LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 3 Texas (4-3, 1-0) swept doubles play and captured five of six singles matches on its way to a 6-1 win at No. 36 Nebraska (4-1, 0-1) Saturday in the two teams' conference opener. The Longhorns pick up their fourth win in their last five matches after beginning the 2006 season with a pair of losses.
UT seniors Mia Marovic (Split, Croatia) and Kendra Strohm (Tucson, Ariz.) opened the doubles competition with an 8-2 win over Imke Reimers and Ewelina Skaza at the first position. Junior Ristine Olson (Missoula, Mont.) and freshman Marija Milic (Etobicoke, Ontario) clinched the doubles point for UT by defeating Pamela Castillejos and Ellinor Zugner by an 8-3 margin at third doubles. Texas senior Kelly Baritot (Allison Park, Pa.) and sophomore Courtney Zauft (San Antonio, Texas) wrapped up doubles play by defeating Milena Schulz-Gartner and Kim Hartmann by a 9-7 count at the second position.
Texas sealed the victory with a dominant performance in singles play. Strohm picked up her first dual-match victory of the season by defeating NU's Vanessa Heute, 6-2, 6-0, at second singles. Marovic added a 6-3, 6-4 win over the Huskers' Reimers at the third position. Zauft made short work of Nebraska's Schulz-Gartner, winning 6-4, 6-1.
UT's Baritot surrendered the second set to NU's Castillejos at the fifth slot but rebounded to take the match with a 6-4 third set. Olson rounded out the scoring for the Longhorns with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Skaza at the sixth position.
Texas completes its weekend road trip Sunday at Colorado. First serve is set for 11 a.m. CST in Boulder.
No. 3 Texas 6, No. 36 Nebraska 1
1. Marovic/Strohm (UT) def. Reimers/Skaza (NU) - 8-2
2. Baritot/Zauft (UT) def. Schulz-Gartner/Hartmann (NU) - 9-7
3. Milic/Olson (UT) def. Castillejos/Zugner (NU) - 8-3
1. No. 36 Kim Hartmann (NU) def. Petra Dizdar (UT) - 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
2. No. 55 Kendra Strohm (UT) def. Vanessa Heute (NU) - 6-2, 6-0
3. Mia Marovic (UT) def. Imke Reimers (NU) - 6-3, 6-4
4. Courtney Zauft (UT) def. Milena Schulz-Gartner (NU) - 6-4, 6-1
5. Kelly Baritot (UT) def. Pamela Castillejos (NU) - 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
6. Ristine Olson (UT) def. Ewelina Skaza (NU) - 6-2, 7-5