No. 4 Males’s Tennis preview: NCAA Spherical of 16
No. 4 (4 seed) Texas vs. No. 13 (13 seed) South Carolina
When: Mon., Could 17, 2021, 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET
The place: USTA Nationwide Campus, Orlando, Fla.
Group Data: Texas (22-5, 4-1 Huge 12), South Carolina (17-9, 7-5 SEC)
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Up to date Group Stats
-Seven Straight Occasions to the Spherical of 16
Texas locked up its seventh-straight journey to the Spherical of 16 with two 4-0 sweeps over Northern Arizona within the first spherical on Could 8 and Northwestern within the second spherical on Could 9. The Longhorns are actually searching for their fourth quarterfinals look within the final seven yr.
-Again to the Place The place It Occurred
The Longhorns return to the USTA Nationwide Campus the place the final time they performed there from Could 16-19, 2019, they defeated No. 9 TCU, 4-1, within the NCAA quarterfinals, No. 4 Florida, 4-2, within the semifinals, and No. 3 Wake Forest, 4-1, within the finals to win this system’s first staff Nationwide Championship and full a 29-3 season.
-Defending Nationwide Champions (Nonetheless)
With out the NCAA Event being performed final yr, the Longhorns entered the season and the 2021 NCAA Event nonetheless because the defending Nationwide Champions from 2019. Juniors Chih Chi Huang and Nevin Arimilli and redshirt sophomore Cleeve Harper are the lone members remaining from the title staff with Huang being the one one to play that postseason. The staff has had an inflow of latest faces arriving since that point, whereas head coach Bruce Berque is in his third season after taking on halfway via the season and guiding Texas to its first staff championship.
-Texas earns No. 4 total seed for 2021 NCAA Event
The Longhorns earned their twenty ninth consecutive bid to the NCAA Championships and their Thirty eighth total choice for the reason that NCAA bracketed match was launched in 1977 and now maintain a 65-36 (.644) document all-time. Texas hosted the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships for a fourth-straight time and for the sixth time within the final seven years discounting 2020 when no match was performed. Moreover successful the 2019 Nationwide Championship, the Longhorns’ different high finishes got here in 1955 and 2008 because the nationwide runner-up they usually have reached not less than the spherical of 16 in every of the final seven years with three quarterfinals appearances in 2014, 2017 and 2019.
-South Carolina Collection: Texas leads, 6-1
Texas and South Carolina have met seven occasions since 1975 with the final coming in 2013, a 4-1 win by the Longhorns through the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Lexington, Ky., nevertheless this would be the first time in NCAA Event play. The final three conferences (2013, 1991, 1986) have all come within the state of Kentucky with the opposite two throughout Nationwide Group Indoors, making it the state during which the 2 groups have confronted one another probably the most. Previous to that, the groups met every year from 1978-81 with the primary and the final of these in Austin, one in Madison, Wisc., on the ITA Group Championships (1979) and as soon as in Columbia, S.C. (1980). The Gamecocks lone victory within the recorded sequence got here in 1978, which was a 5-4 resolution in Austin.
2013: 4-1 W, Lexington, Ky. (ITA Kickoff)
1991: 6-2 W, Louisville, Ky. (Nationwide Indoors)
1986: 5-2 W, Louisville, Ky. (Nationwide Indoors)
1981: 5-4 W, Austin, Texas
1980: 7-2 W, Columbia, S.C.
1979: 6-3 W, Madison, Wisc. (ITCA Group Championships)
1978: 4-5 L, Austin, Texas
No. 17 Texas 4, No. 40 South Carolina 1 (ITA Kickoff Weekend)
Fri., Jan. 25, 2012 • Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Heart • Lexington, Ky.
Singles – Order of End (3,2,1,4)
1. No. 31 Soren Hess-Olsen (Texas) def. Tsvetan Mihov (USC) 6-4, 7-5
2. No. 43 Sudanwa Sitaram (Texas) def. Andrew Adams (USC) 6-4, 6-1
3. Daniel Whitehead (Texas) def. Chip Cox (USC) 6-3, 6-1
4. Lloyd Glasspool (Texas) def. Kyle Koch (USC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
5. Thiago Pinheiro (USC) vs. No. 98 Nick Naumann (Texas) 6-3 (unf.)
6. Harry Menzies (USC) vs. David Holiner (Texas) 6-2 (unf.)
Doubles – Order of End (1,3,2)
1. Tsvetan Mihov/Chip Cox (USC) def. Nick Naumann/Chris Camillone (Texas) 8-5
2. Kyle Koch/Harry Menzies (USC) def. David Holiner/Daniel Whitehead (Texas) 8-7 (10)
3. Soren Hess-Olesen/Ben Chen (Texas) def. Thiago Pinheiro/Ben Barnette (USC) 8-4
-Texas vs South Carolina in 2020 match play
-Ranked No. 4
Texas is ranked No. 4 within the newest Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Affiliation (ITA) Rankings launched Could 5 by the ITA. It marks the Thirty eighth-straight ballot the Longhorns have been ranked within the high 10 courting again to the start of the 2019 season.
-New ITA Coaches Ballot
The ITA debuted its first coaches ballot on April 7 and the Longhorns have been ranked No. 7, they held that spot within the following ballot on April 14, moved as much as No. 2 on April 21 and have been No. 4 on April 28. No ballot was launched for the week of Could 5.
-ITA Particular person Nationwide Rankings (Could 5)
No. 23 Eliot Spizzirri
No. 38 Micah Braswell
No. 75 Siem Woldeab
No. 108 Cleeve Harper
No. 11 Eliot Spizzirri/Siem Woldeab
No. 73 Payton Holden/Siem Woldeab
No. 78 Cleeve Harper/Chih Chi Huang
No. 2 Daniel Rodrigues
No. 22 Connor Thomson
No. 54 Raphael Lambling
No. 67 Toby Samuel
No. 13 Daniel Rodrigues/Connor Thomson
No. 80 Raphael Lambling/Phillip Jordan
-Texas within the Particular person NCAA Championships
Texas had two singles gamers and one doubles pair chosen to compete individually within the 2021 NCAA Division I Males’s Tennis Championships. The singles gamers are sophomore Eliot Spizzirri and freshman Micah Braswell, whereas the doubles staff is the duo of Spizzirri and sophomore Siem Woldeab in a subject that’s composed of 64 singles gamers and 32 doubles groups. The primary-round attracts will likely be determined at a later date. All three have been chosen as at-large choices and will likely be making their first appearances within the match after it was not held in 2020 as a result of pandemic.
2021 Texas Huge 12 Postseason Awards
Coach of the Yr
Freshman of the Yr
All-Huge 12 Group
Eliot Spizzirri, Singles First Group*
Micah Braswell, Singles Second Group
Siem Woldeab, Singles Second Group
Eliot Spizzirri/Siem Woldeab, Doubles First Group*
Particular person Champions
Eliot Spizzirri, Co-No. 1 Singles
Cleeve Harper, Co-No. 4 Singles
The Longhorns earned a number of Huge 12 Males’s Tennis postseason awards, together with Bruce Berque as Coach of the Yr, Micah Braswell unanimously as Freshman of the Yr, 4 All-Huge 12 choices with two of these as unanimous, and two particular person singles champions. The All-Huge 12 staff honorees included unanimous first-team choices in sophomore Eliot Spizzirri in singles and the duo of Spizzirri and sophomore Siem Woldeab in doubles, together with two second-team honorees in singles in Braswell and Woldeab. The convention additionally honored particular person champions at every singles place based mostly on document with Spizzirri (4-1 Huge 12) sharing the honour at No. 1, and sophomore Cleeve Harper (3-1 Huge 12) sharing it at No. 4. Convention awards weren’t issued following the 2020 season, which was minimize quick by the pandemic previous to convention matches being performed. As a consequence of that, that is the second-straight time Berque has gained the Coach of the Yr award after doing so in 2019, and the ninth time total it has been gained by a Texas coach. It additionally makes it the primary time Spizzirri, Woldeab and Harper have obtained honors, along with Braswell who’s in his true freshman season. Braswell turns into the fifth Longhorn to be named Freshman of the Yr with the final being Christian Sigsgaard in 2017.
To this point in his early profession as a Longhorn, sophomore Eliot Spizzirri has had a superb begin, registering a 35-12 singles document that features an 27-9 mark in twin match play. In 2021, he’s 16-8 in twin match singles play and made an early mark within the season by clinching a 4-3 win for the staff over No. 9 Florida by downing No. 8 Sam Riffice in three units, which despatched Texas the ITA Nationwide Indoors. There, he helped Texas to a victory over No. 1 USC with a win over No. 19 Riley Smith. He has performed No. 1 in his final 16 matches and is 8-6 in these (two unfinished) with 9 coming in opposition to top-50 opponents together with a high-ranking win over No. 37 Matej Vocel of Oklahoma State. Total this season, he has 5 wins in opposition to top-50 foes. In his first collegiate twin match final season he opened with a win over No. 72 Andy Andrade at No. 1 Florida to assist Texas to a win. He had joined the staff in January and made a right away influence, enjoying primarily the No. 4 spot within the lineup. In match play on this season, he recorded a 7-1 mark in singles. He claimed the co-championship of the highest flight in singles and the championship of the highest flight of doubles with Siem Woleab on the Bama Spring Shootout. He has a 33-19 total profession document in doubles up to now, together with 16-10 this season in twin match play the place he has mixed with Siem Woldeab for 5 top-15 wins, 4 of that are top-10, with one over No. 3 Matej Vocel and Emile Hudd of Oklahoma State (who they’ve crushed twice, however most just lately have been unranked), two over No. 10 Sven Lah and Constantin Frantzen of Baylor (with one other when Lah and Frantzen have been No. 19), one over No. 14 Rithvik Bollipalli and Jakub Wojcik of South Florida and one over No. 8 Juan Carlos Aguilar and Bjorn Thomson of Texas A&M, together with developing simply quick in a tiebreaker to No. 1 Daniel Cukierman and Riley Smith of USC.
True freshman Micah Braswell got here out of the gate sizzling and posted a 12-1 singles document in his first motion as a Longhorn this fall, on his strategy to successful the championship of the Lakes Tennis Invite and co-championships of the TCU Invite and the Huge 6 Fall Invite. That included wins over gamers within the final rankings of final season: No. 48 Parker Wynn, No. 77 Luc Fomba, No. 87 Ilgiz Valiev, No. 104 Mason Beiler and No. 107 Charlie Broom. He adopted that up with a 3-0 begin to spring play on the Bama Spring Shootout to earn the co-championship with teammate Eliot Spizzirri, together with twin match wins in opposition to Louisiana, SMU and Liberty earlier than dropping his first in opposition to No. 85 Andy Andrade of No. 9 Florida. He gained 11 straight after that, together with over No. 104 Stefan Dostanic in Texas’ victory over No. 1 USC, a clinch in opposition to No. 86 Henrik Korsgaard in a win at No. 26 Oklahoma State and over No. 54 Filip Malbasic to assist down No. 15 Arizona. He additionally clinched Texas’ 4-3 win in its first twin street match of the season at Tulane. His win streak was snapped in in opposition to No. 64 Juan Carlos Aguilar of Texas A&M enjoying at No. 2, however he rebounded with a win over No. 111 Mason Beiler of Oklahoma, after which clinched a 4-3 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State with a third-set tiebreaker win over No. 107 Emile Hudd. Named the Huge 12 Freshman of the Yr, he’s now 33-6 total in singles play, together with 18-5 in twin matches, together with holding third-set leads when play stopped in two unfinished matches in opposition to No. 43 Sven Lah of Baylor. He is additionally 26-10 total in doubles with a 14-6 mark in twin matches, enjoying No. 3 in all however the match at No. 28 Oklahoma the place he and Cleeve Harper mixed for a 6-1 win. In his final seven matches, he has paired with Payton Holden for six wins, together with clinching the doubles level within the final common season contest in opposition to No. 2 Baylor.
Sophomore Siem Woldeab was honored because the ITA Texas Area Rookie of the Yr final season after he posted a 21-10 total document in singles, together with 11-3 in twin matches, moving into the beginning lineup for a defending Nationwide Champion Texas staff and enjoying largely at No. 3. He registered a excessive singles rating of 37 and a excessive doubles rating of 11 through the yr and picked up eight wins over ranked opponents in singles, together with 4 in opposition to the highest 40, two within the high 17 and one over teammate Yuya Ito within the championship match of his first collegiate match on the Gamecock Fall Invitational. He then paired with Ito to win the doubles title on the similar match, and later paired with Christian Sigsgaard to win the doubles title of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships. In twin match play, Woldeab clinched matches in opposition to No. 43 Tulane, Nebraska and Tulsa. Within the first twin match of his profession on the street at No. 1 Florida, he performed No. 3 singles and downed No. 17 Duarte Vale in straight units to safe the staff’s first level in a 5-2 win. Woldeab gained his final six singles matches of the season, together with in opposition to opponents on two top-10 groups in No. 8 Stanford and No. 9 NC State. On this twin match season, Woldeab is 10-7 in singles (4-1 in Huge 12), together with a straight units wins over No. 12 Duarte Vale of ninth-ranked Florida and No. 77 Noah Schachter of No. 6 Texas A&M, and a three-set win over No. 47 Sander Jong of TCU, whereas additionally main No. 24 Adam Walton of Tennessee in an unfinished match and tied with No. 46 Adrian Boitan of Baylor within the third set of one other. Woldeab missed 5 complete matches in singles this season because of harm, however he has now gained his final 5 singles selections. He has additionally posted a 13-9 doubles document, all with Eliot Spizzirri, that features six top-15 wins, 4 of that are top-10, with one over No. 3 Matej Vocel and Emile Hudd of Oklahoma State (who they’ve crushed twice, however most just lately have been unranked), two over No. 10 Sven Lah and Constantin Frantzen of Baylor (with one other when Lah and Frantzen have been No. 19), one over No. 14 Rithvik Bollipalli and Jakub Wojcik of South Florida and one over No. 8 Juan Carlos Aguilar and Bjorn Thomson of Texas A&M, together with developing simply quick in a tiebreaker to No. 1 Daniel Cukierman and Riley Smith of USC.
Sophomore Cleeve Harper has been one of many Longhorns’ most constant leaders and to this point in his sophomore season has put collectively a 23-9 total singles document and an much more spectacular 18-5 twin match singles mark, primarily at No. 4. Harper gained his first 4 singles twin matches and 9 of his first 10, which features a victory over No. 79 Ryder Jackson to clinch the staff’s match over then No. 1 USC on the ITA Indoors. He defeated his second ranked opponent of twin match play this season with a straight units win over No. 78 Pierce Rollins to assist Texas to a victory over No. 6 Texas A&M and adopted it with one other in opposition to No. t-99 Jake Fearnley of TCU. Harper has now gained seven of his final eight singles selections. Harper has additionally put collectively a 14-7 twin match document in doubles, together with wins in 11 of the final 16 selections. That stretch contains three completely different companions in Micah Braswell, Jacob Bullard and Chih Chi Huang. In these 11 wins, just one opponent has gained greater than three video games in a match, and actually, that has been the case in 12 of the 14 twin match doubles wins for Harper.
–Chih Chi Huang
Junior Chih Chi Huang has been an everyday in each the Longhorns’ singles and doubles lineups all through his profession. In 2021 twin match play, he has posted a 12-8 document, primarily at No. 5. After successful his first three twin singles matches of the season and 4 of his first 5, together with over Ben Shelton of Florida, Huang fell in three straight, nevertheless he recovered for eight wins in his final 12 selections, was key in Texas’ 4-3 win at No. 28 Oklahoma, whereas clinching within the 5-2 win over the No. 21 Sooners of their second assembly, and he clinched the 5-2 win at No. 2 Baylor. Huang has additionally posted a 10-9 document in twin match doubles play and has gained his final six of his final 11 selections when paired with Cleeve Harper, together with a key 11-9 tiebreaker win to clinch the doubles level within the Longhorns’ 4-3 win over No. 6 Texas A&M.
Sophomore Evin McDonald got here up with probably the most clutch efficiency of his early profession when he clinched the match at No. 28 Oklahoma with a gritty 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-5 win at No. 5 singles. He has gained eight of his final 12 with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 victory in his final resolution in opposition to Northern Arizona, one other by the identical rating at Rice, a third-set tiebreaker win in opposition to Arizona, a superbreaker win in opposition to South Florida, after which his second clinch in opposition to No. 6 Texas A&M in a 4-3 match, and his third in a 4-1 victory within the Huge 12 semifinals in opposition to No. 18 Oklahoma State. He’s now 12-10 in twin match singles play for the season and in addition contributed a key singles win within the final common season match in opposition to Texas Tech.
-Berque on the Helm
Bruce Berque is in his third season as the pinnacle coach at Texas having taken over halfway via the 2019 season. From there, he has led the Longhorns to a 50-10 total document (.833) that features 22-5 to this point this season, 13-3 in a season shortened by the pandemic final yr, and 15-2 in 2019 en path to the guiding Texas to its first staff Nationwide Championship. The Longhorns additionally earned the Huge 12 common season championship that yr.
With many of the higher-ranked groups within the nation returning a big variety of seniors profiting from an additional yr of eligibility offered as a result of pandemic, Bruce Berque has needed to mentor a younger and creating staff into one which has been persistently ranked within the high 5 and frequently within the high 10, together with as excessive as No. 2, shared the Huge 12 common season title, and posted a 22-5 document with all 5 of their losses coming to top-10 opponents. That has been achieved with staff’s singles lineup together with 4 sophomores (who solely obtained 16 twin matches value of competitors and no post-season expertise in 2020) at Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6, a real freshman at No. 2, and a junior at No. 5. All of these gamers except for the true freshman will even have the choice for extra eligibility that makes them the equal of 4 freshmen and a sophomore with solely a kind of having already used a redshirt yr. Most of those self same gamers are additionally enjoying doubles, together with two sophomores at No. 1, a sophomore and junior at No. 2, and a real freshman and switch senior at No. 3. For a lot of the season, different sophomores have been the second participant at No. 3 together with the freshman.
-Coming Up Clutch
To this point this season Texas is 6-1 in matches determined within the remaining singles contest with 4-3 wins over No. 9 Florida, No. 15 Arizona and No. 18 Oklahoma State in Austin, No. 1 USC on the ITA Indoor Nationals, and on the street at Tulane and No. 28 Oklahoma. The Longhorns are 3-3 within the doubles level in these the wins, however picked up the clinching level in singles from 5 completely different gamers together with Eliot Spizzirri in opposition to Florida, Cleeve Harper in opposition to USC, Micah Braswell at Tulane and versus Oklahoma State, Evin McDonald at Oklahoma and Nevin Arimilli in opposition to Arizona. The one defeat was of their match in opposition to No. 8 TCU which noticed the ultimate singles match go to a third-set tiebreaker.
-Knocking Off No. 1s
Included within the staff’s wins this season are three of the 4 groups who’ve been ranked No. 1 sooner or later this season, together with No. 2 Baylor (at present No. 1), No. 9 Florida (at present No. 2) and No. 1 USC (at present No. 12). The win over Florida despatched the Longhorns to the quarterfinals of the ITA Nationwide Group Indoors the place they defeated No. 1 USC within the first comfort match. The 5-2 win at No. 2 Baylor was what helped Texas win a share of the Huge 12 title and earn the No. 1 seed within the Huge 12 Championship the place they reached the ultimate, solely falling to Baylor, whereas enjoying in Waco for the second time in 11 days.
-Getting It Carried out on the Court docket and within the Classroom
The Longhorns posted a school-record eight honorees to the 2021 Educational All-Huge 12 Tennis Group, the convention introduced Could 6. That quantity bettered the earlier excessive of six set thrice in 1997, 2011 and 2013 and in addition led the Huge 12 in 2021 choices. Of the eight, seven earned first-team recognition, together with juniors Nevin Arimilli and Chih Chi Huang, together with sophomores Cleeve Harper, Evin McDonald, Eliot Spizzirri, Eshan Talluri and Siem Woldeab, whereas sophomore Jacob Bullard was named to the second staff. All three eligible returning gamers made the staff for the second-straight time after Arimilli and Harper have been on the primary staff and Huang was on the second staff final yr. Freshmen are usually not eligible, so the opposite 5 are making their first look. Additionally with freshmen and transfers not eligible of their first yr of educational residence, these two classes make up the Longhorns’ three remaining 2021 roster spots together with two freshmen in Leighton Allen and Micah Braswell and one graduate switch in Payton Holden.
-Again to the Huge 12 Championship Finals
The Longhorns reached the Huge 12 Championship Finals for the third straight time. They’ve made the finals 12 occasions of their historical past, successful 5 of these with the newest coming in 2018, along with 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2010.
-Woldeab named to Huge 12 All-Event Group
Siem Woldeab was named to the 2021 Huge 12 Males’s Tennis All-Event Group at No. 3 singles. Through the match, Woldeab captured a 6-4, 6-1 win over Henrik Korsgaard of Oklahoma State in serving to Texas to a 4-1 semifinals win, whereas additionally successful his first set and main within the third of an unfinished match in opposition to Nick Stachowiak of Baylor, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0, within the finals.
-3-0 vs. Oklahoma State
The Longhorns defeated Oklahoma State for the third time this yr with a 4-1 win within the Huge 12 semifinals on April 24. They’d earlier crushed them 4-1 in non-conference match in Stillwater on March 5, and adopted that with a 4-3 win in Austin on April 11. Texas used singles wins from Siem Woldeab at No. 3, Micah Braswell at No. 2, Cleeve Harper at No. 4 and Evin McDonald with the clinch at No. 6.
-Two straight Huge 12 common season titles
Texas claimed a share of its second-straight Huge 12 common season championship, ending with a 4-1 convention document and in a three-way tie with Baylor and TCU. After successful the title outright in 2019, the Huge 12 season was not performed in 2020 as a result of pandemic, and the Longhorns used a 4-1 win at No. 21 Texas Tech on April 18 to shut their convention slate and earn a share of their ninth common season Huge 12 championship in program historical past.
-Spizzirri – Document-setting five-time Huge 12 Participant of the Week
Eliot Spizzirri was named Huge 12 Males’s Tennis Co-Participant of the Week for the week ending April 18 after main Texas to street wins over No. 21 Oklahoma and No. 18 Oklahoma State. It marks Spizzirri’s fifth convention weekly honor of the season and of his profession after he additionally earned it for the weeks that ended Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28 and April 11. The 5 in a single yr units a brand new Huge 12 single-season document after Spizzirri had beforehand been tied with former teammate Yuya Ito for the document. Additionally it is the sixth for the Longhorns this season after freshman Micah Braswell obtained it for the week ending March 7.
-Highway Win at No. 2 Baylor
The Longhorns topped No. 2 Baylor, 5-2, in Waco on April 15 on the Hawkins Tennis Heart to earn their fourth win over a top-10 staff this season. It was the third time the groups had met this season with the Bears successful non-conference matches in Austin and on the ITA Nationwide Indoors earlier this yr. The match had been scheduled to be performed outdoor and moved indoors because of climate. Texas used the doubles level and singles wins from Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1, Siem Woldeab at No. 3, the clincher from Chih Chi Huang at No. 5, and a further victory from Cleeve Harper at No. 4 for the ultimate.
-Wrangling a Sweep of the Cowboys
The Longhorns accomplished a sweep of each common season matches in opposition to Oklahoma State with a 4-3 victory on April 11. Texas had gained, 4-1, in Stillwater earlier within the yr in a non-conference match. This time, the Longhorns gained the doubles level and adopted with singles wins by Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1 and Siem Woldeab at No. 3, and No. 16 Micah Braswell at No. 2, who clinched the general match in a third-set tiebreaker.
-Pink River Sweep
Texas has gained each common season conferences with rival Oklahoma with the newest coming in Huge 12 Convention play. The Longhorns gained the doubles level and clinched at 4-0 with straight units singles victories from Micah Braswell at No. 2, Cleeve Harper at No. 4 and Chih Chi Huang at No. 5. Because the groups performed it out, these have been adopted by a third-set superbreaker win for Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1, whereas the one two defeats got here in one other third-set superbreaker at No. 6, and an everyday third-set tiebreaker at No. 3.
-So Shut In opposition to TCU
The Longhorns and No. 8 TCU battled to a tiebreaker within the third set of the final singles match with the Horn Frogs developing with the 4-3 win on the Texas Tennis Heart on April 3. TCU gained the doubles level and Texas obtained wins from Siem Woldeab at No. 3, Cleeve Harper at No. 4 and Chih Chi Huang at No. 5, however got here up simply quick at No. 2 with Eliot Spizzirri within the third-set tiebreaker.
Texas and Texas A&M met on the tennis court docket for the primary time since 2016 and the primary time within the common season since 2012 once they confronted off on March 31. The Longhorns used a dramatic doubles level victory that was clinched at 11-9 by Cleeve Harper and Chih Chi Huang within the remaining match and three singles wins from Siem Woldeab at No. 3, Harper at No. 4, and Evin McDonald at No. 6 for the 4-3 win, which was clinched at 4-0. The doubles level additionally featured a top-10 win for Woldeab and Eliot Spizzirri over the No. 8 pair within the nation.
-Horns over Bulls
The Longhorns earned a 6-1 win over No. 29 South Florida on March 27. It was their sixth-straight win with 4 of these coming in opposition to ranked opponents. Texas used the doubles level and straight-set singles wins by junior Chih Chi Huang at No. 5, freshman No. 18 Micah Braswell at No. 3, and sophomores Cleeve Harper at No. 4, No. 32 Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1 and Evin McDonald at No. 6 for the victory.
-Going the Distance
Texas bested No. 15 Arizona, 4-3, on March 19 in a hard-fought thriller that noticed all six singles contests go to a few units. The Longhorns took the doubles level that had two matches end at 7-5 after which added singles wins by freshman No. 78 Micah Braswell at No. 2, sophomore Evin McDonald at No. 5 and junior Nevin Arimilli at No. 6. Along with all singles matches going three units, two of these have been determined by tiebreakers, together with McDonald’s, and Arimilli clinched the match at 7-5 in his third set.
-4-0 On the Highway
The Longhorns accomplished their four-match street stretch with an ideal document by downing Rice, 6-1, on the George R. Brown Tennis Heart in Houston on March 12. Texas used the doubles level and 5 singles victories by sophomore Evin McDonald at No. 5, freshman No. 78 Micah Braswell at No. 2, sophomore Cleeve Harper at No. 3, sophomore No. 120 Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1, and junior Chih Chi Huang at No. 4 to take the victory.
-Braswell tabbed Huge 12 Participant of the Week
Micah Braswell was named Huge 12 Males’s Tennis Participant of the Week for the week ending March 7. It was the primary convention weekly honor of Braswell’s profession, giving it to the Longhorns for the second-straight week after sophomore Eliot Spizzirri obtained it final week. Spizzirri has earned it twice this season for a complete of three for Texas gamers. Braswell helped lead Texas to 2 street win in opposition to ranked opponents because the Longhorns gained non-conference matches at No. 26 Oklahoma State (4-1) and at No. 28 Oklahoma (4-3), together with clinching the Oklahoma State match.
-Sweep within the Sooner state
Texas gained a pair of non-conference matches in opposition to ranked Huge 12 foes within the state of Oklahoma. First the Longhorns secured a 4-1 win at No. 26 Oklahoma State in Stillwater on March 5. Texas captured the doubles level, together with a win at No. 1 by the sophomore duo of Eliot Spizzirri and Siem Woldeab over the No. 3 doubles pair within the nation, and adopted with singles wins by junior Chih Chi Huang at No. 5, sophomore Cleeve Harper at No. 4 and freshman No. 78 Micah Braswell at No. 3. Braswell clinched his second-straight match to complete the win.
The Longhorns adopted that by combating again for a 4-3 victory in opposition to No. 28 Oklahoma in Norman on March 7 to win the staff’s third-straight street match and sweep its two matches within the state of Oklahoma. In robust, windy situations with sophomore Siem Woldeab out of the lineup because of harm, the Longhorns used 4 singles wins by junior Nevin Arimilli at No. 6, sophomore Micah Braswell at No. 2, junior Chih Chi Huang at No. 4 and sophomore Evin McDonald at No. 5 for the win. For McDonald, it was his first clinch as a Longhorn.
-Opening Sturdy on the Highway at Tulane
Texas performed its first true street twin match of the season and opened a four-match street stretch with a 4-3 over Tulane at Metropolis Park Tennis Heart in New Orleans on Feb. 27. The Longhorns used a pair of 6-2 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to assert that time and adopted with singles wins by junior Nevin Arimilli at No. 6, sophomore No. 120 Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1, and freshman No. 78 Micah Braswell at No. 3, who broke a 3-3 tie to clinch in three units.
-Topping No. 1 at ITA Indoors
Texas made its third-straight journey to the ITA Nationwide Group Indoor Championships from Feb. 12-14, dealing with three high 10 groups and coming away with a 4-3 win over No. 1 USC on Feb. 13. The Longhorns overcame a 3-0 deficit to the Trojans with 4 singles wins, three of which went to a few units. The Horns virtually pulled off an much more spectacular comeback the following day in opposition to No. 10 Tennessee, having dropped the doubles level and all six first units in singles, however got here up simply quick, 4-2, with the clinching match going to 7-5 within the third set and main 3-1 within the third set of the remaining match. Of their opening match in opposition to No. 4 Baylor, the Longhorns fell, 4-0, however earned a win over the No. 10 doubles pair within the nation and had leads within the ongoing units of the three unfinished matches with the primary units of two of them going to the Bears in tiebreakers.
-Doubleheader Sweep Over UIW and Texas A&M-CC
Heading into the ITA Indoors, the Longhorns swept a doubleheader in opposition to UIW (6-1) and Texas A&M-Corpus Chrisiti (5-0) on Feb. 6. Eliot Spizzirri, Micah Braswell and Cleeve Harper all earned two singles wins for the day, whereas Leighton Allen earned his first faculty singles win in twin match play in opposition to TAMCC.
-Break up of Again-to-Again Versus No. 6 Baylor and Arizona State
In back-to-back matches on January 30-31, Texas misplaced a good contest to No. 6 Baylor, 4-1, however rebounded the following day to defeat Arizona State, 4-3. The match in opposition to Baylor was nearer than the rating with the Bears successful the final match in three units and the Longhorns main and tied within the two remaining singles matches when play stopped, whereas the match in opposition to the Solar Devils was clinched at 4-1 earlier than the groups performed out the final two matches. Texas gave Baylor its first doubles level lack of the season after which used 4 singles wins over Arizona State.
-Three Straight Journeys to ITA Nationwide Group Indoor Championships
Texas earned its third straight journey to the ITA Nationwide Group Indoor Championships by defeating Liberty (4-1) and No. 9 Florida (4-3) within the Austin ITA Kickoff Weekend on Jan. 22-23. In a rollercoaster of a day in opposition to Florida that concerned a number of climate delays and a late location change, the Longhorns persevered and topped the Gators on the energy of singles wins from Cleeve Harper, Chih Chi Huang, Siem Woldeab and eventually Eliot Spizzirri over No. 8 Sam Riffice in three units. The ITA Indoors will happen from February 12-14 in Champaign, In poor health.
-Finishing a Again-to-Again Sweep In opposition to SMU
The Longhorns posted their second 7-0 sweep in as many days as they down SMU by that rating on the Texas Tennis Heart on Jan. 16. Texas did not drop a set to the Mustangs and solely left one doubles match unfinished at 3-3.
-Season Opening Sweep Over Louisiana
Texas opened its 2021 twin match season with a 7-0 sweep of Louisiana on the Texas Tennis Heart on Jan. 15. The Longhorns gained all six singles matches on the day with 4 in straight units and two that resulted in third-set superbreakers. Additionally they took two out of three doubles matches.
-Bama Spring Shootout
The Longhorns headed to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to open spring play in a match that was initially scheduled to host particular person play between Texas, Alabama and Mississippi State. Nonetheless, after Mississippi State withdrew, members of Texas and Alabama confronted off with the Longhorns successful 4 out of 5 titles, together with sweeping all 10 doubles matches performed on the second day. All three singles champions for the Longhorns in Eliot Spizzirri, Micah Braswell and Leighton Allen posted good 3-0 information.
Texas Singles Champions
Flight 1 – Eliot Spizzirri, Micah Braswell (co)
Flight 3 – Leighton Allen
Texas Doubles Champions
Flight 1 – Eliot Spizzirri/Siem Woldeab
Flight 2 – Micah Braswell/Cleeve Harper
-Merely the Greatest
This season Texas will likely be with out two of its staples from the final 4 years that included a run to this system’s first staff Nationwide Championship in Yuya Ito and Christian Sigsgaard. Each gamers rank within the high 10 in all-time singles wins at Texas with Ito fifth (111) and Sigsgaard seventh (105) and would have been eligible to return, nevertheless Sigsgaard selected to start his profession in skilled tennis, whereas Ito accepted a job alternative in Japan.
Ito posted total profession marks of 111-34 (.766) in singles and 79-36 (.687) in doubles, together with twin match information of 66-18 (.786) in singles and 48-27 (.640) in doubles. He was on tempo to set the UT document for profession singles victories had his remaining season not been minimize quick. His total .766 profession singles successful share is the perfect among the many 22 gamers who’ve 90 victories or extra. Ito was simply the third three-time singles All-American (2017, ’19, ’20) in program historical past since separate singles and doubles honors started to be acknowledged in 1979. He completed within the high 10 of the ITA remaining singles rankings in each of the final two years at No. 8 in 2019 and No. 2 in 2020. He additionally paired with Christian Sigsgaard to rank as excessive as No. 4 in doubles in 2020.
Sigsgaard posted total profession marks of 105-41 (.719) in singles and 78-33 (.703) in doubles, together with twin match information of 53-28 (.654) in singles and 51-21 (.708) in doubles. He departed Texas with three ITA All-America honors, incomes them in singles in 2019 and 2020, and in doubles in 2019. He positioned within the high 10 of the ITA remaining rankings in singles and doubles each of these years, ending at No. 6 in singles in 2019 and 2020 and in doubles in 2019, together with No. 9 in doubles in 2020.
-Yr 4 on the Texas Tennis Heart
Texas accomplished its fourth yr of play on the Texas Tennis Heart with a 14-2 mark in 2021, which included wins over No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 9 Florida and No. 15 Arizona, and has compiled a 48-5 total document. That additionally features a 9-0 mark in a shortened season in 2020 that featured wins in opposition to No. 8 Stanford, No. 18 Georgia and No. 21 Florida State. The Longhorns completed 2019 with a 15-1 mark there, together with wins over No. 1 Ohio State, No. 6 Baylor and No. 12 Columbia, together with three NCAA Event victories. The lone loss got here to No. 15 USC. Throughout its inaugural season, Texas posted a 10-2 document, together with successful the 2018 Huge 12 Event.