Women’s tennis No. 3 sweeps Ball State in NCAA first round
AUSTIN, TX – The No. 3 University of Texas women’s tennis team (21-4) won a 4-0 sweep over Ball State (19-5) in an NCAA first round game Friday after- noon at the Texas Tennis Center. With the win, the Longhorns advance to host the No. 18 Michigan in the NCAA Second Round at 3:00 p.m. Central on Saturday, May 7.
Texas improved to 6-0 in NCAA first-round games under head coach Howard Joffe. Michigan (20-5) earned its berth in the NCAA second round with a 4-0 win over No. 37 Oregon (15-9) on Friday.
UT quickly took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. The No. 67 ranked sophomore duo Charlotte Chavatipon and Kylie Collins claimed a 6-0 shutout on Court 2 against Masha Polishchuk and Emma Peeler. Chavatipon and Collins improved to 14-2 on aggregate in doubles this year, including a perfect 9-0 mark in doubles.
The No. 11 ranked sophomore pair Peyton Stearn and freshman Allura Zamaripa picked up the doubles point with a 6-4 win on Court 1 over Amy Kaplan and Hannah Davies. Kaplan and Davies jumped on a 3-1 cushion before Stearns and Zamarripa won back-to-back games to tie the game at 3-3. After the two tandems split the next two games, Stearns and Zamarrripa held serve to take a 5-4 lead and then beat Kaplan and Davies to close out the 6-4 victory. Stearns and Zamarripa went 10-2 in doubles this spring.
The Longhorns added three dominating straight-set singles wins to close out the sweep. Chavatipon cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win on Court 4 over Davies to give Texas a 2-0 advantage. Chavatipon won the first eight games of his match and took the win to move to 18-10 on aggregate in singles this season, including an 11-3 mark in doubles match on Court 4.
Allura Zamaripa followed by a 6-1, 6-0 win on Court 5 against Livia Lukacs. Zamarripa raced to a 4-0 cushion in the first set. After Lukacs won the next game nearly 4-1, Zamarripa played eight straight games to close out their win and move to 8-2 in the doubles singles match this spring.
Freshman #93 Sabina Zeynalova picked up the overall doubles match win with a 6-1, 6-1 win on Court 3 over Kaplan. Zeynalova won the first five games of her match and took a 6-1 victory in the first set. After Kaplan won the opener of the second set, Zeynalova won six straight matches to complete the win and move to 18-1 in the doubles singles match this season.
The three remaining singles matches with No. 2 Stearns (court 1), No. 49 Collins (court 2) and freshman Vivian Ovrootsky (ground 6) were stopped once Zeynalova took the doubles win. All three Texas players won their opening sets and held a decisive lead in the second set when play was halted.
Admission to tomorrow’s Texas-Michigan game as well as Texas Men’s game against LSU (Noon CT) in the NCAA Second Round is free to the general public.
#3 Texas 4, ball state 0
Doubles – Order of arrival (2, 1)
- #11 Peyton Stearn/Allura Zamaripa (UT) def. Hannah Davies/Amy Kaplan (BS), 6-4
- #67 Charlotte Chavatipon/Kylie Collins (UT) def. Emma Peeler/Masha Polishchuk (BS), 6-0
- Sabina Zeynalova/Vivian Ovrootsky (UT) vs. Jessica Braun/Livia Lukacs (BS), 3-4, unfinished
Singles – Order of finish (4, 5, 3)
- #2 Peyton Stearn (UT) v Masha Polishchuk (BS), 6-1, 5-3, unfinished
- #49 Kylie Collins (UT) vs. Jessica Braun (BS), 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
- #93 Sabina Zeynalova (UT) def. Amy Kaplan (BS), 6-1, 6-1
- Charlotte Chavatipon (UT) def. Hannah Davies (BS), 6-0, 6-1
- Allura Zamaripa (UT) def. Livia Lukacs (BS), 6-1, 6-0
- Vivian Ovrootsky (UT) v Elena Malykh (BS), 6-1, 4-1, unfinished