Lloyd Glasspool

Photo Credit: Marshall Tidrick | Daily Texan Staff

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.

The Longhorns got off to a fast start Friday, sweeping the doubles point and easily winning their first two singles matches. The day took a turn for the worse when No. 10 Texas found itself tied with No. 8 North Carolina after losing three consecutive matches. In the deciding match of the day, Longhorns senior Lloyd Glasspool trailed No. 19 Ronnie Schneider, 5–1, in the final set, but Glasspool, an All-American from Birmingham, England, rallied, winning six of the last seven games to prevail, 7–6, and secure the victory for Texas. 

The day was consistently tough for Texas, as it lost three consecutive matches before Glasspool’s strong showing brought the Longhorns the victory.              

“I don’t think it could have been any closer tonight,” head Coach Michael Center said. “I’m just proud of our guys, proud of Lloyd for hanging in there. It was a great win for us over an unbelievable team.”     

Texas will continue its homestand Sunday against No. 19 Wake Forest at the Caswell Tennis Center. It will be the Longhorns’ first outdoor match of the season.

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 Longhorns produced their third consecutive sweep Sunday as they defeated Arkansas 7-0.

Highlighted by junior Jacoby Lewis and senior Sudanwa Sitaram at the No. 3 spot, Texas clinched the doubles point to take a quick lead. Juniors Soren Hess-Olsen and Lloyd Glasspool followed suit with a double win of their own, while Arkansas took the No. 2 spot after a tiebreaker.

Junior Clement Homs appeared in his first career singles match where he won 6-2, 6-0. Texas took all five of its other dual matches as the Longhorns won their third sweep of the season, the first time in program history they have started with three shutout victories.

“We like our team; we like the way we have trained this season,” head coach Michael Center said. “We played a complete match today. They proved that we can put different people in and have them contribute.”

Texas now looks ahead to Jan. 25 when it returns to action at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Nashville, Tenn.

Texas juniors Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen defeated No. 3 Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M with a 8-7(6) win to claim the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championship doubles title Tuesday.

With the victory, Glasspool and Hess-Olesen improved to 10-1 together on the season, including a 4-1 record against ranked opponents.  With the regional title, Glasspool and Hess-Olesen received an automatic bid to the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in New York, which starts Nov. 7. 

They join freshman George Goldhoff, who claimed his automatic bid by advancing to the singles quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships earlier in the month.

The Longhorns finished the Regional Championship with a 20-10 mark in singles play and a 13-3 doubles record. Texas is now 49-35 on the season in singles play, including a 13-21 record against ranked opponents. The team is 26-10 in doubles play with a 4-4 record against ranked competition.

Texas will host the UT Invitational Oct. 25-27.

Texas continued its strong play in Waco on Monday with several Longhorns advancing deep into the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championship draw.

In the quarterfinals Shane Vinsant of Texas A&M defeated 101st-ranked junior Lloyd Glasspool in three sets (6-4,3-6,6-0). In another match 10th-ranked junior Soren Hess-Olesen and sophomore teammate Nick Naumann faced off with Hess-Olesen advancing on straight sets (6-4,6-0) to take on 56th-ranked Vinsant in the semifinals. Hess-Olesen was the tournament’s No. 1 seed but fell in the semifinals to Vinsant (6-4, 6-4).

In one doubles semifinal there was an all-Longhorn match between Glasspool and Hess-Olesen, and George Goldhoff and Jacoby Lewis. Glasspool and Hess-Olesen advanced (8-6) to take on Texas A&M’s Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow for the regional championship match Tuesday. 

Senior David Holiner fell to Tito Moreiras of Texas A&M (6-1,6-3) in the singles consolation quarterfinals while the team of Adrien Berkowicz and Sudanwa Sitaram advanced to the consolation semifinals, but fell in a walkover because of an injury.

Men's Tennis

The Longhorns kicked off a full two weeks of tennis with a win over a future conference opponent this weekend.

No. 8 Texas shut out the TCU Horned Frogs, who will join the conference this summer, 7-0 in Austin on Sunday with some strong finishes in the singles matches.

“I saw some improvements in some areas that we have been working on in practice,” said Texas head coach Michael Center. “That is what we are looking for right now, to get better. A big win against a good team like TCU feels good.”

Texas (11-3) got on the scoreboard first by winning two of the doubles matches. Junior Daniel Whitehead teamed up with junior Ben Chen at the second doubles line to hand Nick and Paul Chappell of TCU an 8-2 loss. The No. 35-ranked doubles pair of junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner clinched the point for Texas with an 8-3 win over TCU’s J.T. Sundling and Will Stein at the number one spot.

In a hard fought match at the number three doubles line, freshmen Soren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool lost their match against Daniel Sanchez and Max Stevens 8-9, 3-7 in the tiebreak.

In singles, the Longhorns scored a quick second point from Chen, who took down Stein in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Holiner was close behind, defeating Paul Chappell 6-0, 6-3 to give Texas its third point. Clinching the match for the Longhorns was No. 79 Whitehead, who beat Sundling 6-3, 6-1.

After dropping his first set 2-6, Glasspool came back to take the second set 6-3, and force a super tiebreaker for the third set. Glasspool won the tiebreaker 10-6 to claim the victory over Sanchez at the number four singles line, and put Texas up 5-0.

Playing in the number three singles spot, sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram dropped his first set in a tiebreaker, 6-7, but came back and took the second set 6-3 to force a tiebreaker for the third set to decide the match. Sitaram claimed the tiebreaker 10-6, and the win over TCU’s Facundo Lugones.

In the final match on court, No. 50 Hess-Olesen was tested with some lengthy points from Nick Chappell, but pulled out the win and the final point for Texas, 6-4, 6-4, getting the breaks of serve at three all in both sets.

This was the first of seven matches that the Longhorns will play over the next two weeks. The team will return to the courts on Thursday with a matchup against No. 25 San Diego, and will only have a day to recover for a doubleheader against No. 23 Florida State and No. 71 Nicholls State on Saturday.

After that, the Longhorns will take on the nation’s No. 1 team, USC, in Austin the Tuesday of spring break. After a few days rest, they will return to the courts for another doubleheader against Tulsa and UT-Permian Basin on March 18.

The last doubleheader the Longhorns hosted, they walked away with a 7-0 shutout over UTA, and a 6-1 win over UTSA. However, the Longhorns struggled in their singles matches during the night match against UTSA, so the team will need to get strong singles play in both doubleheaders to have a chance at making it through the next two weeks without losing their current top-10 ranking.