• No. 24 Texas tops No. 5 Wake Forest 3-4

    The Longhorns looked down and out.

    No. 5 Wake Forest had won three-straight matches to take a 3-1 lead in the contest and seemed poised to keep Texas’ road losing streak alive.

    But then junior George Goldhoff won his match in a third-set tiebreak. So did sophomore Adrian Ortiz. And then, with the match on the line, freshman Rodrigo Banzer scored a third-set win to give the No. 26 Longhorns the 4-3 win Saturday afternoon.

    “It was an amazing effort to win this match,” said 16th-year head coach Michael Center.  “Wake Forest is a legitimate national title-contending team.  It just takes a lot of resiliency and competitiveness to do that.  We hung around and hung around and got the job done in the end.  It was just a great team effort.”

    The Longhorns’ come back began almost right away. Ortiz and senior Michael Riechmann dropped their doubles match;however, Texas overcame that with two wins in the other doubles competitions to take the early 1-0 lead.

    But Wake Forest would rally to start the singles contests. Riechmann and freshmen Julian Zlobinsky fell in straight sets while freshman Harrison Scott fell in three, giving the Demon Deacons a 3-1 lead.

    That’s when the tide turned to Texas’ favor. Center said he’s happy with how the team never gave up even after falling behind.

    “It was just one of those days where we were fighting and competing, and in the end we looked up and saw, ‘Wow, we’ve got it.,’ Center said.

    Texas heads to Corpus Christi next weekend to compete in the H-E-B Tournament of Champions.

  • Longhorns end the weekend in Alabama with a win

    The Longhorns downed Princeton 4-2 at the Blue Gray Classic in Alabama to snap a three-match losing streak.

    Texas gained the doubles point after Breaunna Addison and Dani Wagland defeated Princeton senior Amanda Muliawan and freshman Nicole Kalhorn 6-2. Texas senior Lana Groenvynk and freshman Katie Poluta finished a tough 7-6 match against Princeton’s Dorothy Tang and Amber Park.

    “The ladies showed a lot of poise when the match was on the line in singles,” UT first year head coach Howard Joffe said.

    Princeton won singles matches at the fourth and sixth positions, but the Longhorns sealed the deal with victories at the second, third and fifth positions.

    Sophomore Wagland beat Princeton’s Nicole Kalhorn 6-4, 6-1 and Texas junior Neda Koprcina finished off Tiger Katrine Steffensen 7-6, 6-1.

    Poluta added a win over Princeton’s Emily Hahn at fifth singles to carry the Longhorns to 4-2.

    “I know out ladies are looking forward to getting back to Austin and playing some home matches,” Joffe said.

    Texas hosts Michigan at home next weekend, March 5 at Whitaker Tennis Courts.