Despite upsetting No. 9 Duke on the road on Saturday, the Texas Longhorns women’s tennis team couldn’t keep the momentum going as they fell 4-0 against eighth-ranked Pepperdine in Stillwater, Okla. on Thursday night.
Originally scheduled for Tulsa at 4 p.m., the NCAA round of 16 match had to change venues due to rain. The indoor courts at Oklahoma St.’s Greenwood Tennis Center served as the site of the end of the recent unlikely run of the women’s team.
The No. 24 Longhorns end their season with a 16-9 team record under first year head coach Howard Joffe, who guided Texas to a return to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 2012.
“Sure, we’re disappointed at the loss, but we’re not disappointed in how much we’ve managed to squeeze and exact out of this group,” Joffe said. “We’re nothing but prideful.”
Pepperdine took the first doubles match 6-1, but Texas bounced back with a 6-4 win by Daniella Roldan and Katie Poluta. Luisa Stefani and Jean Runglerdkri sealed the doubles point for Pepperdine as they defeated Breaunna Addison and Dani Wagland 6-4.
Matea Cutura extended Pepperdine’s lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Roldan at fifth singles.
Michaela Capannolo kept the Waves’ winning streak going with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Lana Groenvynck at sixth singles.
Addison, Wagland and Katie Poluta were all in the midst of close, three-set matches when Laura Gulbe clinched the victory for Pepperdine with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Neda Koprcina.
Addison and Wagland will now turn their attention to singles and doubles draws of the NCAA Championships later this month. Addison earned her fourth singles berth while Wagland picked up her first NCAA Championships singles berth. Together they amassed a 22-7 overall doubles record and will compete in the NCAA Championships doubles draw.
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