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 falls at Big 12 Championships

Posted April 29th, 2017

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Bad weather forced the action indoors Saturday as Texas Tech downed the Texas women’s tennis team 4-2 in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla.

The singles contests were played first, and the Red Raiders took four of the six matches to seal the win, so the doubles contests weren’t played.

Neda Koprcina and Petra Granic were the only winners on the Texas side.

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Sarah Dvorak defeated Daniella Roldan 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to clinch the match.

Texas head coach Howard Joffe said his team was disappointed with the loss at the Big 12 Championships, but he’s encouraged about their NCAA Championship prospects.

“I have the strong feeling we’re starting to play better,” Joffe said. “I feel a lot better about our prospects at the NCAA Championships than I did seven or eight days ago.”

The No. 7 Red Raiders were down 1-0 after UT’s Granic took a 6-2, 6-2 win over Alex Valenstein.

Texas even took a 2-0 lead as Koprcina topped Felicity Maltby 6-3, 6-3 at second singles.

Texas Tech, the tournament’s top seed, then reeled off four straight wins to take the match.

Gabriela Talaba, ranked No. 9, defeated No. 42 Bianca Turati 6-2, 6-2 to put Tech on the scoreboard.

Sabrina Federici tied the match with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Anna Turati.

Katelyn Jackson made it 3-2 when she bested Dani Wagland in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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