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.