Texas finishes final season at home facility with perfect record
AUSTIN, Texas -- Sixth-ranked Texas capped off an undefeated regular season on its home court with a 7-0 victory against TCU on senior day at Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
"It means a lot to go undefeated at home, especially since it is the final year of this facility," Texas head coach Michael Center said. "This is one of the more storied tennis facilities in the nation and is associated with one of the legendary names of Texas tennis in [D.A.] Penick and [Wilmer] Allison. We have had a great fan base this year and our student-athletes have done a really good job competing against really good teams on these courts."
Texas finishes the regular season 9-0 at Penick-Allison Tennis Center and 2-0 at the indoor Weller Tennis Center. It is UT's first undefeated home regular season since 2010.
The Longhorns (19-3, 3-0 Big 12) have won 11 of their past 12 matches, including a current six-match winning streak. TCU (10-10, 0-3) falls to 0-3 in Big 12 Conference play, which features three top-10 teams and five top-30 teams.
Saturday also marked the final regular-season home match for seniors David Holiner and Sudanwa Sitaram. Holiner and Sitaram have been a part of 71 wins in their four-year playing careers at Texas, including a 37-7 record at home. The Longhorns have won 10 consecutive senior day contests.
Texas won a closely contested doubles point against the Horned Frogs, as junior Adrien Berkowicz and George Goldhoff improved to 7-1 in dual-match play with their first win against a ranked opponent -- TCU's 73rd-ranked Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel -- 8-6. David Holiner and Jacoby Lewis clinched the doubles point for UT with an 8-5 win against TCU's Hudson Blake and Facundo Lugones at the No. 3 position.
The Longhorns earned victories on all six singles courts to notch their seventh shutout victory of the season.
Junior Søren Hess-Olesen gave the Longhorns a 2-0 lead with his 10th win against a ranked opponent this season, defeating TCU's No. 46 Nick Chappell (6-0, 7-5). Hess-Olesen cruised to a shutout victory in the first set and rallied from down 3-5 in the second set to preserve his straight-set victory.
Junior Clement Homs was the second singles match to complete. Homs defeated TCU's Andres Alfonzo in straight sets (7-5, 6-3) at the No. 6 position for his 13th consecutive singles victory. A native of France, Homs is 12-0 in dual match play, including a 10-0 mark at the No. 6 position.
Sophomore Nick Naumann clinched the team win for the Longhorns by defeating TCU's Rodolfo Bustamante in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 6-2). Naumann improves his record to a team-best 17-3 in dual match play with six consecutive singles victories and a 9-1 mark in the past 10 matches.
No. 74 George Goldhoff, No. 34 Lloyd Glasspool and Adrien Berkowicz respectively closed out the match with singles wins to finalize UT's seventh shutout victory of the season.
After three league contests, the Longhorns feature three players with undefeated singles records. Hess-Olesen (3-0), Naumann (3-0) and Homs (3-0).
Texas has won eight consecutive against TCU and leads the all-time series with the Horned Frogs 63-17-1. Saturday was the second meeting of the season between Texas and TCU. The Longhorns won a 4-2 non-conference decision on March 1 in Fort Worth.