Texas Women's Tennis Preview: Duke Invitational
Sept. 15, 2011
WHAT: Texas opens the 2011 fall tournament season with the Duke Invitational, an event featuring several schools in multiple singles and doubles flights.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18
WHERE: Cary Tennis Park - Cary, N.C.
WHO: Texas will join teams from Duke, Texas A&M, William and Mary, Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Virginia, North Carolina, Purdue, Alabama and Ole Miss. Texas will be represented by Aeriel Ellis, Krista Damico, Noel Scott, Elizabeth Begley and Cierra Gaytan-Leach.
On how this tournament prepares the team for the rest of the fall season
ITA Preseason Singles Rankings
14. Aeriel Ellis
THE 2011-12 LONGHORNS: Texas returns four regular singles starters from the 2010-11 squad that reached the finals of the Big 12 Championship and the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships.
The Horns are led by junior Aeriel Ellis, who last season became UT's first ITA All-American since 1999. The Californian has qualified to compete in all six national championship events contested during her two seasons as a Longhorn. She reached the round of 16 of the singles draw at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Senior Krista Damico totaled a 21-16 overall singles record last season while playing primarily at No. 2 singles. UT returns a pair of talented sophomores who saw significant time in the dual-match lineup last season. Juliana Gajic totaled a 13-6 dual-match record, primarily at No. 5 singles, and Cierra Gaytan-Leach totaled a 9-3 dual-match record.