Longhorns will make their second consecutive appearance in the national championship event after qualifying two weeks ago.
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WHAT: No. 11 Texas (2-0) makes its second consecutive appearance at the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) National Team Indoor Championship this weekend. The Longhorns will open the 16-team event against No. 6 Georgia, who is the fourth seed in the tournament. Texas also opened the 2012 ITA National Team Indoor Championship against Georgia. UGA won by a 4-2 count.
All 16 teams are guaranteed to play at least three tournament matches. Texas will play either fifth-seeded California or Michigan on Saturday, regardless of Friday’s result. Texas will play at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday if it wins Friday’s match.
Texas earned one of 15 tournament bids by winning its two matches at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event (Jan. 26-27). UT defeated Wichita State by a 5-0 count and overpowered Utah, 4-1.
While the tournament is not a NCAA Championship event, all matches count toward team rankings that determine placement in the 64-team draw at the NCAA Championships in May. Results also count toward individual singles and doubles rankings.
No. 11 Texas vs. No. 6 Georgia – Friday, Feb. 8 – 5:30 p.m. Central
Saturday, Feb. 9 – TBA
Sunday, Feb. 10 - TBA
WHERE: Boar’s Head Tennis Club – Charlottesville, Va.
I.T.A. PRESEASON SINGLES RANKINGS (TEXAS PLAYERS)
79. Noel Scott
A YEAR AGO AT THE ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOORS
Texas moved to the consolation bracket after sustaining its opening round loss to Georgia at the 2012 ITA National Team Indoors. Texas suffered a 4-2 defeat to Miami (Fla.) before closing the tournament with a 4-3 win over Clemson.
Texas’ top finish at the ITA National Team Indoors came in 2006, which marked UT head coach Patty Fendick-McCain’s first season with the Longhorns. Texas reached the finals, where it fell to Stanford. It was a rematch of the 2005 NCAA Championship title match, which also went to Stanford.
TEXAS OPENS AT NO. 11 IN I.T.A. PRESEASON POLL
Texas has landed the No. 11 slot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason women’s tennis team poll. It marks the Longhorns’ highest spot in the ITA preseason poll since 2006, when UT opened at the third slot.
NEWCOMERS ADDISON, GROENVYNCK OFF TO SOLID START
Eighth-year head coach and former Australian Open doubles champion Patty Fendick-McCain welcomes a pair of first-semester newcomers in Lana Groenvynck (Schilde, Belgium) and Breaunna Addison (Boca Raton, Fla.). Groenvynck reached the semifinals at the 2011 Borreman Cup in Belgium, while Addison is a former singles champion at the prestigious Dunlop Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.
Addison and Groenvynck made their collegiate debuts last month at the Miami Spring Invite and left the tournament with some impressive results. Addison posted a 3-0 singles record and defeated one opponent featured in the top-60 of the ITA singles rankings. Groenvynck posted a 2-1 mark at the Miami Invite and added a win in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event. Addison sits at a perfect 5-0 in her first semester of college tennis.
THE 2012-13 LONGHORNS
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 10 of 11 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. Ellis posted a perfect 3-0 singles mark at last month’s Miami Spring Invite.
Sophomore Lina Padegimaite 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-rankedopponents in dual-match play last season and notched 16 singles victories as a freshman. Scott brings a No. 79 singles ranking into the spring season, and she notched a pair of impressive wins at last month’s Miami Spring Invite. UT also returns sophomore Annat Rabinovich and junior Juliana Gajic. Rabinovich posted two singles wins at theMiami Spring Invite.