Texas tops St. Edwards, prepares for final Lone Star Showdown

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Freshman Joey Swaysland and the No. 17 Longhorns had no trouble defeating St. Edward’s Wednesday evening at the Pennick-Allison Tennis Center.

Photo Credit: Elisabeth Dillon | Daily Texan Staff

In a tune-up match before they take on their biggest conference rival, the Longhorns posted eight wins on their way to a 6-1 victory over St. Edward’s.

Texas will return to the court Saturday to take on Texas A&M at home in the last matchup of the Lone Star Showdown.

Playing the Hilltoppers, who are ranked No. 15 in the Division II rankings, gave the Longhorns a chance to mix up some doubles pairings. Playing in the No. 1 spot was the No. 50 ranked duo of juniors Daniel Whitehead and Ben Chen. The two had a tight match against the team of Ned Boone and Eduardo Bencke. After Texas got the break at four all, St. Edward’s came back, down 6-5. Both teams would hold serve and force the match into a tiebreak, in which Texas jumped out to a 4-1 lead. The Hilltoppers came back to four all, and closed out the tie break, and the set 8-7, (7-5).

In the No. 2 doubles line, freshman Soren Hess-Olesen teamed up with fellow freshman Jacoby Lewis to blast through the Hilltopper team of Pedro Bronstrup and James Rogers, 8-2.

Clinching the doubles point for Texas at the No. 3 line was the pairing of freshman Joey Swaysland and junior Alex Hilliard who knocked out their opponent 8-4.

In singles, Texas got on the board early with a 6-0, 6-1 win from Hilliard. Following that point up was Chen, who handed his opponent a 6-0, 6-0 defeat. Putting up the clinching point for Texas was freshman Lloyd Glasspool, who returned to the courts after being sidelined by an injury, with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 3 singles line.

Swaysland added a 6-0, 6-3 win at the number five singles spot to the overall total to put Texas up 5-0.

The longest matches of the evening came from the top two singles players, who were both pushed to third sets. Whitehead won his first set 6-4 before dropping the second by the same score, forcing a tie break, which he prevailed in, 10-8, to give his team its sixth and final point of the evening.

Sophomore David Holiner closed out the evening in the No. 1 singles spot and was also forced into a third set tie break, but was unable to keep momentum going and lost 10-6, to give St. Edward’s its only point on the night.