Texas tennis player Bianca Turati. (TEXAS ATHLETICS)

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Texas women’s tennis survives close call at NCAAs

Posted May 12th, 2017

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The Texas women’s tennis team had to rally to defeat Wake Forest 4-3 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Championship in Columbia, S.C. Friday.

The Longhorns lost the doubles point but picked up four singles wins to slip past the Demon Deacons.

Bianca Turati topped Kimmy Guerin at first singles to seal the victory. Turati won 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

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“For our ladies, the thing that stood out once again was our resilience and tenacity,” head coach Howard Joffe said. “Also, our freshmen who play in three of the top four spots showed maturity behind their collegiate years by accounting for three of the four wins that got us over the finish line.”

Dani Wagland gave Texas its first point with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Luisa Fernandez at sixth singles.

After Wake Forest regained the lead, Anna Turati won in straight sets to tie the match at 2-2.

The Demon Deacons once again went on top with a win by Emma Davis over Neda Koprcina. It was the final win for Wake Forest.

Petra Granic tied it one final time with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Anna Ulyashchenko to set up the clinching match.

The No. 22 Longhorns will meet either South Carolina or North Florida on Saturday.

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