Longhorns cruise to victory after waiting out a weather delay spanning over four hours.
AUSTIN, Texas – No. 11 Texas (1-0) rallied to take the doubles point before cruising to a 5-0 win over Wichita State Saturday afternoon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The contest, which was delayed over four hours due to weather, was the first of two matches held Saturday in conjunction with the annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. UT will play either Utah or Stephen F. Austinon Sunday at 1 p.m. with a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship at stake.
Wichita State took early leads at all three doubles positions, but Texas fought its way into a pair of matches and ultimately won the doubles point. The Shockers claimed a win at No. 2 doubles before the Longhorns claimed the remaining matches at first and third doubles.
UT’s Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott broke the serve of Wichita State’s Veronika Blaskova and Lucia Kovalova midway through their match at No. 1 doubles and assumed a 7-4 lead. The WSU tandem broke and held serve to pull within 7-6, but Addison and Scott held serve to take the match, 8-6.
Wichita State’s Montse Fernandez and Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul took a 6-3 lead on UT’s Lina Padegimaite and Annat Rabinovich at No. 3 doubles, but the Texas tandem took the next four games to assume a 7-6 lead. Wichita State evened the match at seven to force a tiebreaker. UT took control from the outset and won the tiebreaker, 7-2 to clinch the doubles point.
Wichita State elected to play only five players in singles. As a result, the Shockers defaulted the match at No. 6 singles and Texas took a 2-0 lead. Addison extended the Texas lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Pedrazzi at second singles. UT clinched the match at third singles, where Begley finished off Mahajaroenkul, 6-2, 6-0.
Freshman Lana Groenvynck tacked on a 6-1, 6-3 win over Summer Schlotterback at fifth singles to preserve the 5-0 win. With the match outcome in hand, the remaining two matches at first and fourth singles were called.
No. 11 Texas 5, No. 61 Wichita State 0
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Doubles – Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1 Breaunna Addison/Noel Scott (UT) def. Veronika Blaskova/Lucia Kovalova (WSU) – 8-6
2 Carla Venticinque/Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU) def. Elizabeth Begley/Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 8-4
3 Lina Padegimaite/Annat Rabinovich (UT) def. Montse Fernandez/Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul (WSU) – 8-7 (2)
Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 3, 5
1 Aeriel Ellis (UT) vs. Lucia Kovalova (WSU) – 6-2, 3-4, susp.
2 Breaunna Addison (UT) def. Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU) – 6-1, 6-0
3 Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul (WSU) – 6-2, 6-0
4 Lina Padegimaite (UT) vs. Veronika Blaskova (WSU) – 6-0, 3-1, susp.
5 Lana Groenvynck (UT) def. Summer Schlotterback (WSU) – 6-1, 6-3
6 Wichita State default (WSU only played five players)
Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain
On the weather delay: The weather definitely played a part, sittingaround all day. But, our girls are pretty experienced with that so we weren’t too worried about it.
On the doubles matches: It was a really good performance at No. 3 doubles, barreling back from being down 6-2. We fought a little bit of first-day jitters and managed to get that one in the tank. So that was good. And, we played very well at No. 1 doubles.
On the singles matches: Out at singles I was really impressed with our freshmen. Both Breaunna [Addison] and Lana [Groenvynck] played super tennis to get wins. Elizabeth getting her first win at No. 3 was well-deserved. She played big tennis and got it done fast. It was great. We were cruising in the other two matches, so it was a good day.