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No. 9 Texas Tech tops Longhorns women’s tennis team

Posted March 24th, 2017

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Texas Tech defeated Texas 4-2 Friday in a match that was moved indoors to the Weller Tennis Center because of rain. The Longhorns women’s tennis team took two singles victories in the loss.

The No. 9 Red Raiders took the doubles point and three singles matches to secure the victory.

“This was a match that, even though they’re a top-10 team, I feel got away from us,” UT coach Howard Joffe said. “The other way to look at it is that we’re playing dead even with a top-10 team and it doesn’t take much imagination for this match to go our way, even right until the very end over here. I was very proud of the ladies, and we obviously need to keep competing day to day.”

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The No. 22 Longhorns won one doubles match, but Texas Tech answered with two straight victories to take the point.

Neda Koprcina defeated Felicity Maltby 6-3, 7-5 to give Texas its first point and tie the match.

The Red Raiders responded with two singles victories to take a 3-1 lead before Anna Turati gave Texas its final point of the match. She defeated Sarah Dvorak 6-4, 6-4 before Tech closed out the match with a three-set win.

Texas next will face TCU at noon Sunday.

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