AUSTIN, Texas — The No. 2 University of Texas women’s tennis team registered a 4-0 sweep against Denver (14-4) in a NCAA First Round match on Friday afternoon at the Texas Tennis Center. With the win, the Longhorns (26-1) advance to a NCAA Second Round contest against No. 31 Arizona State on Saturday at 3 p.m. Central.
Texas won its 19th consecutive dual match and has recorded 18 sweeps in its first 26 dual-match victories this year. Arizona State (15-8) earned its spot in the NCAA Second Round with a 4-0 victory against No. 38 Mississippi State (11-13) earlier on Friday.
UT took a 1-0 advantage after earning the doubles point for the 24th time in its first 27 matches. The No. 47-ranked tandem of freshmen Charlotte Chavatipon and Peyton Stearns claimed a 6-1 win on court 3 against Toni Nelson and Taylor Melville. Chavatipon and Stearns raced out to a 3-0 lead and cruised to victory to improve to 15-2 overall in doubles this year, including a 13-1 mark in dual-match play.
The No. 19-ranked duo of freshmen Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory on court 1 over Britt Pursell and Camille Verden-Anderson. Collins and Sun jumped out to a 4-0 cushion, before Pursell and Verden-Anderson claimed two of the next three games to pull to within 5-2. Collins and Sun held serve in the ensuing game, as Collins hit a service winner on deuce point to close out the match and move to 17-4 in dual-match doubles play this spring.
No. 62 Sun opened singles action with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court 3 against Pursell. After dropping the opening game of the first set, Sun won 12 of the next 14 games to close out her match and earn her 13th consecutive singles victory, improving to 19-2 in dual-match singles play.
Freshman Malaika Rapolu followed with a decisive 6-1, 6-0 victory on court 6 over Tatum Burger. Rapolu won the opening three games of the first set. After Burger claimed the next game, Rapolu rattled off nine consecutive games to claim her 16th consecutive win and move to 25-2 overall in singles this season, including an 18-1 mark in dual-match action.
No. 76 Chavatipon sealed the overall dual-match victory with a 6-2, 6-0 win on court 4 against Verden-Anderson. Chavatipon gained a 4-0 cushion in the opening set, before Verden-Anderson trimmed the margin to 5-2. Chavatipon responded by winning seven-straight games to earn her 14th consecutive victory and move to 24-1 overall in singles this year, including a 21-1 mark in dual-match play.
The remaining singles matches featuring No. 37 Stearns (court 1), No. 35 senior Anna Turati (court 2) and No. 72 Collins (court 5) were stopped once Chavatipon clinched her win.
#2 Texas 4, Denver 0
Singles – Order of finish (3, 6, 4)
- #37 Peyton Stearns (UT) vs. #122 Anna Riedmiller (Den), 6-6 (3-2), unfinished
- #35 Anna Turati (UT) vs. Taylor Melville (Den), 7-5, 0-1, unfinished
- #62 Lulu Sun (UT) def. Britt Pursell (Den), 6-2, 6-1
- #76 Charlotte Chavatipon (UT) def. Camille Verden-Anderson (Den), 6-2, 6-0
- #72 Kylie Collins (UT) vs. Hada Chang (Den), 6-3, 2-2, unfinished
- Malaika Rapolu (UT) def. Tatum Burger (Den), 6-1, 6-0
Doubles – Order of finish (3, 1)
- #19 Kylie Collins/Lulu Sun (UT) def. Britt Pursell/Camille Verden-Anderson (Den), 6-2
- Fernanda Labraña/Anna Turati (UT) vs. Anna Riedmiller/Hada Chang (Den), 4-5, unfinished
- #47 Peyton Stearns/Charlotte Chavatipon (UT) def. Toni Nelson/Taylor Melville (Den), 6-1