Women's Tennis preview: Duke Invitational
Sept. 16, 2010
WHAT: Texas opens the 2010 fall tournament season with the Duke Invitational, an event featuring 10 teams in multiple singles and doubles flights.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19
WHERE: Cary Tennis Park – Cary, N.C.
WHO: Texas will join teams from Duke, Alabama, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, Northwestern, Princeton, Purdue and Wisconsin.
On Aeriel Ellis and Krista Damico
“We’re excited about Krista with her No. 44 ITA preseason singles ranking. She got a taste of what consistently high performance was like last year, and she is ready to step up this year and do some damage. She has worked really hard.”
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.
Seniors Amanda Craddock and Abby Liu and juniors Carlene Leyden, Julia Wiegand and Maya Zein-El-Abdin also return for the 2010-11 campaign. They are joined by a pair of freshmen in Elizabeth Begley and Cierra Gaytan-Leach.