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Men's Tennis

No. 9 men’s tennis will be in Chicago, Illinois, for the ITA Indoor National Championships beginning Friday. The undefeated Longhorns improved their season record to 7–0 last weekend with victories against No. 62 Washington and No. 75 Rice, but the quality of the team’s opponents will certainly increase this weekend. Many consider the Indoor National Championships to be the first true test for the Longhorns this season. 

The Longhorns will open the tournament against the reigning tournament champions, No. 8 Ohio State. The Buckeyes are currently 9–1 on the year, their lone loss against No. 12 Texas A&M on Jan. 31.   

One of the most intriguing story-lines of the tournament will be Friday’s match at No. 1 singles, as Texas senior No. 16 Søren Hess-Olesen faces off against Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard. Torpegaard, a wiry 6-foot-4 freshman haling from Virum, Denmark, is currently No. 30 in the nation and is coming off consecutive victories against two top-25 ranked teams. 

While the matchup between fellow countrymen Hess-Olesen and Torpegaard is guaranteed to be exciting, the Longhorns will need a strong effort from their entire roster in order to advance. If the Longhorns can continue to play as they have of late, they’ll be poised to make a deep run at the Indoor National Championships.

— Michael Shapiro

Women's Tennis

After a two-week hiatus, the No. 25 Texas women’s tennis will face their toughest opponents so far this season in this weekend’s road games.

The Longhorns (2—1) have only played teams that are ranked in the top 50, according to ITA national rankings, this season, and this weekend is no exception. The team travels to Southern California to play No. 30 Pepperdine on Saturday and then No. 12 USC on Sunday.

The match against the Pepperdine Waves (2—2) will be a true testament to how Texas performs on the road against an evenly matched team. The Waves are ranked lower than the Longhorns, but their team is led by two nationally ranked players: No. 109 sophomore Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai and No. 118 junior Michaela Capannolo. In the fall, Runglerdkriangkrai went 8–2 in doubles — best record on the team — and 8–3 in singles play.

Texas junior Breaunna Addison, who is ranked No. 55 in singles, is expected to play No. 22 USC junior Giuliana Olmos. Addison recently recieved the Professional Tennis Registry Female Player of the Year award.

Other nationally ranked athletes on Trojans include No. 65 senior Zoë Scandalis, No. 72 freshman Gabby Smith and No. 104 freshman Madison Westby.

— Reanna Zuniga

Track and Field

Another week brings another rise in the ranks for Texas track and field. Under head coach Mario Sategna, UT now joins the elite tier of schools sporting top-10 men’s and women’s teams. The men’s team, ranked 11th last week, moved up two spots to No. 9 after an impressive weekend, joining the women’s team, which jumped up a spot to No. 6. The teams will look to continue their climb up the college ladder through another split weekend, which will see the distance runners in Seattle and the sprinters in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

At the Husky Classic in Seattle, distance runners sophomore Sandie Raines and senior Craig Lutz both look to improve upon their excellent 3,000-meter times at Notre Dame last weekend in hopes of securing spots at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Assistant coach Brad Herbster praised sophomore 800-meter runner Robert Uhr last week, saying Uhr “has more in the tank” and that the Husky Classic would provide him “a good opportunity for him to race against more top 800-meter runners.”

As they head to Arkansas, junior Courtney Okolo and sophomore Senoj-Jay Givans hope to repeat the stellar performances in New Mexico that garnered them Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors. Okolo will look to improve upon her world-best 400-meter time of 51.35 seconds, while Givans hopes to achieve a new personal record again in the 60 meters.

— Bradley Maddox

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The No. 9 Longhorns men’s tennis team will host the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center this weekend.

The Longhorns need two victories in the ITA Kick-Off to qualify for the ITA National Indoor Championship, which will be held in Chicago from Feb. 13-16.

Texas is one of 22 universities selected to host the start of the 2015 spring season. In the current system, three visiting schools travel to a host team’s courts for a four-team tournament.

Coming off consecutive road victories against No. 41 Tulsa and No. 58 Arkansas, the Longhorns look to build on their 2-0 start when they face No. 49 Minnesota, No. 34 Florida State and No. 42 Michigan.

The event will feature seven ranked singles players — including two-time All-American senior Søren Hess-Olesen and fellow senior Adrien Berkowicz, who led the Longhorns in singles wins last fall.

Hess-Olesen and Berkowicz have a combined seven singles wins and eight doubles wins, and they enter this season ranked No. 13 and No. 48, respectively. They are 1-1 together in doubles play.

Junior Nick Naumann and freshman John Mee look to continue their impressive doubles play in a potential, consolation-play matchup against Florida State’s junior duo Marco Nunez and Benjamin Lock, who are ranked 24th in doubles.

Naumann and Mee, who hold a 4-0 doubles record, could also face Minnesota’s senior Leandro Toledo and freshman Felix Corwin, who are ranked 58th in doubles.

Freshman Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz is also off to an impressive start. Ortiz-Ruiz, a Mexico native, picked up his first career dual match singles
victory against Arkansas and currently holds a 3-2 singles record.

Junior Michael Riechmann holds a 4-1 singles record. He and Ortiz-Ruiz have a 2-2 doubles record as partners.

Senior All-American Lloyd Glasspool and sophomore George Goldhoff will remain on the sidelines during this tournament because of minor injuries, but they went undefeated at the UT Invitational in both singles and doubles play earlier this month.

The tournament begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with UT squaring off against Minnesota, followed by Florida State versus Michigan. Consolation play begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, and the championship match will follow at 1 p.m.

The No. 26 Longhorns enter this weekend’s matches against No. 30 Houston and No. 6 USC on a six-match losing streak.

After spending the first month and a half of the spring season in the top 20, Texas fell back eight spots after its recent losses to Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

The team’s 4-3 loss to the Commodores marked the first time Texas had scored more than two points since its last win a month ago.

It has not been all bad for Texas during the streak, as individuals have stepped up their play. Sophomore Breaunna Addison tallied two ranked wins two weekends ago, moving up to No. 16 in the singles ranking.

With a 3-6 record so far this season, winning at home in the next four non-conference matches would be a huge confidence booster for Texas as Big 12 play approaches.

Texas wraps up February with a game against the Cougars and begins March playing against the Trojans.

The Longhorns traveled to Tulsa, Okla., this past weekend and secured impressive victories over two Top 25 teams in No. 25 Washington and No. 17 Tulsa. The Longhorns improved to 3-0 on the season with a 2-0 record against top-25 opponents.

Action started Saturday as the Longhorns defeated the Huskies’ No. 13 doubles duo Chris Camillone and David Holiner were paired with different partners for their matches by head coach Michael Center. That didn’t stop them from securing victories with their new partners Nick Naumann and Daniel Whitehead, respectively. The Longhorns’ No. 1 singles player, No. 31 Soren Hess-Olesen, returned to the court from injury and played in his first match of the season. He fell and lost the only match of the day to Kyle McMorrow in three sets (2-6, 7-6, 6-4). 

Sudanwa Sitaram, Whitehead, Naumann, Andrew Korinek and Lloyd Glasspool secured dual match singles victories as well.

Texas faced off against Tulsa on Sunday in a nail-biter of a match. Tulsa secured the doubles team point early on and established a 2-1 lead after splitting the first two singles matches. After that it was all Texas as Glasspool, Naumann and Whitehead secured victories and team points for the Longhorns. Whitehead was the last to play, and with the points tied at 3-3, he overcame No. 69 Alejandro Espejo in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 7-5) to secure the win.