Women's Tennis preview: Miami (Fla.), Florida
WHAT: No. 22 Texas (4-0) hits the road once again to take on No. 8 Miami (Fla.) and No. 4 Florida.
WHERE: Neil Schiff Tennis Center, Coral Gables, Fla.; Ring Tennis Complex, Gainesville, Fla.
WHEN: Miami on Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. CT; Florida on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. CT
LAST MEETINGS AGAINST MIAMI AND FLORIDA: Texas met Miami on two occasions last season, defeating the Hurricanes by a 4-3 count on Feb. 3, 2006 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis., before suffering a 4-3 defeat on Feb. 26, 2006 in Austin. Florida dealt Texas a 7-0 loss on Feb. 18, 2006 in Gainesville, Fla.
ABOUT TEXAS: Head coach Patty Fendick-McCain is in her second season with the Longhorns after leading UT to an 18-12 overall record and a spot in the Big 12 tournament finals in 2006. Texas' 2006 NCAA Tournament stint ended in the round of 32 with a loss at TCU.
The Longhorns opened the season on Jan. 26 with a 7-0 victory over Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. Texas completed its successful road trip the next day with a 6-1 victory at Kansas. UT fought off challenges from Ole Miss and Arizona State last weekend in its first home matches of the season, defeating the Rebels by a 6-1 count and the Sun Devils by a 4-3 margin.
Texas returns three letterwinners from the 2006 squad, including seniors Petra Dizdar (Split, Croatia) and Ristine Olson (Missoula, Mont.). Dizdar is a three-time All-Big 12 Conference selection who finished the 2006 season with a No. 104 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles ranking. Olson totaled an 18-8 dual-match record a season ago, and sophomore Marija Milic (Etobicoke, Ontario) figures to see added playing time in 2007. Newcomer Sarah Lancaster (San Antonio, Texas) holds the No. 70 mark in the latest ITA singles rankings.