The 24th-ranked Texas women’s tennis team won four straight singles matches to erase a 2-0 deficit and upset ninth-ranked Duke 4-2 in the second round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Durham, N.C.
“The heroes today were Lana Groenvynck, Dani Wagland and Katie Poluta, who got us to three points. Then Neda (Koprcina) showed why she is the toughest competitor I have seen with a late surge in the second set to push us over the finish line,” Texas coach Howard Joffe said.
Down 2-0 after losing the doubles point and dropping a singles match, UT cut the lead to one with Wagland’s upset victory over 55th-ranked Kaitlyn McCarthy 6-3, 6-2. Freshman Poluta evened the score with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Ellyse Hamlin.
Groenvynck edged Christina Makarova in a first-set tiebreaker 7-6 (2) and then blanked her 6-0 in the second set to put Texas ahead.
Koprcina won the first set against Samantha Harris 7-5 but then fell behind in the second set after a couple of service breaks by Harris. Koprcina rallied to force a tiebreaker and won it 7-6 (0) to clinch the match for the Longhorns.
Texas will play either Pepperdine or USC in the third round on Thursday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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