Longhorn preview: No. 20 Stanford, No. 12 USC, San Diego
WHAT: Texas (3-5) resumes its 2013 dual-match season with a road swing featuring three matches in four days. The Longhorns will take on No. 20 Stanford, No. 12 USC and San Diego.
Texas at No. 20 Stanford
Sunday, March 10 - Noon Central
Taube Family Tennis Center - Stanford, Calif.
Live scoring/video: http://streamingtennis.com/index.php/stanford1
Texas at No. 12 USC
Tuesday, March 12 - 3:30 p.m. Central
Marks Tennis Center - Los Angeles, Calif.
Texas at San Diego
Wednesday, March 13 - Noon Central
Skip and Sandy Hogan Tennis Center - San Diego, Calif.
LAST MEETINGS AGAINST STANFORD, USC & SAN DIEGO: Stanford defeated Texas by a 5-2 count on Feb. 6, 2010 in Austin. USC defeated Texas by a 4-3 margin on March 14, 2012 in Austin. Texas and San Diego last met 20 years ago, when the Longhorns defeated the Toreros by a 9-0 count in Austin.
I.T.A. SINGLES RANKINGS (TEXAS PLAYERS, AS OF FEB. 26)
28. Aeriel Ellis
35. Breaunna Addison
I.T.A. DOUBLES RANKINGS (TEXAS PLAYERS, AS OF FEB. 26)
12. Breaunna Addison/Noel Scott
LAST TIME OUT: Texas fell to Rice by a 4-3 count on March 2 in Austin.
ELLIS RETURNS TO I.T.A. SINGLES RANKINGS
Two recent victories over ITA top-20 opponents have lifted Texas senior Aeriel Ellis into a familiar position in the ITA singles rankings.
Ellis holds the nation's No. 28 singles ranking after posting victories over Georgia's eighth-ranked Lauren Herring and Alabama's 20th-ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane earlier this month at the ITA National Team Indoors. The two-time All-American added a win over Northwestern's 41st-ranked Kate Turvy in UT's road win over the Wildcats.
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 in January 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 8-3 overall in her first semester of college tennis and now holds a No. 35 national ranking. She defeated Northwestern's 83rd-ranked Belinda Niu to help Texas to its 5-2 win on the ninth-ranked Wildcats' home courts (Feb. 22).
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. Begley was selected as the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2012 Big 12 Championships.
Sophomore Noel Scott knocked off several highly-ranked opponents 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 the Miami Spring Invite.