AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas swept Marist 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA championship on Friday afternoon at Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
The Longhorns improve to 19-0 in NCAA championship matches played in Austin and 15-1 in Round-of-64 matches. Texas also improves to 12-0 at home this season -- the final season of Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
"It was our first match in a couple of weeks so we were a little rusty to start the doubles [Friday], but we picked it up and performed will in singles," head coach Michael Center said. "We still have to keep our patience and our poise all the way through. Sometimes we want to start playing too well instead of just competing for each and every ball, but it was good to get a match under our belt. I know the guys will be excited about [Saturday]."
The Longhorns won the doubles point, led by an 8-3 win for David Holiner and Jacoby Lewis against Marist's Matteo Giudici and Dylan Fletcher at the No. 3 position. The duo of Søren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool clinched the doubles point with a win over the Red Foxes' Lorenzo Rossi and Will Reznek, 8-5.
In singles, Texas won all six first sets en route to its eighth dual match sweep of the season.
After Nick Naumann and Hess-Olesen extended their eight- and nine-match singles winning streaks, respectively, freshman George Goldhoff clinched the dual match with a straight-set (6-1, 6-3) victory against Marist's Joseph Dube at the No. 5 position.
"That was a good moment for George," Center said. "He has had some matches where he has been playing well, but let a couple things get away from him. For him to put together a complete match today and clinch the team win is important for his progression."
The Longhorns will play the final match in the 28-year history of Penick-Allison Tennis Center against Mississippi State in the NCAA championship second round at 2 p.m. ET Saturday.