Texas men’s tennis advances to NCAA Tennis Championships

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns reached the NCAA Tennis quarterfinals for the third time in six seasons after a 4-0 sweep of Cal Saturday in the Sweet 16.

The Longhorns were dominant dropping one set to the Golden Bears at the Texas Tennis Center. The No. 2 seeded Longhorns advance to face No. 10 TCU at the NCAA Tennis National Championships Thursday, May 16 in Orlando, Florida.

Texas will be leaving Austin for the first time during the postseason after defeating Tennessee Tech and South Florida in the first and second rounds last weekend on UT’s home courts.

The Longhorns won a road match 6-1 at TCU on April 6 during the Big 12 regular season. It’s the only meeting between the two teams this season.

No. 6 seed Baylor also advanced to the Elite 8 round. The Bears face No. 3 Florida with the winner meeting the winner of Texas and TCU in the national semifinals.

The Longhorns are making this run behind the guidance of interim coach Bruce Berque. Longtime Texas coach Michael Center for his connection to the college admissions cheating scandal. Center was charged with accepting $100,000 to help an applicant get admitted to the school as a tennis recruit even though the student didn’t play the sport. Authorities say $60,000 of that was given to Center in cash during a meeting in a hotel parking lot.

Center pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court April 24.  

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