No. 2 Women’s Tennis advances to NCAA Round of 16

AUSTIN, Texas — The No. 2 University of Texas women’s tennis team posted a 4-0 sweep against No. 31 Arizona State (15-9) in a NCAA Second Round match on Saturday afternoon at the Texas Tennis Center. With the win, the Longhorns (27-1) advance to the NCAA Round of 16 against No. 16 Ohio State (No. 15 national seed) at 12 p.m. Central (1 p.m. Eastern) on Sunday, May 16 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

Texas won its 20th consecutive dual match and has recorded 19 sweeps in its first 27 dual-match victories this year. UT’s 27 dual-match wins are the second-most single-season total in program history, trailing only the 29-7 squad in the 1983-84 campaign.

UT grabbed a 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point for the 25th time in its first 28 matches. The senior tandem of Anna Turati and Fernanda Labraña dropped a 6-1 decision on court 2 against Sammi Hampton and Marianna Argyrokastriti.

The No. 19-ranked duo of freshmen Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun answered with a 6-3 victory on court 1 over Ilze Hattingh and Lauryn John-Baptiste. Tied at 2-2, Collins and Sun won back-to-back games to take a 4-2 lead. After Hattingh and John-Baptiste claimed the following game, Collins and Sun responded by winning the next two games to close out the match and move to 18-4 in dual-match doubles play this spring.

The No. 47-ranked tandem of freshmen Charlotte Chavatipon and Peyton Stearns clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win on court 3 against Giulia Morlet and Tereza Kolarova. Tied at 2-2, Chavatipon and Stearns captured back-to-back games to build a 4-2 cushion. After Morlet and Kolarova took two of the next three games to pull to within 5-4, Chavatipon and Stearns held serve to win their 12th consecutive match and improve to 16-2 overall in doubles this year, including a 14-1 mark in dual-match play.

Labraña opened singles action with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court 6 over Domenika Turkovic. Trailing 2-1 in the opening set, Labraña won five straight games to post a 6-2 first-set victory. She then jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and cruised to her 13th consecutive singles win.  Labraña improved to 22-2 overall in singles this season, including a 15-1 mark in dual-match play.

No. 72 Collins followed with a 6-3, 6-3 victory on court 5 against Marianna Argyrokastriti.  Tied at 2-2 in the opening set, Collins won four of the next five games to earn a 6-3 first-set win. She then jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and claimed her 12th consecutive singles victory, moving to 17-2 in dual-match singles action this spring.

For the second straight day, No. 76 Chavatipon clinched the overall dual-match win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory on court 4 over Giulia Morlet. Leading 3-2 in the opening set, Chavatipon won three straight games to close out a 6-2 first-set win. She built a 3-1 cushion in the second set, but Morlet responded by winning two of the next three games to trim the margin to 4-3. Chavatipon held serve and then broke Morlet on deuce point to earn her 15th straight victory and improve to 25-1 overall in singles this year, including a 22-1 mark in dual-match play.

The remaining singles matches featuring No. 37 Stearns (court 1), No. 35 Turati (court 2) and No. 62 Sun (court 3) were stopped once Chavatipon clinched her win. Ohio State (23-3) earned its spot in the NCAA Round of 16 with a 4-3 home victory on Saturday against No. 28 Vanderbilt.

#2 Texas 4, #31 Arizona State 0

Singles – Order of finish (6, 5, 4)

  1. #37 Peyton Stearns (UT) vs. #84 Ilze Hattingh (ASU), 6-2, 4-5, unfinished
  2. #35 Anna Turati (UT) vs. Sammi Hampton (ASU), 4-6, 2-3, unfinished
  3. #62 Lulu Sun (UT) vs. Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU), 6-2, 5-4, unfinished
  4. #76 Charlotte Chavatipon (UT) def. Giulia Morlet (ASU), 6-2, 6-3
  5. #72 Kylie Collins (UT) def. Marianna Argyrokastriti (ASU), 6-3, 6-3
  6. Fernanda Labraña (UT) def. Domenika Turkovic (ASU), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles – Order of finish (2, 1, 3)

  1. #19 Kylie Collins/Lulu Sun (UT) def. Ilze Hattingh/Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU), 6-3
  2. Sammi Hampton/Marianna Argyrokastriti (ASU) def. Fernanda Labraña/Anna Turati (UT), 6-1
  3. #47 Peyton Stearns/Charlotte Chavatipon (UT) def. Giulia Morlet/Tereza Kolarova (ASU), 6-4


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