Longhorns claim doubles event at home

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Senior Elizabeth Begley and junior Lina Padegimaite defended their home turf in doubles play Sunday, a week after they were shut out in Portland, Ore.

They advanced to the finals of the Longhorn Invitational after receiving a first-round bye and defeated two Wichita State tandems.

The two played against Rice’s Natalie Beazant and Stephanie Nguyen in the finals. After taking a 6-5 lead in the match, they broke Rice’s serve and held their own to win 8-6.

The win followed Saturday’s matches, which set Begley against Nguyen in the consolation singles round and Padegimaite versus Beazant in the singles quarterfinals. Begley won her match, while Padegimaite lost hers (3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6)).

At the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, sophomore Breaunna Addison and freshman Pippa Horn lost 8-5 to Louisville’s Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine in the first round.

Addison also dropped a top-ten matchup against No. 9 Julia Elbaba of Virginia after she made the singles draw as a wildcard.

Both events end the fall season for the Longhorns, who will begin the spring season mid-January at the Miami Invite.