Petra Januskova

Women's Tennis

The Longhorns fought through some ups and downs this week, ultimately making day six of the ITA All-American Championships in Los Angeles the last for Texas’ attempt to make some serious noise in the tourney.

Senior Aeriel Ellis was the last Longhorn to play. She made her first championship appearance in the main singles draw, facing Penn State’s Petra Januskova. Ellis, who did not play competitively for two and a half weeks, dropped her match in straight sets of 6-2, 6-4. The loss drops Ellis to 2-3 this season in matches played.

The week has proved to be tough for the Longhorns. Junior Elizabeth Begley’s 2-1 record is the sole bright spot for the team.

The Longhorns’ final record for this week’s competition stands at 4-5. Despite being eliminated, Ellis will look to even her team’s record in the singles consolation draw, matching up with Georgia State’s Abigail Tere-Apisah Friday at 12:30 p.m. 

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.