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Following a strong showing at the Texas-Hawaii Classic, the Texas women’s golf team will continue its season this week at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Kapalua, Hawaii.

The Anuenue Spring Break Classic at the Kapalua G.C. Bay Course is the ninth event of the season for the Longhorns. Although the Longhorns have not won any events so far this season, they have competed through cold and windy weather with performances that have kept them in competition until the last day of every tournament.

For the fifth-straight time this season, the Longhorns will feature a lineup with junior Tezira Abe, sophomore Julia Beck, sophomore Anne Hakula, junior Natalie Karcher and senior Bertine Strauss. The group will try to put the Longhorns on the top of the leaderboard. Sophomore Lara Weinstein will also be competing as an individual at the tournament.

The Longhorns will be one of 16 teams participating on the par-72 course. In a season in which the Longhorns have already produced strong results, they hope to put it all together and earn their first team win this season at the 54-hole tournament.

The Longhorns will play their first home games of the season this weekend with a matchup against No. 25 Arkansas on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. contest Sunday against Nevada. The games come on the heels of a trip to Honolulu, where Texas tied Arizona State and came from behind to defeat Hawaii in the Outrigger Resorts Shootout.

The Longhorns’ strong play in the shootout resulted in four players earning spots on the all-tournament team.

Texas will need to make sure that its solid play in Hawaii was not drained by the jet lag. Arkansas should provide the Longhorns with one of their first big challenges of the year.

The Razorbacks, one of four ranked teams in the SEC, carry an undefeated record and return eight starters from last season’s team that reached the Sweet Sixteen.  

Nevada struggled last season, ending with a 5-11-4 record, including a 3-6-1 record in Mountain West play.

Texas returns five players with four goals from last season. The returning goal scorers, combined with junior goalkeeper Abby Smith, may be enough for the Longhorns to take down their first of four ranked opponents on the season and get reparation for barely missing out on last year’s NCAA Tournament.

Senior defender Whitney Jaynes runs downfield against TCU last season. Jaynes tallied Texas' winning goal Monday against Hawaii to give the Longhorns their win of the season. 

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Texas women’s soccer scored a late goal Monday night, securing a 2-1 victory against Hawaii at Waipi’o Peninsula Stadium in the Outrigger Resorts Shootout.

Texas fell behind early as Hawaii’s senior midfielder Krystal Pascua opened up the game with a goal in the fifth minute.

But the Rainbow Wahine’s lead didn’t last long as Longhorn junior midfielder Lindsey Meyer scored the equalizer in the 22nd minute.

After Meyer’s goal, the game stayed even through the rest of the first half. The Longhorns were finally able to break through in the 73rd minute when senior defender Whitney Jaynes scored an unassisted goal to give Texas a 2-1 lead. This was Jaynes’ first goal of the season and her second career goal.

Hawaii was unable to find the back of the net in the waning minutes, and Texas won its first game of the season and improved to 1-0-1 to start the year.

Four Longhorns were named to the Outrigger Resorts Shootout All-Tournament team: senior defender Brooke Gilbert, senior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle, junior midfielder Lindsey Meyer and junior goalkeeper Abby Smith.

Texas will play the Arkansas Razorbacks in its home opener Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Senior center fielder Mark Payton has carried the Longhorns’ offense this season, and leads the Big 12 with 22 hits, .458 batting average, and a .559 on-base percentage.

Photo Credit: Sam Ortega | Daily Texan Staff

Strong pitching has been the catalyst for the No. 10 Longhorns, whose offense has started to find its groove during a five-game win streak.

Texas (10-3) secured its fifth win in a row Tuesday against Valparaiso behind seven pitchers who allowed just one run on four hits in the 7-1 victory. Freshman pitcher Blake Goins picked up his first collegiate win after throwing three scoreless innings.

“Well, Goins looks like he could step into the arena pretty quickly,” said head coach Augie Garrido after the performance. “What I like about it is [the pitchers’] overall confidence in themselves and what they contribute to the pitching staff.”

The Longhorns’ pitching staff has surrendered just four runs during the winning streak, compiling a 0.77 combined ERA in 47 innings.

Texas’ seven runs in the win against Valparaiso gave it 17 in the last five games, but the statistic that jumps out of the box scores is the team’s 33 combined hits in the last five games. Hitters are getting on base, forming a confidence that should keep the Longhorns moving forward.

Garrido still feels that for the team to truly rise to its potential, it must start making sacrifices to master all of the little things.

“I still think the scope of our game is very small,” Garrido said. “What I mean by that, is you don’t see us stealing a lot of bases; you don’t see us running any crash bunt defenses. You don’t see us doing many hit-and-runs or things like that because we are playing the game we know how to play at this moment in time because that is what we know how to do. We need to expand the scope of our game, and when we are going to do that, I don’t know.”

The Longhorns will host the four-game series against a Hawaii team that is 6-6 on the season, coming off of a four-game series split with Pepperdine. Hawaii’s offense is hitting just .252 as a whole this season, but averages slightly more than five runs per game, which should test the effectiveness of the Texas pitching staff.

Senior outfielder Mark Payton has shouldered most of the load for the Texas offense this season as he enters the weekend series with a team-leading .458 average and nine RBIs. Freshman batters like Kacy Clemens and Ben Johnson have come on lately to lend Payton a helping hand, instilling the right mindset into the team.

“I think he is playing defense at an extremely high level, and offensively he is playing OK,” Garrido said. “He has one RBI, and it was an RBI that won a game. We have used the model of the Red Sox; we have used the model of UCLA. Don’t worry about the batting average — just make your contribution. Keep battling, keep battling, don’t worry about your batting average.”

With confidence soaring and the right mindset finding its way to the surface, the Longhorns will look for their sixth-straight win Friday in Game 1 against Hawaii.

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Astronomer Taft Armandroff was announced as the new director of UT’s McDonald Observatory on Monday.

Armandroff will replace current director and astronomy professor David Lambert, who announced his plans in April to retire after serving as director for 10 years. Armandroff, who will be the fourth director of the observatory, will take over as director in June. Armandroff is currently director of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale University, Armandroff also worked at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tuscon, Ariz., for 19 years.

Armandroff said he has two primary missions for his first five years on the job, including keeping the technology and research at the McDonald Observatory on the cutting edge.

“The other area that I’m really interested in, as well as the rest of the astronomy faculty, is to have Texas firmly commit to building an even larger telescope in Chile,” Armandroff said. “It’s called the Giant Magellan Telescope. It will have an effective diameter of almost 24 meters, so that’s a huge increase in the collecting area compared to the biggest telescopes we have today.”

Armandroff said he is looking forward to continuing Lambert’s work on the Hobby-Eberly project, a major experiment to search for dark energy. Upon his retirement, Lambert said he hopes the project will contribute to the world’s understanding of dark energy. Armandroff said the natural features of the observatory are similar to those at the Keck Observatory. 

“It’s really, really dark out there, way far away from the cities,” Armandroff said. “You can get these incredible images of the spectra of objects in the night sky.” 

In addition to pursuing research, Armandroff said he is looking forward to working alongside UT students at the observatory.

“I like the idea that [the McDonald Observatory] presents an opportunity for students being involved, whether it’s through a class or a research project or employment,” Armandroff said. “I think we’re a lot stronger of an observatory because of our involvement with the students.”

The observatory, located in Fort Davis, is one of the top astronomy research facilities in the country. According to Rebecca Johnson, publications editor at McDonald, there will be special events offered at the observatory through August 2014 intended to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Johnson said these events would include a variety of guest speakers from across the country with a special focus on new discoveries happening in astronomy.

Although Armandroff said he is looking forward to the transition, he said he will miss the natural beauty of Hawaii. 

“The Summit of Mauna Kea is just an amazing place,” Armandroff said. “Going up there is really magical.”

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope is located at the McDonald's Observatory in Fort Davis.

Photo taken by Bill Nowlin Photography.

Photo Credit: McDonald's Observatory | Daily Texan Staff

Astronomer Taft Armandroff was announced as the new director of UT’s McDonald Observatory on Monday.

Armandroff will replace current director and astronomy professor David Lambert, who announced his plans in April to retire after serving as director for 10 years. Armandroff, who will be the fourth director of the observatory, will take over as director in June. Armandroff is currently director of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale University, Armandroff also worked at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tuscon, Ariz., for 19 years.

Armandroff said he has two primary missions for his first five years on the job, including keeping the technology and research at the McDonald Observatory on the cutting edge.

“The other area that I’m really interested in, as well as the rest of the astronomy faculty, is to have Texas firmly commit to building an even larger telescope in Chile,” Armandroff said. “It’s called the Giant Magellan Telescope. It will have an effective diameter of almost 24 meters, so that’s a huge increase in the collecting area compared to the biggest telescopes we have today.”

Armandroff said he is looking forward to continuing Lambert’s work on the Hobby-Eberly project, a major experiment to search for dark energy. Upon his retirement, Lambert said he hopes the project will contribute to the world’s understanding of dark energy. Armandroff said the natural features of the observatory are similar to those at the Keck Observatory. 

“It’s really, really dark out there, way far away from the cities,” Armandroff said. “You can get these incredible images of the spectra of objects in the night sky.” 

In addition to pursuing research, Armandroff said he is looking forward to working alongside UT students at the observatory.

“I like the idea that [the McDonald Observatory] presents an opportunity for students being involved, whether it’s through a class or a research project or employment,” Armandroff said. “I think we’re a lot stronger of an observatory because of our involvement with the students.”

The observatory, located in Fort Davis, is one of the top astronomy research facilities in the country. According to Rebecca Johnson, publications editor at McDonald, there will be special events offered at the observatory through August 2014 intended to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Johnson said these events would include a variety of guest speakers from across the country with a special focus on new discoveries happening in astronomy.

Although Armandroff said he is looking forward to the transition, he said he will miss the natural beauty of Hawaii. 

“The Summit of Mauna Kea is just an amazing place,” Armandroff said. “Going up there is really magical.”

Top-ranked Texas traveled to Hawaii this past weekend to begin its quest to defend its 2012 National Championship at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. In the team’s opening matchup with Hawaii, however, Texas received inconsistent play, resulting in a four-set loss.

“We expected it to be a tough battle, and Hawaii is so good at home,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “We needed to put our team in some stressful environments, and playing in front of nearly 9,000 people is a stressful environment.”

In front of an announced crowd of 9,806, the Longhorns fell behind Hawaii early in the first set after a six-point run gave Hawaii a 10-4 lead. They did their best to fight back, but eventually lost the set 25-19 while being outhit .212-.344.

Texas began the second set strong and used a 5-1 run to build a 17-12 lead before taking the set. The team’s .625 hitting percentage in the set, was the Longhorns’ match high. 

Hawaii continued to punish the Longhorns’ defense in the third set, amassing a 16-11 lead until a pair of kills from sophomore middle blocker Molly McCage led a 7-2 run, tying the set at 18. A kill by junior outside hitter Haley Eckerman gave Texas a 20-19 lead late, but Hawaii held off Texas’ rally in extra sets to win 27-25.

The Rainbow Wahine Invitational held Texas to only 10 kills in the final set to clinch the match with a 25-16 win. Senior Bailey Webster led Texas with a match-high 19 kills and Eckerman notched 13.

The Longhorns rebounded in their second match against the University of Texas-El Paso, sweeping the Miners three sets to none. Freshman outside hitter Pilar Victoria bolstered the Texas offense with a match-high 14 kills.

The Texas defense showed some boisterousness that wasn’t seen against Hawaii, holding UT-El Paso to a subzero hitting percentage on seven kills and eight errors. Although the final two sets were closely contested, the Texas offense, led by freshman Chloe Collins with a match-leading 33 assists, proved too much.

In its third and final match of the weekend, Texas rallied from a 2-1 deficit against San Diego to force a fifth set, of which the Longhorns took full advantage. 

After falling behind in the first three sets, Texas and San Diego traded point-for-point in the fourth set before a kill and a block by outside hitter Webster forced a final set. The Texas offense demonstrated its dominance in the fifth frame, building an 8-3 lead, which it never relinquished.

Webster and junior middle blocker Khat Bell recorded 12 kills each against the Toreros while sophomore Amy Neal notched a career-high nine kills along with five digs. 

The offense looks poised for another big season but if the Longhorns want to contend with the likes of No. 2 Penn State and No. 3 Stanford, both of whom they will host this weekend at the Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic, they need to find uniformity.

“A lot of our team is back, but there are different pieces and teams are better,” Elliott said. “We’ll get better.” 

The last time Texas volleyball took the court in a meaningful game, confetti showered the team following its national championship.

But when they travel to Hawaii this weekend for the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational, there will be no confetti waiting in the rafters. Instead, it’s the beginning of the grind to return to the top.

The Longhorns, led by head coach Jerritt Elliott, will play three games in 24 hours. Because of oceanic time, all three games will be played Saturday in Central Standard Time, starting with Hawaii and followed by UTEP and San Diego.

Texas hasn’t fared well against those schools historically, only holding a winning record against UTEP (3-0). Hawaii traditionally dominates Texas, winning 10 of the teams’ 12 matchups, while Texas and San Diego have split their two contests.

“It’s an opportunity for us to get better,” Elliott said. “It’s an opportunity for us to compete.”

While in Hawaii, the Longhorns  won’t need travel guides, as both of their liberos, Sarah Palmer and Kat Brooks, were raised in Hawaii.

“We are glad our team is here in our home state,” Palmer said. “It will be fun showing them around.”

Only one senior graduated from last season’s national championship squad, Sha’dare McNeal, and it reflects in the polls. The Longhorns garnered 55 of the 60 votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll and will begin the season at No. 1 for the first time in program history.

“We have a lot of experience,” Elliott told his team during a practice in Hawaii on Wednesday. “But we aren’t going to be perfect on the first weekend.”

In addition to an already deep roster, Elliott brought in a top-five ranked recruiting class for the eighth-straight season. Pilar Victoria, Chloe Collins and Chiaka Ogbogu will represent the new freshman class, while Tiffany Baker transferred from Tennessee.

Ogbogu led Coppell to the 5A state title, earning high school All-American honors and the Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year award. Ogbogu was also named to the MaxPreps high school All-American team. 

Junior outside hitter Haley Eckerman was named the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, with outside hitter Bailey Webster and middle blocker Khat Bell joining Eckerman on the all-Big 12 team.

But with soaring expectations, Elliott wants his team to be able to enjoy the ride.

“We are getting better on a daily basis,” Elliott said. “But obviously we have a ways to go. I want us to have fun Friday night and not be so stressed out. There’s no pressure on us to be perfect this season. I said that from the very, very get go.”

A combined even par on the final day of competition proved costly as the Longhorns fell to a fourth-place finish in the Amer Ari Invitational in Kona, Hawaii. Individually, senior Cody Gribble and freshman Brandon Stone finished tied for fourth.

Texas was unable to maintain the solid start on Wednesday when they shot a combined 279 (-9), putting them in third for the time being. The Longhorns were able to maintain their standing with a 283 (-5) on Thursday, but a 288 (E) Friday dropped them into a tie for fourth along with Georgia Tech and the Universisy of Southern California.

Going into Friday, Gribble had a share of the lead at seven-under, but was only able to muster a one-under 71 on Friday. Stone shot a two-under 70, dropping him from third to fourth.

The University of California at Los Angeles and Washington shared the team title with both teams shooting a 22-under 842 over the three days. Dominic Bozzelli of Auburn took the individual title.

Texas senior Julio Vegas, who started the day tied for ninth, finished tied for 42 after a six-over 78 on the final day.

The Longhorns’ next competition will be the Bayou City Collegiate Championship in Humble on Feb. 22-24.

The Longhorns used six birdies over the final two holes to finish in third place in the first round of the Amer Ari Invitational on Wednesday in Kona, Hawaii. Birdies by senior Cody Gribble and juniors Toni Hakula and Brax McCarthy at the end of their rounds helped Texas finish with a 9-under 279.

Both Gribble and freshman Brandon Stone shot a 3-under 69, placing them at a tie for 10th individually so far. Hakula finished one stroke behind them with a 2-under 70 and is tied for 14th.

Stone got off to a fast start to the tournament with a birdie on the second hole and an eagle on the fourth. His round after that point was quiet, tallying another birdie and an eagle.

Gribble, on the other hand, had a steadier round. After making par on the first three holes, Gribble birdied the fourth hole before a bogey on the sixth. He birdied the ninth and the 17th and 18th to end his day.

TCU and UCLA finished the first round tied for the lead, each shooting an 11-under 277. TCU’s Daniel Jennevret’s 5-under 67 put him first individually.

Texas, the defending national champion, will begin its second round Thursday at 11:30 a.m.