Texas Women’s Tennis Preview: Texas A&M (State Farm Lone Star Showdown)
Longhorns head to College Station to take on Texas A&M Tuesday evening in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown.
WHAT: No. 20 Texas (12-4, 7-1 Big 12) travels to College Station to take on No. 34 Texas A&M (11-7, 6-2 Big 12) in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 20 – 5:30 p.m. Central
WHERE: George P. Mitchell Tennis Center – College Station, Texas
LIVE SCORING/VIDEO: http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/tennisvideo.html
LAST MEETINGS vs. TEXAS A&M: Texas defeated Texas A&M by a 4-2 count in the semifinals of the 2009 Big 12 Championship in Norman, Okla. In the teams’ most recent regular-season meeting, the Horns dealt the Aggies a 5-2 defeat on March 7, 2009 in Austin. Texas has won its last seven matches against Texas A&M.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas improved to 7-1 in league play with a 6-1 win over Nebraska (April 16) and a 7-0 win over Iowa State (April 17) in Austin.
ITA RANKINGS UPDATE
22. Aeriel Ellis (Texas)
57. Krista Damico (Texas)
58. Vanja Corovic (Texas)
65. Elze Potgieter (Texas A&M)
72. Nazari Urbina (Texas A&M)
109. Morgan Frank (Texas A&M)
29. Elze Potgieter/Nazari Urbina (Texas A&M)
33. Vanja Corovic/Aeriel Ellis (Texas)
39. Morgan Frank/Elze Potgieter (Texas A&M)
72. Morgan Frank/Lauren Santacroce (Texas A&M)
THE STATE FARM LONE STAR SHOWDOWN
Texas and Texas A&M will play for one point Tuesday night in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown, the annual all-sports series between the two schools. Texas currently holds a 7.5-5.0 lead in the season-long standings. Six-and-a-half points remain up for grabs this season. UT needs 2.5 points to clinch the 2009-10 State Farm Lone Star Showdown.
LONGHORNS MOVE INTO ITA TOP-25
Texas vaulted from No. 27 to No. 20 in the ITA team rankings released 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
The Big 12 Conference selected Texas freshman Aeriel Ellis on Tuesday, April 13 as its women’s tennis co-player of the week after she went undefeated in singles and doubles in the Horns’ win over No. 5 Northwestern. Ellis shared the 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.
LANCASTER CONTINUES DOMINANCE OF BIG 12 FOES
Texas senior Sarah Lancaster maintained her excellence in conference play over the weekend with a pair of wins over Nebraska’s Stefanie Weinstein and Iowa State’s Tessa Lang. Now at 8-0 in Big 12 play this season, Lancaster boasts a 36-1 record in Big 12 regular season matches through her four seasons in Austin.
THE 2009-10 LONGHORNS
Under fifth-year head coach Patty Fendick-McCain, the Longhorns return five of six singles and doubles starters from the 2009 squad that reached the finals at the Big 12 Championships and the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships.
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 12 of her last 13 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.