Ellis to take court in main singles draw

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Coming off elimination in the qualifying doubles draw, Texas sophomores Lina Padegimaite and Noel Scott took the court Wednesday in search of a victory that previously eluded them.

The duo that lost Tuesday played against Harvard’s Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana in the first round of the qualifying doubles consolation bracket in the ITA All-American Championships, and found success, winning 8-3. With the victory, the Longhorns are an even 4-4 in matches played through day five.

The main singles draw begins Thursday morning, with No. 20 Aeriel Ellis, the Longhorns’ last hope, going up against No. 52 Petra Januskova of Penn State at 12:30 p.m. When Ellis steps on the court Thursday afternoon, it will be her first competitive match since Sept. 16 at the Duke Invitational, since she missed out on the Longhorn Invitational.

Ellis will make her fourth appearance in the championships, having participated in the event all four of her years as a Longhorn. She will look to improve upon a round of 16 appearances in last year’s meeting and provide Texas with some needed momentum.