AUSTIN, Texas — Playing its second home dual match in as many days, the No. 3 University of Texas women’s tennis team (2-0) registered its second-straight sweep to open the 2021 season with a 7-0 victory against SMU (2-1) on Monday afternoon at the Texas Tennis Center. UT captured the doubles point and won all six singles matches in straight sets.
The Longhorns claimed a 1-0 advantage by quickly winning the doubles point. The No. 48-ranked duo of seniors Anna Turati and Fernanda Labraña earned an impressive 6-0 victory against the No. 52-ranked tandem of Jackie Nylander and Chandler Carter on court 2. The freshman duo of Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun rallied from a 3-1 deficit on court 1 to win five consecutive games and post a 6-3 victory against Winslow Huth and Claudia Bartolome to clinch the doubles point.
Collins opened singles action with a 6-0, 6-4 win on court 5 over Kiana Graham. After a dominant opening set, Collins rallied from down 4-2 to win the final four games of the second set. Freshman Malaika Rapolu claimed her first collegiate dual-match victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Huth on court 6. No. 5-ranked Turati then clinched the dual-match win for the Longhorns with a 6-1, 6-1 victory on court 2 against Bartolome.
No. 66-ranked freshman Peyton Stearns rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the opening set on court 1 against Nylander to win the next three games and take a 5-4 lead. After Nylander evened the set at 5-5, Stearns ran off eight consecutive games to close out her 7-5, 6-0 victory. No. 125-ranked freshman Charlotte Chavatipon added a 6-1, 7-5 win on court 4 against Nicole Petchey. Chavatipon trailed 4-2 in the second set before winning five of the next six games to finish her match. No. 94-ranked Sun concluded Monday’s action with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory against Hadley Doyle on court 3.
Texas is back in action when it hosts No. 23 Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the opening round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend. First serve is set for 10 a.m. Central at the Texas Tennis Center. Due to health and safety protocols, fans are not permitted to attend home matches at this time.
#3 Texas 7, SMU 0
Singles – Order of finish (5, 6, 2, 1, 4, 3)
- #66 Peyton Stearns (UT) def. Jackie Nylander (SMU), 7-5, 6-0
- #5 Anna Turati (UT) def. Claudia Bartolome (SMU), 6-1, 6-1
- #94 Lulu Sun (UT) def. Hadley Doyle (SMU), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
- #125 Charlotte Chavatipon (UT) def. Nicole Petchey (SMU), 6-1, 7-5
- Kylie Collins (UT) def. Kiana Graham (SMU), 6-0, 6-4
- Malaika Rapolu (UT) def. Winslow Huth (SMU), 6-3, 6-2
Doubles – Order of finish (2, 1)