Women's Tennis tops Oklahoma State, 6-1
March 17, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - No. 39 Texas (6-7, 2-0 Big 12) won a hard-fought doubles point and claimed five of six matches on its way to a 6-1 victory over No. 28 Oklahoma State (7-3, 1-1 Big 12) Sunday afternoon at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
Texas opened the doubles session by claiming a tightly-contested doubles point. The Longhorns' 19th-ranked tandem of Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott held serve for a 4-3 lead against OSU's Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana at first doubles. The Texas tandem took the next four games en route to an 8-3 win at first doubles.
OSU responded with a win at third doubles, where the Cowgirls' Maria Alvarez and C.C. Sardinha posted an 8-4 victory over UT's Lana Groenvynck and Lina Padegimaite. The deciding match at second doubles featured a back-and-forth battle between UT's Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis and OSU's Meghan Blevins and Karyn Guttormsen.
UT trailed 5-3 before breaking and holding serve to even the match at five games all. UT broke OSU and held serve for a 7-5 lead, but OSU held serve and registered a service break to even the match. OSU held serve for an 8-7 lead, and UT followed suit to force the match into a tiebreaker. OSU saved one match point, trailing 5-6, but UT closed out the tiebreaker on Begley's serve. UT took the tiebreaker, 8-6 to win the doubles point.
Scott pushed the Texas lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over OSU's Sardinha at third singles. The match at first singles pitted UT's 42nd-ranked Ellis against OSU's 83rd-ranked Malika Rose, and the outcome proved to be one-sided in Texas' favor. The two-time All-American Ellis took the first set, 6-3 and overpowered Rose in the second set, 6-1 to extend the Texas lead to 3-0.
The match-clinching point came courtesy of UT's 52nd-ranked Addison, who delivered a 6-2, 6-3 win over OSU's Blevins at second singles. OSU got on the board at sixth singles, where Guttormsen posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over UT's Groenvynck.
UT's Padegimaite pushed the Texas lead to 5-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over OSU's Narattana at fifth singles. Begley closed out the 6-1 Texas win with her 6-3, 6-3 win over OSU's Alvarez at fourth singles.
Texas plays the third match of its nine-match home stand on Thursday (March 21) when it hosts Big 12 Conference foe Iowa State at 2 p.m. CT. The match will air live on Longhorn Network.
On the team coming back from last weekend's losses: It is all about managing your energy in between matches. When you are doing things right and taking care of the little things on the days off-for us it is all about the 'ice plunge'. They are actually gathering up to go into the training room right now to have a little group bonding. We just want to make the adjustments and bounce back physically and then mentally.
No. 39 Texas 6, No. 28 Oklahoma State 1