Nick Naumann

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Texas swept its opponent Wednesday for the second time in as many matches, defeating No. 53 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 4–0. The No. 9 Longhorns came into the match on the heels of a 4–0 victory over unranked UTSA, highlighted by a strong performance by junior Nick Naumann, who won both his singles and doubles matches in straight sets.

Wednesday’s match featured a different lineup for the Longhorns, as No. 44 senior Lloyd Glasspool replaced senior Søren Hess–Olesen at the No. 1 singles spot. Coming into the match, Hess–Olesen was looking to reach his 100th win at the singles position for the Longhorns, but head coach Michael Center benched him in order to give him some rest before the high-profile match against No. 2 Baylor next Wednesday.

The Longhorns got off to a hot start once again Wednesday, winning both doubles lines in straight sets. The team of Naumann and junior Michael Riechmann finished first for Texas, winning at the No. 3 doubles by a score of 6–3. The pair of senior Adrien Berkowicz and sophomore George Goldhoff followed with a victory at the No. 2 doubles line with a score of 6–2.

Texas’ dominance continued at the singles position, as the team rallied off three consecutive victories, all in straight sets. The underclassmen on the Longhorns’ roster shined at the singles positions, as Goldhoff claimed victory at the No. 3 singles line with a score of 6–2, 6–1, and freshman John Mee won at the No. 6 singles line with the same score. Mee’s victory was the fourth — second against a ranked team — in his past five singles matches.

The match was the Longhorns’ last nonconference competition of the season. Texas finished the season with a 16–2 record against nonconference opponents and was 5–2 against nonconference opponents ranked in the top 20 of the ITA rankings.

The Longhorns have two matches left in their season before the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship, which takes place April 24–26 in Waco. Both matches will be against Big 12 opponents, starting with a battle of two of the conference’s best teams. Texas concludes its home schedule against Baylor next Wednesday at the Caswell Tennis Center in Austin.

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Men's Tennis

No. 9 Texas took care of business against unranked UTSA on Tuesday, sweeping the Roadrunners, 4–0. 

The Longhorns improved their season record to 17–3 and are now 11–1 at home, coming just short of their undefeated home record last year. 

Texas’ doubles lines set the tone for the Longhorns early in the match, as seniors Lloyd Glasspool and Søren Hess-Olesen won at the No. 1 doubles line by a score of 6–2. The team of juniors Nick Naumann and Michael Riechmann then claimed the doubles point for the Longhorns at the No. 3 doubles line, winning 6–3. 

Naumann’s strong performance continued in singles competition as he won at the No. 4 singles line with a commanding 6–3, 6–1 victory. Naumann had struggled lately, losing four of his previous five matches before Tuesday. 

Tuesday’s match carried extra weight for Hess–Olesen as he was looking to reach his 100th career singles win in a Texas uniform. However, Hess–Olesen was unable to reach the milestone Tuesday as Texas swept UTSA before the conclusion of his match.

With only two home matches left in the season, the Longhorns will conclude non–conference play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Westwood Country Club in Austin on Wednesday.

Women's Tennis

Texas found success outside its conference with a 4–0 home sweep over Abilene Christian University on Tuesday.

On the doubles courts, freshman duo Danielle Wagland and Ryann Foster set the pace for the No. 36 Longhorns, defeating ACU’s Whitney Williams and Erin Walker. Following their example, Texas sophomores Ratnika Batra and Neda Koprcina clinched the doubles point, 6–4, after a battle against their Wildcat opponents.

In singles, Batra, making her first appearance after sitting out the last four games, took command of the court sweeping both sets against Williams, furthering the Longhorns lead to 2–0. 

Texas’ lone ranked junior, No. 48 Breaunna Addison, posted her sixth-straight singles win.   

Rounding out the 4–0 sweep, senior Lina Padegimaite posted a 6–1, 6–2 win.

With this victory Texas’ overall record advances to 8–9. The Longhorns will need to take this momentum going into their hardest conference game of the season when they face Baylor this weekend.

Earning a bid to the ITA National Indoor Championships, the men’s tennis team improved its record to 4-0 and won its 20th consecutive home opener Sunday. 

The Longhorns started off slowly — losing two of their three doubles matches — but they were able to cruise to a 4–1 win against No. 49 Minnesota on Saturday. Texas picked up two singles wins over ranked opponents and an upset when junior Nick Naumann defeated No. 117 freshman Felix Corwin 6–2, 6–4.

The doubles struggles continued Sunday, as No. 34 Florida State earned the doubles point, creating an early 0-1 deficit.

Freshman John Mee earned Texas its first point after defeating Florida freshman Terrance Whitehurst 6–2, 6–1, but the Longhorns fell behind again after Florida redshirt freshman Jose Gracia defeated junior Michael Riechmann 6–3, 6–4.

A pair of wins from seniors Søren Hess-Olesen and Adrien Berkowicz gave the Longhorns their first lead at 3–2, but the Seminoles evened the score when Florida junior Michael Rinaldi defeated senior Lloyd Glasspool, 7–5, 6–4.

With a bid to the ITA National Indoor Championships on the line, Naumann battled back from a set down and defeated Florida senior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez 6–7, 7–5, 6–1 securing a 4–3 win for the Longhorns.

“Nick has just been a warrior for us,” head coach Michael Center. “I just kept telling him, ‘You’re tougher, you’re tougher. Just keep going and keep competing,’ and that’s what he did. And to win decisively in the third set like that, after the first two were so close, shows his determination.”

Texas will return to action Saturday against Southern Methodist University in Dallas as a part of the ITA Kick-Off event.

Men's tennis

The men’s tennis team concluded fall individual competition with nine singles wins and four doubles wins at the Florida Invitational.

The Longhorns started off hot, finishing the opening round with a 4-1 singles record. Senior Lloyd Glasspool, junior Nick Naumann and sophomore George Goldhoff didn’t drop a set against their North Florida opponents. Senior Adrien Berkowicz was forced to a third set against North Florida senior Norbert Nemcsek, but rallied to complete the sweep.

Glasspool and Naumann, who paired up for the first time in two years, picked up two wins in doubles play. Søren Hess-Olesen normally pairs with Glasspool, but he was in New York for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The senior two-time All-American was forced to withdraw from competition because of an injury.

Berkowicz and Goldhoff accounted for the other two doubles wins. They finished the invitational with an 8-5 victory over Nemcsek and No. 15 sophomore Jack Findel-Hawkins of North Florida.

No. 31 Glasspool went 2-1 in singles play, while No. 56 Goldhoff went 1-2. Berkowicz finished the invitational with a 3-0 singles record.

Redshirt freshman William Jou finished 0-3 in singles play. He teamed up with Miami freshman Kevin Bondar for doubles, and the duo went 0-3 for the weekend.

Naumann picked up his fifth win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 70 Florida junior Gordon Watson, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

The Longhorns will resume play when they host the UT Invitational on Jan. 9.

Women's soccer

Texas women’s soccer entered the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship against No. 9 West Virginia on the heels of a penalty shootout win over No. 16 Texas Tech in the quarterfinals. Fortune, however, was not with the Longhorns on Friday, as Texas drew West Virginia 0-0 and then lost the penalty kick shootout, 6-5.

The top-seeded Mountaineers entered the game with one of the best offenses in the nation, and it took brilliant play by Longhorn junior goalkeeper Abby Smith to keep them at bay. Before falling in the penalty kick rounds, Smith saved eight of the Mountaineers’ 24 shots to keep the game scoreless through 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.

Now, the Longhorns wait for Monday when they hear whether or not they qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

“We played overtime matches against the No. 16- and No. 9-ranked teams in a 48-hour span and fought each of them to the bitter end,” head coach Angela Kelly said. “This team has obviously shown it can compete with the best teams in the nation.”

Women's softball

Texas softball traveled to San Marcos to face Texas State on Friday night for its first away match of the fall season. The Longhorns collected an 8-2 scrimmage win to remain undefeated.

Sophomore infielder Devon Tunning had an excellent game, going 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and a home run. Senior outfielder Marlee Gabaldon and junior catcher Erin Shireman each tallied a home run. Gabaldon slapped a two-run home run, while Shireman hit a solo home run.

With its eight runs against Texas State, Texas has now outscored the opposition 51-7 this fall.

The Longhorn pitchers have also been exceptional so far this season. Freshman pitcher Erica Wright struck out five batters over two innings of work. In the five fall scrimmages, Wright has pitched 11 innings and has struck out 23 batters. 

Texas will finish off its fall campaign against the Sun City, Texas, Veterans at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Women's swimming and diving

The women’s swimming and diving team hosted their first meet this season Friday, falling to No. 9 Texas A&M, 169-131.

The No. 2 Longhorns put up a fight in five individual victories over Texas A&M, some races as close as milliseconds and fingertips apart.

The meet began with a race of that sort, as a slim 40 milliseconds determined the A&M victory in the 200-yard medley relay to start Texas out at a 5-point deficit. It wasn’t until the third event that sophomore Madisyn Cox pulled out a Texas win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.61.

Senior Gretchen Jaques once again dominated the 100 breaststroke in the fifth event of the meet, going 1:00.72.

Texas narrowed the point margin from 19 to 6 points with races such as the 200 butterfly, in which Texas had a 1-2-3 victory over A&M.

In the 200 backstroke, sophomore Tasija Karosas clocked in at 1:54.97, just five milliseconds behind Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton. 

All-American senior diver Emma Ivory-Ganja put a hold on the Aggies’ winning streak by placing first on the 3-meter board with 347.40 points, while Cox raced in the 200 IM, resulting in another Texas gain with a time of 1:59.64.

The Aggies, now 4-0, finished off the night with their 11th and final win against Texas in the 400-yard freestyle relay, besting Texas’ 3:21.65 with a time of 3:20.40.

Now with a current 5-1 standing, Texas has a two-week break before competing in the three-day Texas Diving Invitational at home from Nov. 20-22.

After a week off from action, the men’s tennis team will compete in the Florida Invitational while senior Søren Hess-Olesen competes in New York.

Representing the Longhorns at the Florida Invitational are seniors Adrien Berkowicz and Lloyd Glasspool, along with junior Nick Naumann. Sophomore George Goldhoff and redshirt freshman William Jou will also make the trip to Gainesville, Florida.

The Longhorns, however, will be without leader Hess-Olesen. The fifth-ranked two-time All-American received an at-large bid to compete at the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, New York, beginning Nov. 6.

No. 106 Berkowicz looks to bounce back from a strong showing at the Texas Regional Championship, which ended with a semifinal loss to unranked freshman Cameron Norrie of TCU. Jou, a Houston native, looks to improve a 1-3 singles record after going winless in singles play at his Texas Regional debut.

Naumann, who was ranked 113th in ITA preseason rankings, is still looking for his first singles victory this season while No. 31 Glasspool looks to improve a 1-3 singles record. Neither Naumann, Glasspool, nor No. 56 Goldhoff competed in the Texas Regional.

The Florida Invitational will begin Nov. 7 and run through Nov. 9. Play in New York will also run through Nov. 9.

The No. 20 Texas tennis team started off 2014 team-play right, sweeping SMU 7-0 Saturday.

First, sophomore Nick Naumann defeated Julio Olaya in straight sets (6-0,6-3). No. 75  Junior Soren Hess-Olesen won in straight sets over No. 73 Arturs Kazijevs (6-1,6-1). Junior No. 35 Lloyd Glasspool won in straight sets (6-3,6-2) as did junior Adrien Berkowicz (6-1,6-3) and freshman No. 24 George Goldhoff (6-2,6-4).

Senior David Holiner won in three sets over Arkidjas Slobodkins (6-3,4-6,6-3) to sweep singles. In doubles, No. 5 Hess-Olesen/Glasspool defeated Kazijevs/Nowicki (6-1) while Sanders/Lammons of SMU knocked off No. 35 Holiner/Naumann (6-3). No. 55 Lewis/Goldhoff defeated Russell/Slobodkins (6-5) as Texas took two of three in doubles play for the 7-0 sweep. It was their 17th consecutive season-opening match victory.

Texas travels to Houston to take on Rice Friday.

The Longhorns traveled to Tulsa, Okla., this past weekend and secured impressive victories over two Top 25 teams in No. 25 Washington and No. 17 Tulsa. The Longhorns improved to 3-0 on the season with a 2-0 record against top-25 opponents.

Action started Saturday as the Longhorns defeated the Huskies’ No. 13 doubles duo Chris Camillone and David Holiner were paired with different partners for their matches by head coach Michael Center. That didn’t stop them from securing victories with their new partners Nick Naumann and Daniel Whitehead, respectively. The Longhorns’ No. 1 singles player, No. 31 Soren Hess-Olesen, returned to the court from injury and played in his first match of the season. He fell and lost the only match of the day to Kyle McMorrow in three sets (2-6, 7-6, 6-4). 

Sudanwa Sitaram, Whitehead, Naumann, Andrew Korinek and Lloyd Glasspool secured dual match singles victories as well.

Texas faced off against Tulsa on Sunday in a nail-biter of a match. Tulsa secured the doubles team point early on and established a 2-1 lead after splitting the first two singles matches. After that it was all Texas as Glasspool, Naumann and Whitehead secured victories and team points for the Longhorns. Whitehead was the last to play, and with the points tied at 3-3, he overcame No. 69 Alejandro Espejo in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 7-5) to secure the win.