• Texas goes undefeated in first day of HEB Tournament

    The Longhorns’ winning ways continued in a big way Friday night in Corpus Christi.

    No. 15 Texas failed to drop a set in both of its matches in the H-E-B Tournament of Champions, defeating UTSA and Louisiana-Lafayette in the first day of the competition.

    The Longhorns won a pair of doubles matches in the first dual play against UTSA to earn the doubles point. Up 1-0 going into singles play, junior George Goldhoff defeated Diogo Casa by a 6-0, 6-4 count at first singles. Senior Michael Riechmann edged Eric Buchalter 6-2, 6-0 at third singles, and freshman Colin Markes took a 6-4, 6-0 win over Fabian Brand at fourth singles. With the three wins, Texas nailed down a 4-0 win.

    In their second match of the day, the Longhorns topped off Louisiana in the semifinals and emerged with an easy 4-0 win. Sophomore Adrian Ortiz defeated senior Jake Wynan 6-1, 6-4 at third singles, and Riechmann beat junior Will Huyton 6-2, 6-2 at fourth singles. Sophomore John Mee dominated sophomore Vlad Kramarov 6-4, 6-1 at fifth singles, and Markes finished off junior Coleman Wahlborg 6-3, 6-4 at sixth singles.

    “This was a good day for us,” Texas head coach Michael Center said.  “We had a lot of different guys contribute, and I thought we played hard and we played well. We’re excited about playing in the finals of this tournament tomorrow.”

    Texas will play in the third round of the tournament Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

  • Longhorns return home to face No. 4 Michigan

    The Longhorns will return to Whitaker Courts to face No. 4 Michigan on Saturday after playing in four-straight matches away from home.

    Texas had a three-match losing streak while on the road, but finally got back in the win column after beating Princeton last Saturday in the Blue Gray Classic in Alabama.

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

    The Wolverines are coming off a big win over then-No. 2 North Carolina, but the Longhorns, who are ranked No. 73 as a team, are undefeated at home and look to keep it that way.

    No. 9 Breaunna Addison and the Longhorns will likely have an advantage in stamina. The Wolverines will face Baylor on Thursday night before continuing south to face Texas. 

    Michigan brings three nationally ranked players into the match, including No. 15 senior Ronit Yurovsky, No. 17 freshman Brienne Minor and No. 75 freshman Kate Fahey.

    The last time these teams matched up was in 2015, when Michigan defeated Texas 6–1. The Wolverines also lead the all-time series between the two 4–1.

    Play begins at noon on Saturday.

  • Texas competes in H-E-B Tournament of Champions this weekend

    The men’s tennis team will travel to Corpus Christi this weekend to compete in the 50th annual H-E-B Tournament of Champions, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Texas is currently No. 26, improved to a 7-5 record after a 4-3 win over No. 5 Wake Forest last weekend. 

    Junior George Goldhoff earned the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after an individual victory helped Texas come from behind and beat Wake Forest. In doubles, Goldhoff and partner redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky hold a 7-4 doubles record.

    In singles, Zlobinsky has a 7–2 record and is one of seven new additions to the roster this season. Sophomore Adrian Ortiz has also been edging out opponents this season with a 6–3 dual match play record. Ortiz knocked off Washington’s 121st-ranked Jake Douglas and UCSB’s 81st-ranked Nicolas Moreno earlier this season when Texas traveled to Seattle.

    The H-E-B Tournament of Champions is a two-day event and is universally respected as one of the most prestigious college team events in the United States, known by most as simply “The H-E-B.” Founded by Howard E. Butt Sr. in 1966, this national event has been sponsored for 50 years in a row.

    Tournament play will begin Friday and a winner will be crowned Saturday.