• Longhorns easily down Penn with 5-2 win

    Sophomore Dani Wagland hits the ball in the team’s win over No. 4 Michigan on March 5. Texas beat Pennsylvania Thursday.
    Sophomore Dani Wagland hits the ball in the team’s win over No. 4 Michigan on March 5. Texas beat Pennsylvania Thursday.

    Texas took down No. 70 Pennsylvania 5-2 on Thursday after weather forced the match to be moved from Whitaker Courts to the Weller Indoor Tennis Center.

    “We knew going into this it was going to be a bit of a dogfight today,” head coach Howard Joffe said.

    Texas’ No. 13 doubles tandem senior Breaunna Addison and sophomore Dani Wagland beat Penn’s Sonya Latycheva and Kana Daniel at first position 6-4, and the Longhorn duo of junior Neda Koprcina and freshman Daniella Roldan pulled out a 7-5 win over Ria Vaidya and Marta Kowalska at second position to grab the doubles point.

    Wagland started singles off defeating Latycheva in two 6-2 sets and was followed by Koprcina who took Penn’s Vaidya to a tiebreaker and came out victorious.

    Freshman Katie Poluta helped clinch Texas’ early 4-2 triumph over Penn with her three-set win against Quaker Lina Qostal.

    8th-ranked Addison still remained at the first singles spot where she battled Penn’s Daniel in three games, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4 where she held serve and held on to carry the Longhorns to a 5-2 final win.

    Despite the win, Joffe wasn’t happy with the way his team played.

    “There’s no question that our group is a bit depleted,” he said. “We are 10 days away from starting conference play. Certainly, we’ll need to perform better”.

    Texas resumes play with a home game Tuesday at noon against Princeton. The Longhorns finish off spring break with two away matches at Kansas on Friday and Kansas State on Sunday.

  • Texas take on San Diego

    The Longhorns will travel to San Diego, California, this weekend to compete in dual match-play against the University of San Diego.

    Senior Michael Riechmann and sophomore Adrian Ortiz are featured at No. 44 in the latest ITA doubles rankings. The duo is 8-4 this season in dual match-play. 

    George Goldhoff posted a 17-10 singles mark, including an 8-6 record in dual matches last season as a sophomore. He scored his first ranked win of the season last weekend at Wake Forest. This season he has already defeated No. 13 Oklahoma (twice) and No. 12 USC.  In doubles, Goldhoff and partner redshirt-freshman Julian Zlobinsky also hold a 7-5 doubles record. 

    In singles, Zlobinsky holds a 7-2 record. Sophomore Adrian Ortiz is off to a strong start in 2016 with a 6-3 singles 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. 

    Match play will begin at noon on Saturday.