Ellis

Longhorns Aerial Ellis and Breaunna Addison both entered the ITA National Team Indoors with a 5-0 record in singles play, but continuing their perfect streaks proved to be difficult.

Ellis overcame Georgia’s Lauren Herring at No. 1 singles to claim the match (4-6, 6-0, 6-2). The win continued her undefeated streak for the moment.

Meanwhile, Addison had a rough time with No. 18 Maho Kowase. Competitive during her 5-0 mark, she lost her first match in straight sets (1-6, 1-6).  

Texas eventually lost to Georgia 2-4 for the second straight time at this event. The loss sent them to the consolation round against Texas A&M.

Addison and Ellis both won on Saturday, but not in singles play. Addison and teammate Noel Scott claimed an 8-6 upset win over No. 7 Stancu-Hristov while Ellis and Elizabeth Begley won their match, giving the Longhorns a 1-0 lead over the Aggies.

Ellis lost her first singles match this season against No. 3 Sanchez-Quintanar (2-6, 2-6). Addison followed with a straight set loss, her second loss in as many days as the Longhorns dropped another match 2-4.

Sunday against Alabama, Ellis beat No. 12 Mary Anne Macfarlane (6-4, 6-4), moving to 7-1 on the season. Addison collected her only singles win of the weekend against No. 13 Alexa Guarachi.

Despite their success on Sunday, the Longhorns lost to the Crimson Tide 3-4, putting them 0-3 for the weekend.

The Longhorns have two weeks to recoup before they head up north to face Big 10 opponents Northwestern and Michigan. 

Women's Tennis

The Longhorns’ improved performance at the Texas Regional Championships ends one day earlier than expected. Despite being shut out of the semifinals, the team gained valuable experience playing deep into the meet.

The doubles tandem of senior Aeriel Ellis and sophomore Noel Scott squared off against Texas Tech’s Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde in Monday’s quarterfinals. But the success of their 8-3 wins during the weekend did not translate into another win, as they were eliminated, 8-4.

While Ellis and Scott took the court against the Red Raiders, junior Elizabeth Begley and sophomore Lina Padegimaite went up against Baylor’s Ema Burgic and Jordaan Sanford. But Begley and Padegimaite could not stave off elimination as the Lady Bears won 8-5.

With the two losses Monday morning, the Longhorns will not have the chance to make it to the National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships by automatic qualification.

The women made the most of their opportunities in Waco. Five of the six Texas players managed to rack up multiple wins at the meet. As early as it is in the season, it is important for the Longhorns to gain as many wins as possible and advance to face tougher competition.

The most surprising aspect of the Longhorns play in Waco came from their doubles teams. Sophomores Scott and Padegimaite played the last two meets together, yet this weekend they paired up with Ellis and Begley, respectively. Both teams still managed to notch a couple of wins despite not having played together in nearly a month.

Competition was tough, but the Longhorns proved their worth in North Carolina this weekend.

Of the four girls that competed for the women’s tennis team at the Duke Invitational, senior All-American Aeriel Ellis and sophomore Noel Scott each advanced and won their opening matches of day one.

Ellis earned a quarterfinal berth with a straight set victory while Scott did the same in impressive fashion. The other Longhorns gave a valiant effort but were each defeated leaving Ellis and Scott to stand alone.

On day two, sophomore Noel Scott shined as she reeled off two straight set victories over opponents from Duke and Yale. This setup the All-Big 12 selection for a date with Duke’s Hanna Mar in Sunday’s final. Ellis suffered a straight set loss in her quarterfinal match but came back to win her consolation match earning a bid in the fifth place match Sunday.

Much to the chagrin of the Longhorns, day three saw Scott fall in straight sets in the finals of the Duke Invitational to champion Mar. Ellis fought hard in her consolation match but eventually was defeated in a three set decision.

Juniors Elizabeth Begley and Juliana Gajic, and sophomore Annat Rabinovich were the other three Longhorns to participate in the tournament.

The squad will continue their fall season when they host the Longhorn Invitational on September 21.

Aeriel Ellis extends for a serve.

Photo Credit: Trent Lesikar | Daily Texan Staff

It was a weekend to remember, but also a weekend to forget for the Longhorns.

Despite great victories from many players, Texas emerged from this weekend’s ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships with two losses.

The opening day of the tournament saw the Longhorns play a competitive match against No. 6 Georgia. Junior Aeriel Ellis toppled the No. 2 ranked player in the country, 2010 singles champion Chelsey Gullickson, to give the Longhorns an early boost of confidence. Freshman Lina Padegimaite won her singles match as well, but it wasn’t enough. The Longhorns fell, 4-2, to the Bulldogs.

On the second day, the duos of Padegimaite and Noel Scott, and Ellis and Cierra Gaytan-Leach easily took down their opponents in doubles competition. Although this gave the women two of the three doubles matches, the No. 11 Miami Hurricanes were too much to handle, sweeping all but one singles match en route to a 4-2 victory.

With two losses on their record, the Longhorns found it in themselves to take down No. 15 Clemson, 4-3. Ellis and Gaytan-Leach handily won their doubles match while also posting a singles win each. Elizabeth Begley and Krista Damico also won their respective singles matches.

The Longhorns will have a couple of weeks to reflect on this minor setback before they meet Northwestern on March 2 in Austin.

Printed on Monday, February 13, 2012 as: Texas handed pair of losses, Ellis dominates in singles