Noel Scott

Breaunna Addison continued her impressive streak in singles over the weekend, as she won her seventh straight match. The freshman improved to 12-5 in dual match singles.

Against SMU, Addison and Noel Scott led the way at No. 1 doubles. The pair nearly won in eight straight games, going up 7-0 before splitting the last two to win 8-1.

The Longhorns claimed the doubles point with an Aeriel Ellis/Elizabeth Begley win at No. 2 doubles, 8-3.

Begley put the Longhorns up 2-0 with a win at No. 4 singles over Elena Fayner (6-1, 6-1).

Her win came just before the rain drops did, as a little precipitation fell onto the courts, suspending play for 25 minutes.

When play resumed, Ellis, No. 41 singles, defeated Edyta Cieplucha 6-1, 6-4 after trailing in the second set 2-3.

With the 3-0 lead, Lina Padegimaite and Lana Groenvynck won at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to clinch the match for the Longhorns.

Scott attempted to complete the sweep of SMU, but lost in a third-set tiebreaker.

The 6-1 win moved the Longhorns to 9-8 on the season. The team will finish its home stand this weekend with three matches, including one against Big 12 opponent Texas Tech.

The Longhorns got off to a shaky start during their three-match road swing in California.  

Stanford (No. 20, 8-2) and USC (No. 7, 10-2) welcomed Texas to the Sunshine State with two losses. Both opponents did not give Texas room for error, as the Longhorns won only two sets combined, one each by Aeriel Ellis and Noel Scott.

As a result the Cardinals and Trojans each defeated the Longhorns 7-0.

In singles, the first five players in the Longhorns’ order matched up against ranked opponents. Ellis and Addison lost to lower-ranked opponents in Stanford, followed by losses to top ten players in Los Angeles.

Texas made its last stop in California at the University of San Diego. The Longhorns started off by claiming the doubles point, earning their first two match wins during the road trip.

Ellis put the Longhorns up 2-0 with a win at No. 1 singles because of Laura Claus’ retirement in the first set. Addison and Elizabeth Begley followed up with wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, giving the Longhorns a road win, 5-2.

After snapping their four-match losing streak, the Longhorns returned to Austin and began Big 12 play against Oklahoma.

Addison/Scott kicked off play with a win over No. 19 Hermon Brhane/Whitney Ritchie, helping claim the doubles point.

The Longhorns went up 2-0 behind Lina Padegimaite’s near perfect match win over Whitney Wofford. The team did not look back, winning four of the next five singles matches to beat the Sooners, 6-1.  

On Sunday the Longhorns welcomed their other Oklahoma rivals, Oklahoma State, to Austin.

The two teams split the first two matches in doubles. They waited for the deciding match at No. 2 doubles between Ellis/Begley and Meghan Blevins/Karyn Guttormsen, which went to a tie-breaker. The Longhorns outlasted the Cowgirls, 9-8 (6) to take a 1-0 lead.

Oklahoma State did not challenge their 1-0 deficit. The top of the Longhorns order swept Oklahoma State to clinch the match at 4-0. Ellis, with a win over No. 83 Malika Rose, moved to 6-5 on the season.

The Longhorns continue their nine-match home stand Thursday against Iowa State.

Longhorns head to California for three match road trip

The Longhorns (3-5), have been down as of late, as they have lost five of their last six matches, all against ranked opponents.

As a result, the team has dropped to No. 38 in the rankings after starting the season at No. 11.

A turnaround is in need if the Longhorns plan to make the NCAA Championships.

The team will play in California from Sunday to Wednesday against Stanford, USC and San Diego. All three are ranked, with USC the highest at No. 12.

The top of the Longhorns’ order will have plenty of competition in singles. USC has three singles players ranked ahead of Texas’ No. 28 Aeriel Ellis. Stanford has three ranked players as well.

Sophomore Noel Scott will look to get out of her four match losing streak. Her record stands at 1-5 for the spring season.    

Ellis also needs a strong showing in her next three matches. The senior is 3-3 and is on a two match losing skid. Her last win came against a lower ranked opponent.

Texas begins its road trip Sunday in Palo Alto against No. 20 Stanford.

The Longhorns (3-5) have been down as of late, having lost five of their last six matches, all against ranked opponents.

As a result, the team has dropped to No. 38 in the rankings after starting the season at No. 11.

A turnaround is needed if the Longhorns plan to make the NCAA Championships.

The team will play in California from Sunday to Wednesday against Stanford, USC and San Diego. All three are ranked, with USC the highest at No. 12.

The top of the Longhorns’ order will have plenty of competition in singles play. USC has three singles players ranked ahead of Texas’ No. 28 Aeriel Ellis. Stanford has five players ranked in the top 125.

Sophomore Noel Scott will look to get out of her four-match losing streak. Her record stands at 1-5 for the spring season.    

Ellis also needs a strong showing in her next three matches. The senior is 3-3 and is on a two-match losing skid. Her last win came against a lower ranked opponent.

Texas begins its road trip Sunday in Palo Alto against No. 20 Stanford.

Noel Scott was in a position to clinch the doubles point and later the match against Rice. Both times she came up short and the Longhorns lost to the Owls.

No. 29 Texas (3-5) took the lead in doubles with a dominating win by Aeriel Ellis/Elizabeth Begley, 8-1. However, a loss by Lina Padegimaite/Lana Groenvynck left the deciding match at No. 1 singles.

Breaunna Addison/Scott built a 6-4 lead, but Rice’s Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath held serve and then broke the Longhorns to tie the match at 6-6. Rice held serve again to take the lead, 6-7 (Texas had not trailed since 1-2).

The duo came back to tie the match, but Rice won the last two games to take the doubles point.

In singles, No. 28 Ellis had the task of facing the decorated Beazant, ranked No. 71. The sophomore delivered a quick upset over Ellis (6-3, 6-1).

The Longhorns, down 0-2, rallied with three straight wins to take a 3-2 lead. No. 35 Addison tallied a win over No. 80 Harmath to put Texas ahead.

The deciding match was at No. 3 singles, after a loss by Juliana Gajic. Scott overcame a loss in the first and took a decisive second set to force a third.

Scott trailed in the third, 2-5, but rallied to close the gap to 4-5. But Liat Zimmerman took control of the final game and won 6-4. Rice took the victory over Texas, 4-3.

The Longhorns look to erase their two match losing streak next Sunday against Stanford.

The Longhorns went up against the Big 10’s best over the weekend and returned home with a 1-1 split to show for it.

Friday against Northwestern, No. 24 Breaunna Addison/Noel Scott continued their success over ranked opponents with a win over No. 15 Mushrefova/Hamilton. Texas claimed the doubles point with an Ellis/Begley win.

Singles play featured four matches that went to three sets. Addison and Ellis each pulled out victories over ranked opponents for the second straight match. Ellis’ win at No. 1 singles clinched the match and Texas won 5-2.

Sunday’s match against Michigan was a challenge for Texas and ended in a couple of upsets at the top of the Longhorns’ order.

The Longhorns began Sunday’s match with a loss in doubles, dropping all three matches, including an Addison/Scott loss to No. 6 Bolender/Bektas.

After a Scott loss in singles, Padegimaite put Texas up on the board with a win over Amy Zhu. Juliana Gajic tied up the match at two with a win over Kristen Dodge (7-5, 6-2).

A Begley loss put the Longhorns down 2-3 and in need of a win by Ellis to stay alive. But No. 48 Emina Bektas pulled off the upset to clinch the match for the Wolverines.

Addison continued her match at No. 2 singles but added to the loss column as she was upset by an unranked opponent.

The Longhorns return home to face Rice on Saturday.

Women's Tennis

Damp and windy conditions throughout the weekend did not slow down the Longhorns as they earned a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships next month.

Due to these weather conditions Saturday, the Longhorns’ match against Wichita State was postponed over four hours.

When the match resumed, Texas came out strong. 

In doubles, Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott teamed up to claim an 8-6 win after a 7-4 lead turned to 7-6. Lina Padegimaite and Annat Rabinovich won in an 8-7 (7-2) tiebreaker. The two wins gave the Longhorns the doubles point.

Wichita State made the decision to play only five singles players, so the No. 6 matches were defaulted giving the Longhorns a 2-0 lead.

Addison and Elizabeth Begley clinched their matches for the Longhorns at No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.

Sunday brought even windier conditions, but the Longhorns held strong against Utah.

Despite losing the doubles point, singles play was all Longhorns. Begley earned a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles while Padegimaite took No. 5 singles with a 6-3, 6-0 win to give the Horns a 2-1 advantage.

Addison held off a charge in the second set to win her match. Scott followed a few minutes after with a 6-4, 6-2 win after trailing 1-4 in the first set, winning the match for the Longhorns 4-1.

“I thought everyone came back really nicely after losing the doubles point,” Begley said. “Every one of us was focused on getting a singles point after the doubles.”

The win over Utah sends the Longhorns to the University of Virginia on Feb. 8 for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

In pursuit of her fourth appearance in the NCAA Championships, senior Aeriel Ellis started the spring season undefeated in singles play at the Miami Invite in Coral Gables, Fla.

Her weekend began with a match against No. 45 Cristina Stancu of Texas A&M. After dropping the first set 4-6, Ellis came back with two straight 6-4 sets to pull off the upset. Saturday’s matchup was no problem for Ellis, as she beat Vanderbilt’s Ashleigh Antal 6-1, 6-2. The two-time All-American capped off her weekend with a win over another ranked opponent, No. 51 Kelsey Laurente of Miami, in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

The rest of the Longhorns competed well throughout the weekend, posting five wins in each of the first two days, followed by six Sunday. All eight Longhorns won at least one match.

Freshman Breaunna Addison began her singles career with three match wins, including one over No. 57 Lina Lileikite of Miami. Her first two matches went to two sets, but her match with Lileikite went to three as she overcame a 6-7 loss in the first set.

Junior Elizabeth Begley and sophomore Noel Scott both knocked off ranked opponents, but they finished their weekends in different fashions. Begley claimed her only win of the weekend against No. 82 Sun Wen of Texas A&M but faltered in her last two matches. Scott collected two straight wins after a three-set loss to No. 3 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of A&M.

Scott and Addison went 2-1 in doubles play, defeating A&M’s No. 7 Hristov/Stancu in the process.

The Longhorns will host Wichita State next Saturday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

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.

Women's Tennis

The Longhorns made plenty of noise this weekend with the Texas Regionals under way in Waco. Four Longhorns took action in the singles round of 32, with two advancing further.

Sophomore Noel Scott started the weekend strong, as she cruised through her first three matches, all in straight sets, and went on to defeat Texas A&M’s Wen Sun (6-4, 6-3) to advance to the quarterfinals. Scott hit a roadblock Sunday afternoon as she was eliminated by Aggie Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (6-4, 6-2).

Senior Aerial Ellis advanced to the round of 16 in a different manner than that of her teammate Scott. After a bye in the first round, Ellis went to three sets in each of her next three matches. She won the first two (6-2, 2-6, 6-1) and (7-5, 4-6, 6-4), but was upended by TCU’s Stefanie Tan (1-6, 6-3, 2-6) in her third match.

Junior Elizabeth Begley and sophomore Lina Padegimaite also appeared in the round of 32. Begley was eliminated in straight sets to Rice’s Natalie Beazant (7-5, 6-4). Unfortunately, Padegimaite retired due to injury in the second set of her match against Texas Tech’s Elizabeth Ullathorne.

Two Longhorn doubles teams experienced success during the weekend, and put themselves in a position to meet in the semifinals. The team of Ellis and Scott reached the quarterfinals with two 8-3 match wins. Begley and Padegimaite advanced to the quarterfinals with match wins of 8-2 and 9-7.

The pairs look to advance to the final four Monday morning.