Women's Tennis preview: Rice
Feb. 24, 2013
WHAT: No. 14 Texas (3-4) resumes its 2013 dual-match season at home this weekend when it hosts No. 35 Rice (6-4).
WHEN: Saturday, March 2 - Noon Central
WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center - Austin, Texas
LIVE SCORING: TexasSports.com
TELEVISION: The match will be televised live on Longhorn Network. Mark Brown (play-by-play) and former Longhorn Jon Wiegand (color analyst) will have the call.
I.T.A. DOUBLES RANKINGS (TEXAS PLAYERS, AS OF FEB. 12)
LAST MEETING AGAINST RICE:
LAST TIME OUT:
ELLIS RETURNS TO I.T.A. SINGLES RANKINGS
Ellis holds the nation's No. 29 singles ranking after posting victories over Georgia's eighth-ranked Lauren Herring and Alabama's 20th-ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane earlier this month at the ITA National Team Indoors. The two-time All-American added a win last Friday over Northwestern's 41st-ranked Kate Turvy.
NEWCOMERS ADDISON, GROENVYNCK OFF TO SOLID START
Addison and Groenvynck made their collegiate debuts last month at the Miami Spring Invite and left the tournament with some impressive results. Addison posted a 3-0 singles record and defeated one opponent featured in the top-60 of the ITA singles rankings. Groenvynck posted a 2-1 mark at the Miami Invite and added a win in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event.
Addison sits at 7-3 overall in her first semester of college tennis and now holds a No. 39 national ranking. She defeated Northwestern's 83rd-ranked Belinda Niu to help Texas to its 5-2 win on the ninth-ranked Wildcats' home courts (Feb. 22).
THE 2012-13 LONGHORNS
Senior Aeriel Ellis earned her second consecutive ITA singles All-America selection last season and has qualified for 10 of 11 national championship events contested in her time as a Longhorn. The Californian has advanced to the singles round of 16 at the last two NCAA Championships. Ellis posted a perfect 3-0 singles mark at last month's Miami Spring Invite.
Sophomore Lina Padegimaite posted a 22-5 overall singles record and was selected as the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year last season. The native of Lithuania cruised to a 9-0 mark last season in conference play. Junior Elizabeth Begley posted an impressive 34-7 overall singles record last season, which included a 21-2 dual-match record and a 9-0 mark in conference play. Begley was selected as the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2012 Big 12 Championships.
Sophomore Noel Scott knocked off several highly-ranked opponents in dual-match play last season and notched 16 singles victories as a freshman. Scott brings a No. 79 singles ranking into the spring season, and she notched a pair of impressive wins at last month's Miami Spring Invite. UT also returns sophomore Annat Rabinovich and junior Juliana Gajic. Rabinovich posted two singles wins at the Miami Spring Invite.