Texas women’s tennis rallies to beat Purdue; men’s team falls to No. 21 Florida

Posted January 23rd, 2016


The Texas women’s tennis team rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Purdue 4-3 Saturday at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Boilermakers won the doubles point, and after a singles loss to Texas’ Breaunna Addison, went up 3-1 with wins at the fifth and third singles positions.

UT’s Dani Wagland cut the lead to 3-2 with her 6-3, 7-5 victory over Andjela Djokovic, and Texas freshman Chelsea Crovetti knotted the match with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Marta Ruedas-Burgos.


Longhorn Neda Koprcina clinched the match by defeating Natalia Davila 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

“Crovetti played a stellar third set under enormous pressure to level the match,” Texas coach Howard Joffe said. “Then Neda punctuated why she is known as such a ferocious competitor by winning and clinching the deciding set.”

The Longhorns will play either Alabama or Pennsylvania in the final round Sunday. The winner will get a spot in next month’s ITA National Team Indoor Championship.


Men’s tennis: No. 21 Florida won the doubles point and three singles matches to blank 20th-ranked Texas 4-0 Saturday at UT’s Weller Indoor Tennis Center.

The Gators won doubles matches at the second and third positions to take an early lead. Florida’s Diego Hidalgo dispatched UT’s George Goldhoff 6-2, 6-1 at first singles, and the Gators took a 3-0 edge after Jordan Belga defeated John Mee 6-3, 6-2.

Elliott Orkin’s 6-4, 7-5 win against Texas freshman Harrison Scott at second singles sealed the team victory.

Texas (3-2) will play either Ole Miss or Texas Tech in the consolation round at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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