone before she arrived, Addison received everyone’s help along the way.

Sophomore Noel Scott, Addison’s doubles partner and roommate at Texas, helps set up Addison for her impressive singles outings because of her own aggression in doubles. As a result, the two have shared a close bond when it comes to talking tennis and going about their days.

As the season continues, Addison said that it will be important for her to stay focused in practice and go out and play at her best for the team, win or lose. That alone will determine how successful her first season will be.