Texas women's tennis coach Howard Joffe has 200 wins as a college head coach. SHELBY TAUBER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas women’s tennis tops Kansas

Posted April 21st, 2017

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The No. 25 Texas women’s tennis team fell in doubles but picked up four singles wins to defeat Kansas 4-1 at the Whitaker Courts on Friday.

Dani Wagland sealed the match win with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Tatiana Nikolaeva at fifth singles.

“More than any one thing I think this is the time of the season when you want to get some momentum heading into the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament,” head coach Howard Joffe said. “There’s no question for this young team that the fight, the effort and the resilience are there.”

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Kansas won the doubles point despite only having enough players to compete at first and second doubles. Texas won at third doubles by default but still dropped the point.

One of the singles victories was a given as well since Kansas only had five players available. Daniella Roldan won that match by default to tie the contest at 1-1.

Petra Granic topped Janet Koch with a 6-1, 6-2 win to make it 2-1 in favor of Texas.

Neda Koprcina made it 3-1 with her 6-2, 6-3 win over Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum before Wagland closed out the match.

“Neda’s been the backbone of this program for the last four years,” said Joffe. “My hope is that we can build on it and have a national powerhouse team going forward.”

The Texas women’s tennis team next faces Kansas State on Sunday at Whitaker Courts at 11 a.m.

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