George Goldhoff

Photo Credit: Carlo Nasisse | Daily Texan Staff

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

Men's golf

No. 3 Texas men’s golf continued its strong momentum this weekend.

The Longhorns returned from the Linger Longer Invitational on Sunday with their third straight team win. The team collectively shot a 283 on the final round to pull ahead and snag the first-place spot. 

Sophomore Beau Hossler (67-69-68) once again led the charge for the Longhorns, making one eagle and five birdies on the final round to finish with second place on the individual leaderboard. This is his third-straight top-two finish. 

Senior Kramer Hickok (68-71-72) and sophomore Gavin Hall (69-73-69), who tied for eighth place with a 5-under-par 211, also finished in the top 10. 

“Our upperclassmen did a great job in tough conditions. Beau and Gavin, with 68 and 69, were outstanding. Kramer’s 72 was equally solid. Their combined experience served us well,” head coach John Fields said.

Rounding out the Longhorn contingency were freshmen Doug Ghim (69-74-74) and Scottie Scheffler (73-71-75).

The team has next week off and returns to the course April 4 at the Augusta Collegiate Invitational in Augusta, Georgia.

Men's tennis

No. 8 Texas faced off against unranked Texas Pan-American on Sunday, winning by a score of 5–2 at the Westwood Country Club in Austin. The match marked the Longhorns’ seventh win in eight matches and was their last match before the start of conference play. 

Over the course of spring break, the Longhorns also faced off against two Big Ten opponents, No. 2 Illinois and No. 11 Ohio State. Texas fell to Illinois, 4–2, but rebounded against Ohio State, winning by a score of 4–1.

The matchup against Texas Pan-American marked a change in the Longhorns’ lineup as head coach Michael Center sat his top-three singles players — seniors Søren Hess-Olesen, Lloyd Glasspool and Adrien Berkowicz — in order to give them some rest before Big 12 play. Sophomore George Goldhoff took over Hess-Olesen’s No. 1 singles spot. Junior Nick Naumann replaced the No. 2 singles spot, and freshman John Mee replaced the No. 3 singles spot.

Goldhoff made the most of his appearance at No. 1 singles, beating Texas Pan–American sophomore Juan Cruz Soria in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3. The win improved Goldhoff’s season record to 13–8. 

Texas will begin Big 12 play this week, facing off against Oklahoma State on Friday and No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday.

Women's tennis

No. 36 Texas finished off its three-game homestand with a 4–2 win against No. 18 Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Raiders started off strong with two wins on the doubles court to take the doubles point, but the Longhorns were quick to rally. No. 49 Texas junior Breaunna Addison defeated Texas Tech senior Kenna Kilgo on court one, 6–2, 6–0, to put a point on the board for Texas.

Following Addison’s win, freshman Ryann Foster and senior Lina Padegimaite both took command of their own courts and beat out their competitors to strengthen Texas’ lead.

The only loss in singles came from freshman Dani Wagland, who struggled against Texas Tech sophomore Lynn Kiro and fell, 6–3, 6–4.

The win marked an important shift for the Longhorns. After facing a series of injuries and a tough schedule, the Longhorns, who also took down two higher-ranked opponents last week, are returning to full power.

Over the break, Texas took on its first string of Big 12 dual-match games. It started off with a 4–2 win against No. 23 Oklahoma and then a 4–1 loss to No. 10
Oklahoma State.  

Texas then came home to Austin to play Yale and TCU before taking on the Red Raiders. The Longhorns took the lead early against Yale by winning the doubles point and then swept the singles for a 4–0 victory. Texas could not get the upper hand against No. 21 TCU and fell to the Horned Frogs, 4–0.

Texas is currently 2–2 against Big 12 teams, and its next match will be against Iowa State on Friday.

Men's tennis

No. 9 men’s tennis continued its undefeated season this weekend with two convincing victories over No. 62 Washington and Rice. The Longhorns began the weekend’s play by defeating Washington 6–1 in matches highlighted by strong doubles play, especially from sophomore George Goldhoff. Goldhoff, the ITA Texas Region Rookie of the Year, returned from injury Friday and won both the No. 2 doubles and No. 5 singles matches. 

“It was nice to see George out there get two wins — that added to our team’s overall effort,” head coach Michael Center said. “He brought a lot of energy and fire to the match tonight. It was contagious.”

On Sunday, Rice traveled to Austin and the Longhorns took care of the Owls in easy fashion, getting out to a fast start and never looking back. The Longhorns gained control of the match early, with All-American senior Søren Hess-Olesen’s dominant 6–1, 6–2 victory.

The Longhorns now look ahead to next weekend’s ITA National Indoor Championships in Chicago. If the Longhorns can keep their momentum going and have a quality showing at the championships, they will prove to be one of the preeminent programs in the nation.

Women's swimming and diving

The Texas women’s swimming and diving team continued its string of dominant performances Friday, winning 13-of-15 events to handily defeat TCU at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. 

A bevy of seniors kick-started Texas’ success early on Senior Day, as Sarah Denninghoff, Gretchen Jaques, Kelsey LeNeave and Emily Rose Williams pulled out a win in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:41.81. Jaques notched an individual win in the 100-yard breaststroke, in which Texas went 1-2-3 with sophomore Jordan Surhoff and senior Skylar Smith taking second and third, respectively. Freshman Mimi Schneider turned in the No. 21 time in the country in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.32. Fellow freshman Rebecca Millard led a strong group of Longhorns in the 100-yard freestyle, winning with a time of 50.57 seconds in a race that saw four Longhorns finish in first through fourth place. Sophomore Madisyn Cox wasn’t able to match her three-win outing against Arizona/SMU, but she still competed well, finishing second in both the 200-yard butterfly and 100-yard free. 

In addition to her contributions on the 200-yard medley, LeNeave earned two individual wins in the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle. Texas’ divers dominated as well, taking the top four spots in both the one-meter and three-meter boards, with junior Meghan Houston winning the one-meter board and senior Emma Ivory-Ganja taking the three-meter board. 

The Longhorns have a break until their next competition, when they host the Big 12 Championships from Feb. 25-28.

Track and field

After picking up three wins in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and one in South Bend, Indiana, the Longhorn track and field team returns to Austin with heads held high.

At the Meyo Invitational on the campus of Notre Dame, sophomore Sandie Raines represented Texas, winning the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9:15.73. Fellow 3,000-meter runner, senior Craig Lutz, recorded a time of 8:01.71, placing second in the men’s section of the race. These two times rank sixth and fifth on their respective all-time lists at Texas and put the runners in position to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

In New Mexico, the Longhorns’ men’s and women’s teams swept the 60-meter finals, and, in the process, set top-12 NCAA times. Sophomore Senoj-Jay Givans set the pace with a time of 6.62 seconds — the 12th best time in the NCAA after altitude adjustment. In the women’s bracket, junior Morolake Akinosun set the fourth best time in the NCAA after altitude adjustment this season with a mark of 7.20 seconds.

Jumping past the field, senior hurdler Morgan Snow finished with a time of 8.13 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles en route to picking up the win for Texas. Her time puts her second on the NCAA season leaderboard and was just .02 slower than her personal best.

Finally, junior Courtney Okolo, a Bowerman Award finalist, took home a time of 51.35 seconds in the 400 meters — the best college mark this season by almost half a second. Sophomore Kendall Baisden finished immediately behind her with a time of 52.91 seconds in the event.

This weekend, the Longhorns will split up again, this time between the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the Husky Classic in Seattle.

Men's tennis

The men’s tennis team concluded fall individual competition with nine singles wins and four doubles wins at the Florida Invitational.

The Longhorns started off hot, finishing the opening round with a 4-1 singles record. Senior Lloyd Glasspool, junior Nick Naumann and sophomore George Goldhoff didn’t drop a set against their North Florida opponents. Senior Adrien Berkowicz was forced to a third set against North Florida senior Norbert Nemcsek, but rallied to complete the sweep.

Glasspool and Naumann, who paired up for the first time in two years, picked up two wins in doubles play. Søren Hess-Olesen normally pairs with Glasspool, but he was in New York for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The senior two-time All-American was forced to withdraw from competition because of an injury.

Berkowicz and Goldhoff accounted for the other two doubles wins. They finished the invitational with an 8-5 victory over Nemcsek and No. 15 sophomore Jack Findel-Hawkins of North Florida.

No. 31 Glasspool went 2-1 in singles play, while No. 56 Goldhoff went 1-2. Berkowicz finished the invitational with a 3-0 singles record.

Redshirt freshman William Jou finished 0-3 in singles play. He teamed up with Miami freshman Kevin Bondar for doubles, and the duo went 0-3 for the weekend.

Naumann picked up his fifth win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 70 Florida junior Gordon Watson, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

The Longhorns will resume play when they host the UT Invitational on Jan. 9.

Women's soccer

Texas women’s soccer entered the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship against No. 9 West Virginia on the heels of a penalty shootout win over No. 16 Texas Tech in the quarterfinals. Fortune, however, was not with the Longhorns on Friday, as Texas drew West Virginia 0-0 and then lost the penalty kick shootout, 6-5.

The top-seeded Mountaineers entered the game with one of the best offenses in the nation, and it took brilliant play by Longhorn junior goalkeeper Abby Smith to keep them at bay. Before falling in the penalty kick rounds, Smith saved eight of the Mountaineers’ 24 shots to keep the game scoreless through 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.

Now, the Longhorns wait for Monday when they hear whether or not they qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

“We played overtime matches against the No. 16- and No. 9-ranked teams in a 48-hour span and fought each of them to the bitter end,” head coach Angela Kelly said. “This team has obviously shown it can compete with the best teams in the nation.”

Women's softball

Texas softball traveled to San Marcos to face Texas State on Friday night for its first away match of the fall season. The Longhorns collected an 8-2 scrimmage win to remain undefeated.

Sophomore infielder Devon Tunning had an excellent game, going 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and a home run. Senior outfielder Marlee Gabaldon and junior catcher Erin Shireman each tallied a home run. Gabaldon slapped a two-run home run, while Shireman hit a solo home run.

With its eight runs against Texas State, Texas has now outscored the opposition 51-7 this fall.

The Longhorn pitchers have also been exceptional so far this season. Freshman pitcher Erica Wright struck out five batters over two innings of work. In the five fall scrimmages, Wright has pitched 11 innings and has struck out 23 batters. 

Texas will finish off its fall campaign against the Sun City, Texas, Veterans at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Women's swimming and diving

The women’s swimming and diving team hosted their first meet this season Friday, falling to No. 9 Texas A&M, 169-131.

The No. 2 Longhorns put up a fight in five individual victories over Texas A&M, some races as close as milliseconds and fingertips apart.

The meet began with a race of that sort, as a slim 40 milliseconds determined the A&M victory in the 200-yard medley relay to start Texas out at a 5-point deficit. It wasn’t until the third event that sophomore Madisyn Cox pulled out a Texas win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.61.

Senior Gretchen Jaques once again dominated the 100 breaststroke in the fifth event of the meet, going 1:00.72.

Texas narrowed the point margin from 19 to 6 points with races such as the 200 butterfly, in which Texas had a 1-2-3 victory over A&M.

In the 200 backstroke, sophomore Tasija Karosas clocked in at 1:54.97, just five milliseconds behind Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton. 

All-American senior diver Emma Ivory-Ganja put a hold on the Aggies’ winning streak by placing first on the 3-meter board with 347.40 points, while Cox raced in the 200 IM, resulting in another Texas gain with a time of 1:59.64.

The Aggies, now 4-0, finished off the night with their 11th and final win against Texas in the 400-yard freestyle relay, besting Texas’ 3:21.65 with a time of 3:20.40.

Now with a current 5-1 standing, Texas has a two-week break before competing in the three-day Texas Diving Invitational at home from Nov. 20-22.

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.

Men's Tennis

The men’s tennis team will compete in the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this Saturday in a tournament that
goes until Oct. 6. 

Competing in the main singles draw are seniors Søren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool.

Glasspool, who ranked No. 31 in the preseason ITA rankings, finished last year’s tournament with a loss in the consolation quarterfinals. Two-time All-American Hess-Olesen, who ranked No. 5 in the preseason ITA rankings, finished last year’s tournament with a 1-1 record in singles play.

Hess-Olesen and Glasspool will compete in the doubles main draw and look to improve on last year’s loss in the consolation finals.

Senior Adrien Berkowicz will join junior Nick Naumann and sophomore George Goldhoff in the qualifying singles draw.

Goldhoff, the reigning ITA Texas Region Rookie of the Year, advanced to the main draw quarterfinals in last year’s tournament.

Berkowicz and Goldhoff will pair up in the qualifying doubles draw.

Junior Michae Riechmann will compete in the pre-qualifying singles draw.

Women's Tennis

Texas will travel to Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles for the ITA All-American Championships this weekend and will be there until the final day on Oct. 5.

Sophomores Ratnika Batra and Neda Koprcina, ranked No. 81 and No. 112 in the ITA rankings, respectively, will compete in the pre-qualifying singles draw. Batra is the first alternate to receive a berth to the qualifying singles competition if a player withdraws. Junior Breaunna Addison, two-time All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year, will compete in the main singles draw. Addison ranks No. 13 in the ITA national rankings.

 The doubles teams of freshmen Ryann Foster and Danielle Wagland, as well as junior Lana Groenvynck and sophomore Pippa Horn, will play in the pre-qualifying doubles draw to try and earn spots in the qualifying rounds. Pre-qualifying singles and doubles competitions are Saturday and Sunday, and the main singles competition will take place Oct. 2-5.

Cross Country

Texas will compete in the first major meet of the fall season Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota.

The invitational will feature many of the top-ranked teams from around the nation, including local rival Texas A&M, along with Ohio State, Iowa State and many more.

Both the men’s and women’s teams are coming off the heels of a sweep at the UTSA Ricardo Romo Classic last weekend. Redshirt freshman Robert Uhr was named Big 12 Runner of the Week for his performance in San Antonio with a mere 15:29.1, setting off a 1-2-3 finish for the Texas freshmen in the men’s race.

This was Uhr’s first weekly award from the Big 12 Conference for cross country and the first for the Texas men since now-senior Craig Lutz won on Oct. 18, 2011 during his freshman campaign.

The women’s race Saturday will feature six more teams than the men’s race, including Baylor.

BYU won the men’s Division I prize in 2013, and Arizona won the gold medal for the women, but neither team is returning to the race this year.

Soccer

The women’s soccer team began the season with a respectable 5-3-2 record, including a strong effort in a loss against No. 1 UCLA. This weekend, though, marks the start of Big 12 competition and Texas will immediately face the strongest punches the conference has to offer.

The Longhorns will take on undefeated No. 9 Texas Tech (9-0-0) Friday at 7 p.m. and face No. 17 West Virginia (7-2-1) Sunday at 1 p.m.  

Despite having been shut out in three of their last four matches, the Longhorns do not sound too concerned about letting recent struggles bother them.

“We’re just focused on Texas Tech. They’re a top-10 team, and we respect them and want to beat them,” senior defender Julie Arnold said. “We had a great weekend last weekend, played the top team in the country. We’re excited about Friday.”

Texas Tech will not need much offense to leave Austin with a win. The Red Raider defense, anchored by star sophomore keeper Lauren Watson, has held opposing offenses to only five goals on the season. Texas’ game Sunday will likely be more high scoring, as West Virginia has scored 12 goals in its last three matches.

The No. 20 Texas tennis team started off 2014 team-play right, sweeping SMU 7-0 Saturday.

First, sophomore Nick Naumann defeated Julio Olaya in straight sets (6-0,6-3). No. 75  Junior Soren Hess-Olesen won in straight sets over No. 73 Arturs Kazijevs (6-1,6-1). Junior No. 35 Lloyd Glasspool won in straight sets (6-3,6-2) as did junior Adrien Berkowicz (6-1,6-3) and freshman No. 24 George Goldhoff (6-2,6-4).

Senior David Holiner won in three sets over Arkidjas Slobodkins (6-3,4-6,6-3) to sweep singles. In doubles, No. 5 Hess-Olesen/Glasspool defeated Kazijevs/Nowicki (6-1) while Sanders/Lammons of SMU knocked off No. 35 Holiner/Naumann (6-3). No. 55 Lewis/Goldhoff defeated Russell/Slobodkins (6-5) as Texas took two of three in doubles play for the 7-0 sweep. It was their 17th consecutive season-opening match victory.

Texas travels to Houston to take on Rice Friday.

After receiving a first-round bye in the 20 pair doubles draw, No. 2 seed Lloyd Glasspool-Soren Hess-Olesen defeated Max de Vroome-Eric Johnson of USC (8-4) to advance to the quarterfinals. 

In the quarterfinals, they will face Benjamin Lock-Marco Nunez from Florida State on Friday. Glasspool-Hess-Olesen are now 11-2 as a pair this fall, receiving an automatic bid in this tournament by winning the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championship last month.

In the first round of the singles draw, freshman George Goldhoff fell to No. 85 Axel Alvarez in straight sets (7-5,6-1). Goldhoff is now in the consolation bracket of the singles draw. He is the first Longhorn to reach the ITA All-American Tournament quarterfinals since 1998.  Goldhoff is now 11-4 this fall, including a victory over No. 1 Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee.

The ITA Men’s All American Championship wrapped up Sunday, with several Longhorns making notable tournament runs.

In his first tournament at Texas, freshman George Goldhoff advanced from the qualifier all the way to the quarterfinals of the main draw where he fell to No. 38 Julian Lenz of Baylor in straight sets (7-5, 6-4). Goldhoff became the first Longhorn to advance to the ITA quarterfinals since 1998, knocking off four nationally ranked opponents including the top-rated player in the country. In the process Goldhoff received a bid to November’s USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in New York.

No. 101-ranked junior Lloyd Glasspool fell in the Main Draw Consolation quarterfinals in straight sets to No. 95 Daniil Proskura from Alabama (6-3, 7-6 (9-7))

In the finals of the main draw Doubles Consolation, Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen fell to No. 10 Guigon/Kopinski of Illinois in three sets (6-4, 0-6, 6-1).

Overall, Texas concluded the tournament 18-12 in singles overall including 10-8 against ranked opponents. The team went 6-6 in doubles including 3-3 against
ranked competition.