The Longhorns’ improved performance at the Texas Regional Championships ends one day earlier than expected. Despite being shut out of the semifinals, the team gained valuable experience playing deep into the meet.
The doubles tandem of senior Aeriel Ellis and sophomore Noel Scott squared off against Texas Tech’s Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde in Monday’s quarterfinals. But the success of their 8-3 wins during the weekend did not translate into another win, as they were eliminated, 8-4.
While Ellis and Scott took the court against the Red Raiders, junior Elizabeth Begley and sophomore Lina Padegimaite went up against Baylor’s Ema Burgic and Jordaan Sanford. But Begley and Padegimaite could not stave off elimination as the Lady Bears won 8-5.
With the two losses Monday morning, the Longhorns will not have the chance to make it to the National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships by automatic qualification.
The women made the most of their opportunities in Waco. Five of the six Texas players managed to rack up multiple wins at the meet. As early as it is in the season, it is important for the Longhorns to gain as many wins as possible and advance to face tougher competition.
The most surprising aspect of the Longhorns play in Waco came from their doubles teams. Sophomores Scott and Padegimaite played the last two meets together, yet this weekend they paired up with Ellis and Begley, respectively. Both teams still managed to notch a couple of wins despite not having played together in nearly a month.