Jacoby Lewis

Men's golf preview

Coming in hot after a top-five finish at the Nike Invitational on Oct. 7, the men’s golf team looks to continue its strong fall showing at the Golf Club of Georgia this weekend.  

No. 16 Texas will tee off at the United States Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Georgia, at 9 a.m. Friday with a seasoned starting five.

Seniors Kramer Hickok and Brax McCarthy will lead the Longhorns alongside All-American sophomore Beau Hossler. Sophomore Gavin Hall and freshman Scottie Scheffler round out the lineup. 

“I am really happy with our team as we go through the growing process,” head coach John Fields said.

The tournament will have fierce competition for the Longhorns, who are seeking their first win there. The team will take the course against nine other ranked teams, including No. 2 Georgia Tech and No. 3 Stanford. 

The 54-hole tournament concludes Sunday.

Men's swimming and diving: Eddie Reese begins 37th year with Texas

While football head coach Charlie Strong is getting plenty of press for starting his first season at Texas, men’s swimming and diving head coach Eddie Reese is kicking off his 37th year with the Longhorns.

In Reese’s nearly 40 years at Texas, the Longhorns have won 10 NCAA titles, secured 11 NCAA runner-up finishes and recorded top-three finishes at 28 of 36 NCAA Championship meets. This season, Reese expects to add to his achievements.

“This year started better than any year I can remember,” said Reese, a powerful statement considering Texas’s list of accomplishments.

Reese and the team will open the season at home against Texas A&M. Texas hasn’t singularly faced A&M since late in the 2010-2011 season, when the Longhorns won the meet by a 43-point margin. Texas was ranked No. 4 and A&M was ranked No. 19. 

But this team is much different than the team four years ago. This season Texas has 32 returning swimmers and divers, including 14 All-Americans from the 2013-2014 team that took second at the NCAA Championships and won the program’s 35th consecutive conference title.

Seniors Kip Darmody and Will Chandler will lead the Longhorns at the meet Friday at 6 p.m. at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center.

Men’s tennis heads to Texas regionals

After a week off, the men’s tennis team will return to action this weekend at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championship in College Station.

Competing for No. 8 Texas are seniors Søren Hess-Olesen, Adrien Berkowicz and Jacoby Lewis, along with junior Michael Riechmann. Freshmen John Mee and William Jou will also make their Texas regional debut.

Mee, a Highland Park native, enters this weekend with a 4-2 singles record, including a win over a ranked opponent. Jou, a redshirt from Houston, looks to improve on a 1-1 singles record.

Berkowicz, who picked up two wins over a ranked opponent in Tulsa, Oklahoma, looks to carry that momentum into this weekend, but neither he nor Lewis advanced past the round of 32 in last year’s regionals.

Two-time All-American Hess-Olesen advanced to the semifinals of last year’s Texas regionals and he and fellow senior Lloyd Glasspool were crowned doubles champions of the 2013 event.

Lewis, who hasn’t played in official competition in over a month, enters this weekend with a 1-1 singles and doubles record.

The championship will be held at the Mitchell Tennis Center and will run from Oct. 18 through Oct. 21.

Women’s tennis prepares for USTA/ITA Regional Championships

The women's tennis team are visiting Waco for the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships for a five-day tournament.

Freshman singles player Danielle Wagland claimed the first victory for the Longhorns on the weekend, defeating SHSU sophomore Bailey Van Dyke (6-1, 6-3) on Thursday. Wagland then went on to win her second match of the day against Texas State senior Monica Pieratt (6-0, 6-3). Wagland will play Baylor junior Kiah Generette in the third round Friday. 

Freshman Ryann Foster won against Texas Tech’s Sarah Dvorak in the second round (6-7, 6-4, 6-3) after a bye in the first round. Foster will play Baylor freshman Kelley Anderson in the third round. 

Sophomore Pippa Horn defeated Abilene Christian University sophomore Erin Walker (6-2, 6-4) Thursday after receiving a bye in the first round. Horn will go up against Houston senior Elena Kordolaimi in the third round. 

Sophomore Neda Koprcina topped UT-Arlington junior Elizabeth Thoms in the second round (6-1, 6-1) after a bye in the first round. 

First-seeded junior Breaunna Addison also won over TCU sophomore Sofiko Kadzhaya (6-0, 6-4) in the second after a bye first round. Addison will play Abilene Christian University freshman Lucile Pothier. 

Junior Lana Groenvynck was the lone Longhorn to fall on Thursday, as she fell in the first round to SMU junior Hristina Dishkova (3-6, 3-6). 

Tournament play continues until Oct. 20 and will include doubles starting Oct. 17.

Cross country preview

The cross country team returns from a three-week hiatus this Saturday to compete at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

Competitors include multiple Big 12 rivals, such as Baylor and Texas Tech in both the men’s and women’s races, and Kansas and Kansas State only in the men’s race. 

The Longhorns will run their 8,000, and 6,000-meter races on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, the same trail that will host the NCAA Division I Championships, allowing all runners to take the course for a test run before their biggest race.

The NCAA Division I Championship is set for Nov. 22.

The Texas men’s tennis team continues its fall play in Tulsa, Okla., at the 2013 ITA Men’s All-American Championships, which begins with singles pre-qualifying on Sept. 28.

Redshirt senior David Holiner and juniors Clement Homs and Jacoby Lewis will be the Longhorns’ representatives in the singles pre-qualifying rounds. If any of the three advance, they will join fellow Longhorn juniors Adrien Berkowicz and Lloyd Glasspool, freshman George Goldhoff, sophomore Nick Naumann and senior Sudanwa Sitaram in qualifying.  Junior Soren Hess-Olesen will not play until the main draw.  

In doubles, Holiner/Naumann, Lewis/Sitaram, Berkowicz/Goldhoff and Hess-Olesen/Glasspool will compete in the qualifying round, after which the top eight pairs advance to the main draw. 

Days two and three of the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships proved to be more difficult for the Longhorns’ men’s tennis team than day one.

Sophomore Jacoby Lewis, who started the Texas advancement with a day-one upset against No. 7 Vitor Manzini, fell to TCU’s Will Stein in a tough three-set match (6-3, 2-6, 7-6). The rest of the Longhorns advanced beyond the round of 32 in Sunday’s action except Ben Chen, who was ousted by Baylor’s Marko Krickovic (6-3, 7-6).

In the round of 16, Texas players began to drop like flies. David Holiner, Andrew Korinek and Nick Naumann all fell in tough, three-set matches while Sudanwa Sitaram defeated Texas teammate Lloyd Glasspool (6-0, 6-3). Whitehead also advanced as he defeated TAMU-CC’s Peter Nagy (7-6, 6-3).

In the doubles round of 16, two of the four Texas teams advanced to the quarterfinals: top-seeded Chris Camillone/Holiner beat UT-Arlington’s Sebastian/Williams (8-1) and Lewis/Sitaram upset Baylor’s No. 4 Krickovic/Verzaal (8-6).

Lewis/Sitaram lost in the quarterfinals to Texas A&M’s Bautista/Withrow (8-5), but Camillone/Holiner defeated Lenz/Zsiga of Baylor (8-6) before losing to Adams/Vinsant of A&M (8-5) in a semifinal upset.

Whitehead defeated Baylor’s Krickovic (6-2, 6-2) in the quarterfinals while Texas teammate Sitaram ran away with a victory against Texas A&M’s Szabo (6-4, 6-3). The two then faced off in the semifinals, where Whitehead emerged victorious over Sitaram (6-3, 7-6) in a battle of Longhorns.

Whitehead will face Baylor’s Julian Lenz in the finals today for the chance to travel to New York for the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 8-10.

The Longhorns are off to a bad start at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships. Texas senior Ben Chen along with sophomores Jacoby Lewis and Joey Swaysland were all eliminated in the pre-qualifying singles round Saturday.

Chen and Lewis escaped the first round with byes, but Swaysland was not as fortunate, falling in the first round to Vukasin Teofanovic of Marquette (6-4, 6-4). Lewis followed with a loss in the second round to Russell Bader of Penn State (7-6, 7-5). Chen was also outed in the second round by Adam Lee of Wake Forest (5-0) before having to surrender due to injury.

The Longhorns will have to play better if they hope to advance to the championships, as they’ve done in previous tournaments this year. Texas should see promising play from No. 42 sophomore Soren Hess-Olesen, No. 46 senior Daniel Whitehead, No. 99 David Holiner, Chris Camillone and No. 109 Sudanwa Sitaram as they continue play in Tulsa, Okla.

Camillone, Holiner and Sitaram will continue play in the qualifying singles round, hoping to do better than their teammates in the pre-qualifying rounds. 

Chen will hopefully play with his doubles partner Daniel Whitehead, the No. 38 doubles team, in the qualifying doubles round this upcoming week.

The Championships will conclude this week with Hess-Olesen and Whitehead in the main draw singles round and No. 8 Holiner and Camillone in the main draw doubles round.

Men's Tennis Review

Much like how the Thanksgiving football game between Texas and Texas A&M came down to the final play, the showdown between the two rivals on Saturday came down to one match to determine who would walk away with the Lone Star Showdown trophy and final bragging rights.

After being down 2-5 in the final set of the deciding match, junior Ben Chen fought back and earned the win, giving No. 17 Texas the 4-3 win over No. 27 Texas A&M in the final conference match between the in-state rivals.

Starting the duel off were the doubles matches. Chen and junior Daniel Whitehead took on John Lewis and Niall Angus at the number two doubles line. Texas got the break on the Aggies’ second service game and then got another break up 4-2. Chen and Whitehead used solid net play to hold the rest of the match, allowing Whitehead to serve it out for the 8-4 win.

At the number one doubles line, junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner beat A&M’s tandem of Jackson Withrow and Junior Ore.

Freshmen Soren Hess-Olesen and Jacoby Lewis took on Alexis Klegou and Colin Hoover and lost at third doubles.

In singles, Hess-Olesen got the second point for Texas after he defeated Ore by a 7-6 (4), 6-2 count.

Posting the third point for the Longhorns was Holiner, with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jeremy Efferding in singles.

The Aggies retaliated by getting a win at the number two singles line to put a point on the board. Whitehead fell to Klegou, 6-7 (4), 2-6.

The Aggies continued building on their point total with another win from Lewis over freshman Lloyd Glasspool at the number five singles line. Glasspool fought back from 0-3 down in the first set, to take it 6-4, but dropped the next two sets to give Lewis the 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.

In the match that could potentially tie up the score, sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram got off to a fast start, winning the first three games of the opening set against Hoover before taking the set 6-2. In the second set, Sitaram got down early and had to fight his way back to force a tiebreaker, which he lost. In the third set, Sitaram couldn’t hang on and dropped the set 2-6 to give the Aggies their third point, tying Texas.

In the deciding match at the number six singles line, Chen got the break, the match and the team victory for the Longhorns, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

“I got off to a slow start at the beginning of the third set,” Chen said. “But with the support of my teammates and coaches I was able to get it done. Tonight was just a team effort all the way through.”

In the last scheduled meeting between Texas’ and Texas A&M’s men’s tennis teams this weekend, Longhorns freshman Jacoby Lewis will go up against his older brother, Aggies senior John Lewis, who unsuccessfully attempted to convince his younger brother to join him in College Station.

Photo Credit: Elisabeth Dillon | Daily Texan Staff

After more than 100 years of intense, competitive matchups, the Longhorns and Aggies will square off on the tennis courts for one final Lone Star Showdown on Saturday.

The game will also be a family reunion of sorts for one Longhorns tennis player.

Freshman Jacoby Lewis will don burnt orange, while his older brother John will put on maroon for the Aggies. While the two teams have already battled it out on the courts twice this year, with the teams splitting the meetings, this match is more important.

“I think this match means more,” Lewis said. “It’s conference play and it could be the last time we ever play [A&M].”

Of course, playing across the net from his older brother, who is a senior, also adds more meaning to the match.

“I want to take it as just another match,” Lewis said. “But it definitely means a little more to me, and I’m sure to [John] as well, being siblings and not wanting to lose to your sibling. We’ve played each other growing up and it’s always been really competitive, so this will be interesting.”

Being from Alabama, Lewis knew about the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry but did not get the full scope of the mutual hatred between the two until he got to Austin.

“I knew it was a pretty big rivalry,” Lewis said. “Coming here and just seeing what Texas people think about A&M people and what A&M people think about Texas people is just ... It kind of put it on another level. You definitely want to beat them every chance you get.”

Several schools recruited Lewis, including Texas A&M, but Texas ultimately won out, even with his brother trying to convince him to join the maroon side of the rivalry.

“[John] did try to persuade me, but he also wanted it to be my decision,” Lewis said. “It was a tough decision, but I liked the school, the athletics, the academic part. I thought I could get the most out of my college career here at UT.”

Growing up with his older brother, there was a bit of competition in just about every aspect of life, Lewis said.

“We’re always competing, trying to get the best of each other,” he said. “Whether it’s a pick-up game of basketball or just seeing who does better in school; just anything really.”

As with any rivalry, trash talk is a given — sibling rivalry is no exception, although brotherly support is also sprinkled in.

“It’s a little bit of both,” Lewis said. “We’re more supportive of each other. He’s really helped me this year, told me some things like how to handle the first year, what to do, what not to do. So he’s been really helpful, but there’s also a little trash-talking sometimes.”

On Saturday, the younger brother is looking forward to being the one holding the Lone Star Showdown trophy with his teammates and earning bragging rights in the sibling rivalry.

“I’m really looking forward to playing against my brother for the last time, possibly,” Lewis said. “Just really wanting to get the win and have that last word.”

Printed on Friday, April 13, 2012 as: Bitter rivalry brings brothers together

Men's Tennis

After starting the day with an easy win, the Longhorns had to overcome an unexpectedly tough opponent to earn their second win in a doubleheader on Saturday.

In the morning match, Texas defeated UT-Arlington 7-0 and turned around and got the 6-1 win over UTSA in the evening match. While the score against UTSA might suggest otherwise, the match was anything but a walk in the park for the No. 11 Longhorns.

“I’m going to give UTSA credit and say that I wasn’t very pleased with our performance in the singles matches,” head coach Michael Center said.

Texas swept all three doubles points to put a point on the board first. The doubles team of Alex Hilliard and Sudanwa Sitaram got on the board first with their 8-3 win over the Roadrunners’ number three doubles team. Jacoby Lewis and Joey Swaysland clinched the doubles point for Texas with an 8-5 win at the number two spot, while Chris Camillone and David Holiner finished the doubles sweep with their 8-4 win at the number one doubles line.

The singles matches are where Texas got into some trouble. Out of the six singles matches, all but one went to a third set. Sitaram scored a quick second point for the Longhorns with his 6-0, 6-1 win over Tyler Brown at the number two singles line. Junior Daniel Whitehead, ranked No. 69, got the break at 5 all in his first set against Yannick Junger, and served out the set at 7-5, but was unable to carry momentum into the second set, losing it 0-6. In the deciding set, Whitehead broke serve at love-four to get on the board, and won the next two games, but his comeback fell just short as he lost the set 3-6 to give UTSA its only point.

Freshman Lewis dropped his first set, but came back to claim the next two to win his match over Daniel Moser, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to put the Longhorns within one point of clinching the match.

Freshman Lloyd Glasspool delivered the match-clinching point after dropping his first set, and fighting through a tiebreaker in the second to push the match to a third set, where he prevailed with the 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 over Joel Rubio.

After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Holiner had to fight his way back over UTSA’s Martin Ayala, but pulled out the next two sets to get the 6 (4)-7, 6-3, 6-3 win.

In the last match on, Hilliard had to fight through a third set after dropping the second. Just a few minutes after Holiner’s win, Hilliard finished the night with a 6-3, 6 (7)-7, 6-3 victory over David Kelleher at the number five singles spot.

Although Texas walked away with the victory, Center wasn’t happy with the way matches were played.

“I think that [UTSA was] out-working us,” Center said. “We were able to turn matches around and fight through tough situations, but we have to do a better job starting these matches.”

In the morning match against UT-Arlington, the Longhorns had almost no problems, winning two of the three doubles matches and sweeping the singles matches while only dropping two sets.

Center hopes the doubleheader will be a valuable learning experience for his young team.

“I’ll just chalk this one up to one of those days, but we’ve got to learn from it too,” Center said. “If we do that, we’ve got a really good team and I think we’ll improve.”

Men's Tennis

The Longhorns beat a conference foe and went undefeated over the weekend to earn a spot in the indoor championships in February.

On Sunday, Texas defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 4-0.

In the doubles session, the third line duo of freshman Jacoby Lewis and sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram played an even match against juniors Gabriel Wanderley and Jeff Bryan of Tech. The Longhorns got the first service break at 3-3 in the match, but were broken right back on a controversial line call by the chair umpire. Lewis and Sitaram got another break at 5-5, though a hold by Tech allowed Lewis to serve out the set for an 8-6 Texas win.

In the number one doubles slot, freshman Soren Hess-Olesen and junior Alex Hilliard had a tough match against Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia of Tech. Tech got the first break of the match at 2-2 after a lengthy deuce game where the advantage switched back and forth between the teams. Texas was able to break Tech in the next game, but suffered another break at 3-4 to push Tech up to 5-3. Tech went on to close out the match 8-3.

In the match to decide the doubles point, junior Daniel Whitehead and sophomore David Holiner kept it interesting for the fans. The Longhorns got down, but held serve 4-7 and immediately broke the Tech duo of Gonzalo Escobar and Vitor Manzini to make the score 6-7. Both teams held serve to push the match to a tiebreaker. After getting behind 1-3 in the tiebreak, Texas came back and took the set and the doubles point, with a 7-4 win in the tiebreak.

In the singles matches, freshman Lloyd Glasspool, playing in the number four position, scored a quick 6-3, 6-1 victory over Francisco Zambon to put Texas ahead 2-0.

Adding another victory to Texas’ overall total was Sitaram, who didn’t let a Tech injury time-out faze him, as he earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tech’s Garcia.

Earning the final point for Texas was Whitehead, ranked No. 112, who scored a straight set win over Escobar, a USTA/ITA Regional champ ranked No. 23. After winning the first set, 6-0, Whitehead weathered a comeback from Escobar, and got the break at 4 all in the second set and served the match out to give Texas the win. At that point all other singles matches still on court were suspended.

To earn the spot in Sunday’s match, Texas defeated Maryland on Saturday, 4-0. Contributing towards that win were the doubles team of Whitehead and Holiner, and Sitaram and Lewis for the doubles point. Singles victories came from Hess-Olesen, Whitehead and Holiner, who fought back from a 0-4 hole in the second set to take the match with a 6-0, 6-4 win.

With the two victories, Texas sealed its spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at Charlottesville, Va. on Feb. 17-20.