University of Texas at Austin claimed a spot at the ITA National Championships

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No. 4 University of Texas at Austin men’s tennis team beat Oklahoma State 4-1 at the Texas Tennis Center, getting a sport for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will be held from Feb. 16-19 in New York.

After taking the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3, the Longhorns received singles victories from senior No. 1 Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1, junior No. 49 Pierre-Yves Bailly at No. 4, and senior No. 2 Micah Braswell at No. 2. Now, the Longhorns will host 9 Stanford on Sunday 4 February 2024 at the Texas Tennis Center.

Among the highlights, Micah Braswell and freshman Gilles-Arnaud Bailly defeated Leighton Allen and Eric Schiessl, 6-0. The nation’s third-ranked doubles team of Eliot Spizzirri and senior Cleeve Harper led Alex Garcia and Tyler Zink, 4-3, when play stopped. Both teams started the match 1-1 before Texas held serve next. In singles play, Spizzirri was first to finish, recording an efficient 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 over No. 18 Zink. The deciding match for Texas was No. 2 Micah Braswell’s 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over No. 48 Garcia at No. 2. Braswell dropped the third game and then held a 3-1 lead . That would be the only break of the first set, with Braswell winning the final game with a tie.

Men’s Singles

1. #1 Eliot Spizzirri (UT) def. #18 Tyler Zink (OKSTM) 6-1, 6-1
2. #2 Micah Braswell (UT) def. #48 Alex Garcia (OKSTM) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Gilles-Arnaud Bailly (UT) vs. Isaac Becroft (OKSTM) 4-6, 5-4, unfinished
4. #49 Pierre-Yves Bailly (UT) def. Alessio Basile (OKSTM) 6-2, 6-4
5. Erik Schiessl (OKSTM) def. #82 Cleeve Harper (UT) 7-5, 6-2
6. Lucas Brown (UT) vs. Francisco Pini (OKSTM) 4-6, 6-2, unfinished

Men’s Doubles 

1. #3 Eliot Spizzirri/Cleeve Harper (UT) vs. Alex Garcia/Tyler Zink (OKSTM) 4-3, unfinished
2. Pierre-Yves Bailly/Siem Woldeab (UT) def. Alessio Basile/Isaac Becroft (OKSTM) 6-1
3. Micah Braswell/Gilles-Arnaud Bailly (UT) def. Leighton Allen/Erik Schiessl (OKSTM) 6-0

The university’s men’s and women’s athletics teams are nicknamed the Longhorns. Texas has won 50 total national championships, 42 of which are NCAA national championships.

This is a public university located in Austin. The University’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement operates the University of Texas-University Charter School, a charter school system with 23 campuses across Texas. The University of Texas at Austin was ranked tied for 38th among all universities in the US, and tied for 10th place among public universities according to US News & World Report’s 2022 rankings.

It is considered the most prestigious institution in the Texas university system. It was founded in 1883 and as of 2007 had over 50,000 enrolled and graduate students and 16,500 faculty and staff. It is currently the largest of all institutions in Texas.

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