Women's Tennis preview: Texas A&M
March 6, 2009
WHAT: Texas (4-4, 0-0 Big 12) hosts No. 24 Texas A&M (4-5, 0-0 Big 12) in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown and the conference opener for both teams. UT will welcome its women's tennis alumni this weekend for the annual Letterwinners' Reunion.
WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center - Austin, Texas
WHEN: Saturday, March 7 - Noon Central
LIVE SCORING: Click here for live scoring.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas defeated South Florida by a 5-2 count on Sunday, March 1 in Austin.
LAST TEXAS-TEXAS A&M MEETING: Texas outlasted Texas A&M, winning by a 4-3 count in the semifinals of the 2008 Big 12 Championship in College Station, Texas. The Longhorns have won their last five meetings with the Aggies.
STATE FARM LONE STAR SHOWDOWN: One point will be up for grabs in Saturday's State Farm Lone Star Showdown meeting. Texas currently holds a 7.0-4.0 lead in the season-long standings between the two schools. Texas or Texas A&M must reach 10 points to win the season title outright.
THE 2009 LONGHORNS: Under fourth-year head coach Patty Fendick-McCain, Texas returns five singles starters from the 2008 squad that tallied a 20-7 overall record, reached the finals at the Big 12 Championship and reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. Heading the returnees is junior All-Big 12 standout Vanja Corovic, who teamed up with senior Marija Milic to reach the doubles round of 16 at the 2008 NCAA Championships.
Juniors Stephanie Davison and Sarah Lancaster return after spending their first two seasons as regular starters in the singles lineup. Sophomores Caroline Larsson and Maggie Mello also contributed heavily in singles and doubles action last season. UT welcomes a class of five newcomers headed by freshman Krista Damico and sophomore transfer Amanda Craddock, who helped Georgia Tech to the 2007 NCAA Championship during her freshman season.