NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 6 University of Texas women’s tennis team (14-4, 5-1 Big 12) dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 3 Oklahoma (19-1, 3-0 Big 12) Sunday afternoon at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The doubles match, which featured the only two unbeaten teams remaining in the league, lasted four hours and ended in a third-set tiebreaker on court 6 in singles play.
The Longhorns had their winning streak in regular season Big 12 Conference doubles playoffs that ended at 36. The streak dated back to a 4-2 loss at Baylor on April 12, 2017.
Texas took an early 1-0 lead as they won the doubles point in spectacular fashion. OU duo Anchisa Chanta and Dana Guzman earned a 6-3 win on Court 3 over the freshman tandem of Sabina Zeynalova and Bella Zamaripa.
The No. 77 ranked sophomore pair Peyton Stearn and Allura Zamaripa responded with a 7-5 win on Court 1 over the fourth-seeded duo of Carmen Corley and Ivana Corley. The Corley sisters took a 5-4 lead after a break of serve but Stearns and Zamarripa responded with a break of their own, then held serve and broke again to close out the win and make it 7-0 in doubles . spring.
The No. 66-ranked sophomore duo Kylie Collins and Charlotte Chavatipon clinched the doubles point with a 7-6 (9-7) win on Court 2 over the No. 50-ranked pair of Layne Sleeth and Alexandra Pisareva. Sleeth and Pisareva jumped on a 3-0 cushion, before Collins and Chavatipon won four straight games to take a 4-3 advantage. The two pairs traded the next five games to force a tiebreaker. Sleeth and Pisareva took a 4-2 lead in the breaker, but Collins and Chavatipon responded by winning three straight points to take a 5-4 lead. Tied 7-7, Collins and Chavatipon picked up back-to-back points to claim the 9-7 victory in the breaker and improve to 8-2 in doubles on aggregate this season, including a 3-0 mark in doubles play.
The Sooners tied the game at 1-1 when Chanta secured a 6-2, 6-3 victory on Court 4 against Chavatipon. No. 75 Zeynalova responded with a 6-4, 6-2 win on Court 3 over No. 56 Ivana Corley. Tied 3-3 in her opening set, Zeynalova won back-to-back matches to build a 5-3 lead. Corley held serve to shoot within 5-4, and Zeynalova held her serve to complete the 6-4 first set win. Zeynalova took a 4-0 lead in the second set and crossed the finish line to improve to 14-0 in the doubles singles match this spring.
No. 5 Stearns followed with a 6-4, 6-3 win on Court 1 over No. 19 Sleeth to give the Longhorns a 3-1 advantage. Tied at 2-2 in the first set, Stearns broke Sleeth and held serve to build a 4-2 lead. Both players remained on serve for the rest of the set, and Stearns closed out the 6-4 first set victory. Tied at 1-1 in the second set, Stearns broke Sleeth and held serve for a 3-1 cushion. After Sleeth held to shoot within 3-2, Stearns held and broke Sleeth again for a 5-2 advantage. Sleeth beat Stearns in the next match, but Stearns responded with another break of serve to close out the victory and move to 17-1 on aggregate in singles, including a 14-1 mark in doubles.
The Sooners tied the doubles match at 3-3 with straight-set wins on Courts 5 and 2. Pisareva took a 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 victory on Court 5 against the rookie. Vivian Ovrootskyand No. 43 Carmen Corley added a 7-5, 7-5 win on Court 2 over No. 50 Collins.
With the double match tied at 3-3, Emma Stacker secured a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory on court 6 against Allura Zamaripa. Tied at 5-5 in the first set, Staker held serve and followed with a break from Zamarripa to close out the 7-5 first set victory. Tied at 4-4 in the second set, Zamarripa broke Staker and then held his own serve to claim a 6-4 victory.
Trailing 3-1 in the deciding third set, Zamarripa rallied to hold serve, breaking Staker in the next game and then holding serve on a deuce to take a 4-3 lead. Both players held serve over the next three games to give Zamarripa a 6-5 advantage. Staker trailed 0-40 but managed to win four straight points on his serve to force a tiebreaker. Trailing 4-3 in the breaker, Zamarripa won back-to-back points to take a 5-4 lead, but Stacker claimed the next three points to close the game.
The Longhorns have a break from their schedule and return to the courts when they host No. 25 Kansas on Friday, April 8. The first serve is set for 3 p.m. at the center of the Texas Tennis Center, and the match will be nationally televised by Longhorn Network. .
#3 Oklahoma 4, #6 Texas 3
Doubles – Order of arrival (3, 1, 2)
- #77 Peyton Stearn/Allura Zamaripa (UT) def. #4 Carmen Corley/Ivana Corley (OU), 7-5
- #66 Kylie Collins/Charlotte Chavatipon (UT) def. #50 Layne Sleeth/Alexandra Pisareva (OU), 7-6 (9-7)
- Anchisa Chanta/Dana Guzman (OU) def. Sabina Zeynalova/Bella Zamaripa (TU), 6-3
Singles – Order of finish (4, 3, 1, 5, 2, 6)
- #5 Peyton Stearn (UT) def. #19 Layne Sleeth (OU), 6-4, 6-3
- #43 Carmen Corley (OU) def. #50 Kylie Collins (TU), 7-5, 7-5
- #75 Sabina Zeynalova (UT) def. #56 Ivana Corley (OU), 6-4, 6-2
- Anchisa Chanta (OU) beats. Charlotte Chavatipon (TU), 6-2, 6-3
- Alexandra Pisareva (OU) defeated. Vivian Ovrootsky (TU), 7-6 (10-8), 6-4
- Emma Stacker (OU) def. Allura Zamaripa (TU), 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)