Women's Tennis preview: Missouri, Colorado
April 22, 2010
WHAT: No. 19 Texas (13-4, 8-1 Big 12) concludes the regular season this weekend at Missouri (6-14, 1-8 Big 12) and Colorado (10-10, 3-6 Big 12).
LAST MEETINGS vs. MISSOURI/COLORADO: Texas defeated Colorado by a 6-1 count on April 3, 2009 in Austin. UT knocked off Missouri by a 5-2 count on April 5, 2009 in Austin.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas improved to 8-1 in league play with a 5-2 win at Texas A&M on Tuesday, April 20 in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown. The victory secured a first-round bye for the Horns at next week’s Big 12 Championships in Austin.
LONGHORNS MOVE UP IN ITA TEAM RANKINGSTexas moved from No. 20 to No 19 in this week’s ITA team rankings, marking its highest position since January 2009.
Texas moved into the ITA top-25 at No. 20 on April 13 on the strength of its 6-1 victory over then-No. 5 Northwestern on April 10. It marked UT’s first victory over an ITA top-five opponent since February 2006, when the Horns knocked off Georgia Tech at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
ELLIS TABBED BIG 12 CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
LANCASTER CONTINUES DOMINANCE OF BIG 12 FOES
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 13 of her last 14 singles contests.
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.