24th ranked Texas won the doubles point and took three straight singles matches in a 4-0 blanking of Rice on Sunday in Houston.
Longhorns George Goldhoff and freshman Julian Zlobinsky beat Tommy Bennett and Jamie Malik in a tiebreaker, 7-5 to clinch the doubles point.
UT’s Harrison Scott defeated Tommy Bennett 6-3, 6-0 at second singles and Texas’ Rodrigo Banzer put Texas up by three with a 6-2, 6-1 win against David Warren at fourth singles. Longhorn Julian Zlobinsky lost the first set to Emanuel Llamas 3-6, then won the next two 6-0, 6-2 to seal the team win.
“We won a hard-fought doubles point, and they followed it up and competed really well all the way up and down the line in singles. I’m proud of what they were able to get accomplished today.” said Texas coach Michael Center. “We’re excited about next week and the great opportunity we have to play a very good Wake Forest team.”
Texas will play the fifth-ranked Demon Deacons on Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Women’s tennis: Duke won two doubles matches and got three singles wins in straight sets to defeat Texas 4-3 on Sunday in Durham, N.C.
After winning the doubles point, the Blue Devils won at the fourth and second singles positions to take a 3-0 lead.
UT’s Breauuna Addison improved to 22-2 in singles play with her 6-1, 7-5 win over 24th ranked Beatrice Capra at first singles. It was Addison’s fourth victory over a top-25 opponent this season.
Duke clinched the match with Christina Makarova’s 6-3, 6-4 victory over Lana Groenvynck. The two teams continued the singles matches and Texas got singles wins from Neda Koprcina and freshman Katie Poluta.
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