Clement Homs

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.
Photo Credit: Marshall Tidrick | Daily Texan Staff

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.

Men's swimming and diving

Fourth-ranked Texas traveled to Bloomington, Ind. on Friday and split wins against Indiana and Michigan for the second year in a row. 

The Longhorns cruised past the ninth-ranked Hoosiers with a 108-point victory, but fell short against No. 1 Michigan with a score of 166-134.

Texas began the meet strong with a one-two finish in the one-meter diving event. In another strong performance, freshman Michael Hixon claimed the event with 373.25 points while freshman Mark Anderson secured second.

Freshman Jack Conger took home first in all the backstroke events. Conger started by taking the 100-yard backstroke in 48.36 before winning the 200-yard distance in 1:45.13. Conger would then go on to capture his third win of the night in the 100-yard butterfly. Texas also saw great performances from junior Clay Youngquist, who notched wins in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle.

The Longhorn distance swimmers were headlined by sophomore Sam Lewis. Lewis put together a strong swim in the 1,000 and finished in 9:09.92.

The Longhorns will resume the regular season Nov. 8 when they take on Virginia, Penn State and West Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

Women's swimming and diving

Texas looked dominant in its wins against Indiana and Michigan in a double-dual meet Friday, beating the latter by a 210-90 margin.

Longhorn divers swept the three-meter event to open competition, with junior Emma Ivory-Ganja picking up her second win in as many weeks.

Senior Samantha Tucker won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:47.43, earning Texas’ first individual swimming victory of the day. 

Freshman Tasija Karosas finished first in the 200-yard backstroke for the third time this season, besting her two previous times with a mark of 1:56.74.

Texas concluded the meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, posting its best time of the season in 3:21.06.   

Up next the Longhorns will face Penn State, Virginia and West Virginia in a meet in Charlottesville, Va., on Nov. 8.  

Men's tennis

Texas juniors Adrien Berkowicz and Clement Homs played some of the best tennis of their young Longhorns careers this weekend, when they both advanced to the finals of their respective draws at the UT Invitational.

Berkowicz advanced to the finals in the A draw where he defeated Cutura (6-7, 6-3, 6-1) to claim the UT Invitational singles A draw title while Homs advanced to the finals of the B draw before falling to Texas Tech’s Jolan Cailleau in straight sets (6-3, 6-1).

Senior Sudanwa Sitaram, No. 93 in the nation, was also in the B draw falling to Cailleau (6-0, 6-3) in the quarterfinals. In the singles A draw, freshman George Goldhoff advanced to the semifinals before falling to Tyler Junior College’s Mate Cutura (7-6[7-4], 7-6[7-4]).

In doubles Cutura/James Martell defeated Goldhoff/Jacoby Lewis (8-3) in the round of 16. Berkowicz/Homs fell to TCU’s Andres Alfonzo/Trey Daniel (8-6) in the doubles quarterfinal.

Texas finishes fall tournament play 65-39 in singles.

Rowing

Both varsity and novice squads collected wins over the weekend at Austin Rowing Club’s 29th annual Head of the Colorado.

Texas’ varsity boat won the five-entry open eights race, sweeping the competition. The Longhorns crossed the finish line in 18:19.9, more than a minute and a half before second-place LSU Rowing Club.

Texas also claimed a win in the novice-2 eights race with a time of 21:25.2. The Longhorns finished ahead of Oklahoma by more than 30 seconds.

On Sunday, Texas’ varsity raced in New Jersey in the three-mile Princeton Chase. Two Longhorn boats competed in the 52-entry women’s varsity eight, finishing 27th and 28th. Texas’ A boat crossed the finish line with a time of 16:06.36 and Texas’ B boat just behind, with a time of 16:10.47.

The Longhorns also competed in the women’s varsity fours. Texas’ A boat finished 14th in 17:50.73 just behind Rutgers and Cornell. Following was Texas’ B boat in 27th place with a time of 18:32.37. 

Overall, women’s rowing found success in its regattas over the weekend. The teams prepare to wrap up their fall season this weekend in Tennessee at the Head of the Hooch.

Women's golf

The Alamo Invitational in San Antonio began Sunday for the women’s golf team, as it ended the first round in 14th place with a score of 7-over-par 295. 

Junior Bertine Strauss led the team and ended her day at 4-over-par 76. Freshman Julia Beck was in the No. 2 spot and finished with a score of 2-over–par 74. 

Sophomore Tezira Abe finished the best for Texas with an even-par 72, while sophomore Natalie Karcher finished with a score of 2-over-par 74. Abe ended tied for 27th, and then Beck and Karcher tied for 49th on the overall leader board. Oklahoma, ranked No. 5 in the NCAA before the event, took first place in Sunday’s round with a score of 10-under-par 350. 

Freshman Sara Scarlett, competing as an individual, and Anne Hakula in position five also participated in the event for Texas, ending the first round with scores of 10-over-par 82 and 3-over-par 75 respectively. 

The second round will begin Monday at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course.