Longhorns play host for ITA Kick-Off Weekend

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A week after playing for individual bragging rights, the Longhorns will compete to contribute to the team’s success this weekend.

The Longhorns begin dual match play Saturday, hosting Wichita State, No. 34 Utah and Stephen F. Austin as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Saturday they will face Wichita State in a rematch of last year’s first-round match in the NCAA Championships. They will play Utah or Stephen F. Austin on Sunday depending on who wins.

The winning team will advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Feb. 8-11.

Last season as a freshman, Lina Padegimaite dominated dual match singles play. The Lithuanian posted a 21-5 record en route to being named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year.

Another Longhorn to keep an eye on in dual match singles play is junior Elizabeth Begley. She tied Padegimaite last season for most wins in dual match singles with a record of 21-2.

If all goes to plan, Sunday should pit the No. 11 Longhorns against the No. 34 Utes, who feature three players ranked in singles and a Top 25 doubles team.

Play at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center begins 10 a.m. Saturday with doubles.