Texas Women’s Preview: USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships & Longhorn Invitational

Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn head to New York City to compete in the second of three national championship events on the college tennis calendar.

WHAT: Texas will compete in events on and off campus this weekend. Sophomore Breaunna Addison will play singles and doubles with freshman Pippa Horn at the annual USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the second of three national championship events on the college tennis calendar.

Addison and Horn earned an automatic bid into the National Indoors’ doubles draw by winning the doubles draw at last month’s ITA Texas Regional Championship in Fort Worth. The ITA awarded Addison a wild card to compete in the singles draw.

Additionally, UT will host the Longhorn Invitational, a bracketed singles and doubles event.

WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 7-10 (all day each day)
WHERE: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – Flushing, N.Y.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Sunday
WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: The tournament features 32 players from Texas, Rice, UTSA, Wisconsin, Wichita State, McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin. The event features two 16-player singles brackets and one 16-team doubles draw.

Under ninth-year head coach Patty Fendick-McCain, Texas returns six student-athletes from the 2012-13 squad that won UT’s second consecutive Big 12 Championship and landed at No. 17 in the final ITA team rankings.

As a first-semester freshman last spring, Breaunna Addison became just the third Longhorn ever to reach the singles semifinals at the NCAA Championships and the first freshman to do so.

The Boca Raton, Fla., native became the first UT freshman to earn ITA singles All-America honors since Susan Gilchrist in 1990. Addison tallied 30 singles wins and was selected as the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year.

Senior Elizabeth Begley has won two Big 12 individual titles and tallied 62 singles victories in her last two seasons. The Houston native earned her first ITA ranking this month and is featured at No. 124 in singles.

Former Big 12 Freshman of the Year Lina Padegimaite returns after posting 13 dual-match wins last season as a junior. Classmate Annat Rabinovich added a pair of dual-match wins last season.

Texas also returns senior Juliana Gajic and sophomore Lana Groenvynck, who clinched UT’s Big 12 Championship semifinal win over Texas Tech last season. Freshman Ratnika Batra (New Delhi, India) reached the second round of the girls’ singles draw at the 2012 Roland Garros (French Open) Junior Championships. Freshman Pippa Horn (Norwich, Norfolk, England) competed at the last three Wimbledon Junior Championships.

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