Women's Tennis preview: Nebraska, Iowa State
April 14, 2010
WHAT: No. 20 Texas (10-4, 5-1 Big 12) plays its final regular-season home matches this weekend when it hosts Nebraska (17-3, 6-1 Big 12) and Iowa State (9-10, 2-5 Big 12). The Iowa State match will mark the Senior Day match for UT’s Vanja Corovic and Sarah Lancaster, who will be recognized just prior to the match. The Horns will play additional matches at Penick-Allison later this month when they host the Big 12 Championships, which begin April 29.
WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas
LIVE SCORING: TexasSports.com
LAST MEETINGS vs. NEBRASKA/IOWA STATE: Texas defeated Nebraska by a 4-3 count on March 28, 2009 in Lincoln, Neb. The Longhorns knocked off Iowa State by a 6-1 margin on March 27, 2009 in Ames, Iowa.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas upset then-No. 5 Northwestern by a 6-1 count on Saturday, April 10 in Austin.
LONGHORNS MOVE INTO ITA TOP-25
ELLIS TABBED BIG 12 CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big 12 Conference selected Texas freshman Aeriel Ellis on Tuesday as its women’s tennis player of the week after she went undefeated in singles and doubles in the Horns’ win over No. 5 Northwestern. Ellis shared the weekly award with Texas A&M’s Nazari Urbina.
Ellis upset Northwestern’s 13th-ranked Maria Mosolova at No. 1 singles to clinch the Longhorns’ 6-1 victory over the fifth-ranked Wildcats. Ellis also helped the Horns clinch the doubles point when she teamed up with Vanja Corovic to post an 8-5 win over NU’s 23rd-ranked duo of Lauren Lui and Mosolova at No. 1 doubles.
THE 2009-10 LONGHORNS
Corovic returns after earning All-Big 12 singles honors in each of her three seasons in Austin. Senior Sarah Lancaster posted a 19-3 dual-match record last season and went unbeaten in conference play. Lancaster has won 10 of her last 11 singles contests and holds a 6-0 mark in Big 12 action.
Sophomore Krista Damico brought a 13-4 overall fall singles record into the dual-match season. Damico was selected as the Big 12 Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on April 6 after going 4-0 in her singles and doubles contests at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
Freshman Aeriel Ellis turned in a fall season that produced appearances in the main singles draws at the ITA All-American Championships and the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. Ellis totaled a 16-5 singles mark in the fall.