Women's Tennis preview: Texas A&M (State Farm Lone Star Showdown)
March 10, 2011
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WHAT: No. 24 Texas (5-4) begins conference play this weekend when it hosts No. 27 Texas A&M (6-2) in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown.
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, March 12 – Noon/Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas
LAST TIME OUT: Texas defeated Illinois by a 4-3 count on March 6 in Champaign, Ill.
LAST MEETING vs. TEXAS A&M: Texas defeated Texas A&M by a 5-2 count on April 20, 2010 in College Station.
STATE FARM LONE STAR SHOWDOWN: Texas and Texas A&M will play for one point Saturday afternoon in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown, the annual all-sports series between the two schools. Texas holds a 6.0-5.0 lead in the season-long standings.
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THE 2010-11 LONGHORNS: Texas returns four regular singles starters from the 2009-10 squad that reached the finals of the Big 12 Championship and the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships.
The Horns are led by sophomore Aeriel Ellis, the 2010 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and ITA Texas Region Rookie Player of the Year. The Californian played in all three national championship events last season – the ITA All-American Championships, ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and the NCAA Championships – on her way to totaling a 32-14 overall singles record.
Junior Krista Damico posted 28 singles wins during a standout sophomore campaign and registered a 15-8 mark in dual matches. Senior Maggie Mello compiled a perfect 11-0 mark in conference play last season, and senior Caroline Larsson finished with a 15-4 record last season in dual matches.
Freshman Juliana Gajic joined the Horns in January and has posted a 6-3 singles record in the bottom half of the Horns’ lineup.