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No. 11 UT women’s tennis team rallies for victory at No. 23 Northwestern

Posted February 4th, 2018

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Freshmen Fernanda Labraña and Bojana Markovic, sophomore Bianca Turati and junior Katie Poluta won their singles matches to lift the 11th-ranked Texas women’s tennis team to a 4-2 victory Sunday over 23rd-ranked Northwestern at Evanston, Ill.

The Longhorns (5-1) dropped the doubles point but powered through the singles to secure the win over the Wildcats (3-2).

After winning two of the three doubles matches, Northwestern got a three-set win from Alex Chatt to go up 2-0. Labraña cut the deficit in half with her 7-5, 6-2 win over Inci Ogut. Turati swept Lee Or 6-3, 6-3 to even the match and remain unbeaten over the past three months.

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Poluta gave the Longhorns the lead for good, beating Julie Byrne 6-2, 7-6 (5), and Markovic clinched it by topping Maddie Lipp 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

“Today was a vicious match,” coach Howard Joffe said. “More than anything, the ladies’ victory says a lot about the character and fabric of such a young group.

“Bianca Turati continues to make things look easy. Katie Poluta got her opportunity and was awesome. Fernanda Labraña ran away with her match, and Bojana Markovic showed a measure of control of her emotions to close out the match against a senior with a slew of experience. This was a valuable experience and win for us.”

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