Neda Koprcina

For the first time in program history, Houston bested Texas, 6–1, over the weekend.

The teams split the first two doubles matches as Texas freshman Dani Wagland and sophomore Ratnika Batra defeated sophomore Despoina Vogasari and senior Elena Kordolaimi, 6–2. Houston sophomore Tina Rupert and junior Maria Cardenas dropped Texas’ junior Lana Groenvynck and sophomore Neda Koprcina, 6–5.

The Longhorns only had five healthy players for the match and did not have a third doubles team, so the Cougars took the doubles point by default.

In singles, Houston took a swift lead, taking victories over Wagland and senior Lina Padegimaite.

Batra was the only Longhorn able to take a singles win. She defeated Rupert in third singles, 6–2, 6–2.

In the last match of the day, Koprcina pushed back against No. 34 Vogasari, Texas Regional Champion — but lost in the end, 1–6, 6–4, 6–2.

The Longhorns continued their slump, but look to turn it around next weekend when they play Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament openers.

Neither the wind nor the Cyclones managed to faze the Longhorns on Friday night as No. 21 Texas swept Iowa State 7-0, the team’s second shutout of the season. 

Texas won the doubles point with victories from freshman duo Ratnika Batra/Neda Koprcina and senior-freshman tandem Juliana Gajic/Pippa Horn.

In singles play, senior Elizabeth Begley won 6-1, 6-1 when Sami Budai’s return fell short of the net at match point.

Batra remained calm against a frustrated Meghan Cassens, who yelled at herself constantly with each error made. Batra nearly shut out Cassens with a 6-0, 6-1 win.

Koprcina swept her first set and pulled ahead 4-0 in the second with a left-side return at the net. Her 6-0, 6-2 win over Ana Gasparovic clinched the match for the Longhorns.

The Longhorns also shut out West Virginia on Sunday, moving to 8-9 (3-1 Big 12) on the season.

The Longhorns ended their six-match losing streak Friday against No. 30 Houston before falling to No. 6 USC on Sunday.

No. 26 Texas (4-7) had not won a match in more than a month when it claimed its first doubles point against the Cougars. Winning four singles matches, the Longhorns clinched the match 5-0.

Sophomore Breaunna Addison and freshman Neda Koprcina led Texas throughout the weekend. Addison defeated two ranked opponents, including USC’s No. 26 Sabrina Santamaria. Santamaria was forced to retire because of injury. Koprcina also swept her matches, one of which was against the Trojans’ No. 99 Giuliana Olmos.

The Longhorns’ match against USC on Sunday moved to the Weller Indoor Tennis Center because of cold and wet conditions, marking the women’s first match at the venue.

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.