Women's Tennis preview: Texas Tech, Baylor
March 31, 2011
WHAT: No. 23 Texas (10-4, 5-0 Big 12) continues conference play this weekend at No. 45 Texas Tech (13-4, 3-1 Big 12) and No. 9 Baylor (14-3, 4-1 Big 12).
LAST TIME OUT: Texas hit the road last weekend and registered a pair of conference victories at Kansas State (5-2) and Kansas (6-0).
LAST MATCHES vs. TEXAS TECH AND BAYLOR: Texas defeated Texas Tech by a 7-0 count on March 26, 2010 in Austin. Baylor dealt Texas a 4-0 defeat in the round of 16 at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
ITA RANKINGS UPDATE
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 9-3 singles record in the bottom half of the Horns’ lineup.