William Jou

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 golf

The No. 4 men’s golf team finished in sixth place after three rounds of competition in the season opening OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sunday.

After finishing 28 over par as a team Friday, Texas overcame its tough first round, battling back and finishing with a final score total of 892 (308-288-296).  

“I am happy that we followed a very rough first round with two solid rounds,” head coach John Fields said. “We have a lot of respect for Olympia Fields and our new freshmen are now acquainted with the demands of collegiate golf.”

Sophomore Gavin Hall (76-70-71) led the Longhorns, tying for eighth place overall individually. Freshmen Doug Ghim, Scottie Scheffler and Taylor Funk finished their first collegiate tournament 23rd, 42nd and 57th, respectively.

“This was an education this week for players and coaches alike,” Fields said. “We will be better next time out. I was thrilled with Gavin Hall’s top-10 finish. He was a solid player for us.”

The Longhorns resume competition at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational at Colonial Country Club from October 5-7 in Fort Worth.

Men's tennis

Men’s tennis began individual competition this weekend at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland.

Senior Jacoby Lewis, junior Michael Riechmann, redshirt freshman William Jou and freshman John Mee competed over the weekend in the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational, which was continuously altered due to rainy weather.

Only 14 of the 126 scheduled matches were completed Friday. To get back on schedule, singles players played eight-game pro sets while doubles players played six-game sets. On Friday, Mee won his first collegiate match against Rice sophomore Zach Yablon (6-4, 6-3), and Lewis lost to New Mexico freshman Bart Van Leijsen (6-3, 6-4).

Lewis bounced back in consolation play with an 8-5 win over Rice senior Srikar Alla before falling to UT-Arlington sophomore Mario Muniesa 8-5.

Riechmann, who transferred from Brown, also landed in the consolation bracket after an 8-1 round of 16 upset against Wichita State senior Tomislav Gregurovic. He responded with a solid 8-2 win over Texas A&M sophomore Max Lunkin and a tight 8-5 win over Lamar sophomore Michael Feucht. Jou opened his singles play with an 8-5 victory over Texas Tech freshman Hunter Holman, but fell 8-5 in the second round to Henry Adams, Abilene Christian University freshman. 

In doubles play, the Longhorns started strong before falling in the quarterfinals. Riechmann and Jou, who received a bye as the top seed, defeated the Wichita State duo of freshman Miroslav Herzan and sophomore Jocelyn Devilliers 6-4, but lost 6-2 to the tandem of sophomores Frankie Colunga and Lunkin of Texas A&M. Lewis and Mee defeated Rice’s duo of sophomore Henrik Munch and junior Gustavo Gonzalez in a 7-6 thriller before losing to the duo of senior James Hignett and Leijsen of New Mexico, 6-4.

The invitational was cancelled because of foul weather before a winner in singles or doubles was declared. The Longhorns will begin play again at the Cajun Tennis Classic on Thursday in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Women's soccer

The undefeated Longhorns rode a wave of confidence into Tampa, Florida, for the USF Soccer Classic on Friday. However, a lightning-delayed bout against Central Florida and a bruising contest against South Florida made for a rough weekend at the beach, leaving Texas with its first two losses of the season.

Missed opportunities defined Friday’s 2-0 loss at the hands of Central Florida. Despite 10 shots from Central Florida in the first half, both teams entered the break knotted up at 0-0.

The Knights responded with a goal less than three minutes after the break and added another after an hour and 45-minute lightning delay. In the second half, Texas launched 10 shots to Central Florida’s five, but none hit the back of the net.

South Florida doled out another 2-0 loss to the Longhorns on Sunday morning. By the time the final whistle blew, the refs had called 20 fouls and handed out three
yellow cards. 

The Bulls started the scoring in the 32nd minute after a collision momentarily pushed Texas junior keeper Abby Smith out of the goal and led to an easy point for the Bulls. A South Florida penalty kick midway through the second half sealed Texas’ loss. 

The Longhorns look to bounce back after a disappointing weekend when they face No. 1 UCLA, the defending national champion, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Austin.

William Jou did not think he would get the chance to represent the men’s tennis team after he first applied as a freshman at Texas. 

After choosing to pursue a degree at Texas, Jou emailed head coach Michael Center and hit for him in May during his summer orientation. 

“I hit that summer with [junior Jacoby Lewis] and a former player, Chris Camillone,” Jou said. “I didn’t make the team then, but I was asked to come back after the summer.” 

After spending his whole summer training, Jou tried again in the fall and knew he had made the team when he was asked about his
shoe size. 

Once aware that he had made the team, then ranked No. 8 in the country, Jou didn’t know what to expect. 

“Obviously Texas has a really good team, so I didn’t feel needed,” Jou said. “But this has been a great opportunity, and I have no pressure as far as expectations. It’s whatever I can make out of it.”

The mechanical engineering freshman picked up his first racket at the age of 5 and began playing with his father. 

“I feel I was a better player in the beginning of my career,” Jou said. “As I got older, I began to focus more on academics.” 

While in high school, Jou competed in USTA tournaments, Texas junior tournaments, national tournaments and even the Nike and Stanford junior tours. He played on the varsity team all four years at Memorial High School in Houston and won the state doubles title his senior season. 

“I have been playing tennis just as long as my teammates, [but] just not at the same level or intensity,” Jou said. 

Jou practices with the team for about three to four hours each day, and said he is treated equally, despite not being on scholarship like the rest of his teammates. He said being on the team has also taught him about time management.

“My teammates help me improve and encourage me to work harder every day,” Jou said. “We all get along.”  

Although he is not allowed to travel with the team yet, he attends every match he can.  

Jou has an older brother who is a UT School of Law student, but that’s not why Jou chose to come to Texas. 

“I felt like it was a good fit academically and a great place to pursue what I am interested in,” Jou said.