The No. 6 Texas women’s tennis team fell to No. 11 Texas Tech 4-1 in a surprising defeat in the third round of the NCAA Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Thursday.
The match was originally scheduled to be played at Wake Forest, but weather forced the relocation to the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on North Carolina’s campus.
Sarah Dvorak defeated Marta Perez-Mur in three sets to seal the victory. Dvorak opened with a 6-4 win before Perez-Mur made it a set apiece with a 6-3 victory in the second set. Dvorak finished off the match with a 6-3 triumph.
“Ultimately, we were outplayed today,” head UT coach Howard Joffe said. “I have to give Texas Tech a lot of credit. It is disappointing for our team but it will always be a dangerous match with so many experienced players on Texas Tech’s team.”
The Longhorns had beaten the Red Raiders twice this season, both in the midst of a 19-match winning streak. They topped Tech 4-2 on Apr. 8 before beating them for the Big 12 championship 4-1 on Apr. 29. Before Thursday, Texas last lost on Feb. 11 to Mississippi.
The Red Raiders swept the doubles point to start action. Felicity Maltby and Gabriela Talaba made quick work of Perez-Mur and Dani Wagland. The 6-1 victory preceeded a 6-3 win by Alex Valenstein and Katelyn Jackson over Bianca and Anna Turati.
Jackson kept Tech on a roll with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Wagland at sixth singles.
Petra Granic won her 18th straight singles match to make the score 2-1. She defeated Valenstein 6-1, 6-4 at third singles.
Gabriela Talaba put the Red Raiders on the brink of victory as she defeated top-ranked Bianca Turati 6-4, 6-2 at first singles.
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