Sept. 17, 2012
WHAT: Texas resumes fall tournament play this weekend when it hosts the Longhorn Invitational, an individual singles and doubles event featuring 64 players from 12 schools.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23
Play begins each day at 8:30 a.m. Central. Competition will conclude at roughly 7 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas
WHO: The tournament features 64 players from Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, North Texas, UTSA, West Virginia, SMU, Houston, Rice, Denver and Tulane.
TOURNAMENT WEB SITE
Click here. Draws will be posted on the tournament web site on Thursday, Sept. 20. Results will be updated throughout the tournament on the tournament web site.
ITA Preseason Singles Rankings (TEXAS PLAYERS)
20. Aeriel Ellis
104. Lina Padegimaite
ITA Preseason Doubles Rankings
18. Lina Padegimaite/Noel Scott
LAST TIME OUT
Texas sent five student-athletes to compete at the Duke Invitational (Sept. 14-16). Sophomore Noel Scott notched three singles wins and reached the finals of her singles flight, where she fell to Duke’s Hanna Mar.
THE 2012-13 LONGHORNS
Under eighth-year head coach Patty Fendick-McCain, Texas returns six student-athletes from the 2011-12 squad that landed at No. 10 in the final ITA team poll, advanced to the NCAA Championship’s round of 16 and won the Big 12 Championship.
Senior Aeriel Ellis earned her second consecutive ITA singles All-America selection last season and has qualified for all nine national championship events contested in her time as a Longhorn. The Californian has advanced to the singles round of 16 at the last two NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Lina Padegimaite (pah-day-gee-MY-tay) posted a 22-5 overall singles record and was selected as the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year last season. The native of Lithuania cruised to a 9-0 mark last season in conference play. Junior Elizabeth Begley posted an impressive 34-7 overall singles record last season, which included a 21-2 dual-match record and a 9-0 mark in conference play.
Sophomore Noel Scott knocked off several highly-ranked opponents in dual-match play last season and notched 16 singles victories as a freshman. UT also returns junior Juliana Gajic and sophomore Annat Rabinovich.