Women’s Tennis No. 6 Preview: At No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 3 Oklahoma

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No. 6 TEXAS (13-3, 4-0 Big 12) at No. 11 Oklahoma State (11-2, 2-0 Big 12)

When: Friday, March 25 (5:00 p.m. CST)

Or: Greenwood Tennis Center (Stillwater, Okla.)

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No. 6 TEXAS (13-3, 4-0 Big 12) at No. 3 Oklahoma (17-1, 2-0 Big 12)

When: Sunday, March 27 (12 p.m. CT)

Or: Headington Family Tennis Center (Norman, Okla.)

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Rankings by team: Texas is No. 6 in the latest ITA Collegiate Division I national team rankings (March 23). UT held the No. 1 spot in the national rankings for five straight polls before rising to No. 3 on Feb. 16. UT took first place in last year’s final poll and was ranked No. 1 in each of the first four weekly polls. polls this season, starting January 5. Texas has finished each of the past four years in the Top 10 in the latest national polls (#6 in 2018, #9 in 2019, #4 in 2020, and #1 in 2021).

Individual rankings: Four UT players are included in the current ITA National Top 125 Singles Rankings (March 23): Peyton Stearn (#5), Kylie Collins (#50), Sabina Zeynalova (#75) and Malaika Rapolu (#99). Two pairs of Longhorns also feature in the current ITA National Top 80 Doubles ranking (March 23): Charlotte Chavatipon/Kylie Collins (#66) and Peyton Stearn/Allura Zamaripa (#77).

Calendar strength: Last Sunday’s 6-1 win at the time. 20 Iowa State scored the ninth time in their last 11 doubles games that the Longhorns have faced a nationally ranked opponent. UT started the streak with a 4-1 win over No. 10 USC, a 4-1 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma (now No. 3) and a 4-2 win over No. 4 Cal at the Nationals in the ITA room. The gauntlet continued with a 4-3 loss to No. 4 NC State (now No. 2) in Austin. The Longhorns then traveled to the Bay Area and suffered a 5-2 loss at Stanford (currently No. 19) before recording a 4-3 win at No. 6 Cal. UT recorded a 4-0 sweep at No. 32 UCF (March 6), a 4-1 victory at No. 34 Texas Tech (March 11) and a 6-1 win at No. 20 Iowa State (March 20). The Longhorns are 7-3 against ITA nationally ranked opponents this season.

Large series of 12: Texas boasts a 35-game Big 12 regular-season doubleheader winning streak. The Longhorns haven’t given up a conference regular-season game since a 4-2 loss at Baylor on April 12, 2017. .

ITA National Indoor Championships Review: Texas went 2-1 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 11-14 in Madison, Wis. The Longhorns earned a 4-1 win over No. 10 USC (February 11) in the Round of 16 before losing 4-1 to No. 8 Oklahoma (February 12) in the quarterfinals. In a consolation bracket, Texas bounced back to earn a 4-2 win over No. 4 California (February 13).

Stearns on ITA Indoor Nationals All-Tournament Team: Peyton Stearn was named to the All-Tournament Team of the ITA Indoor National Team Championships ranked first in singles. Stearns recorded a perfect 3-0 lead in singles at the event. She opened the game with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win over the nation’s top singles player, Erin Cayetano (USC) in the round of 16. Stearns then picked up a 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 15. Layne Sleeth of Oklahoma in the quarterfinals. In the consolation game against Cal, Stearns added a 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 win over Haley Giavara.

Stearns is sensational: Second year Peyton Stearn got off to a strong start to the 2022 season in doubles. She posted a 15-1 overall mark in singles this year, including a 12-1 record on Court 1 in doubles matches. Stearns is No. 5 in the latest ITA National Singles Rankings (March 23). She earned a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win on Court 1 over NC State’s No. 12 Jaeda Daniel (February 20). It was Stearns’ second win over Daniel this spring, as she also picked up a 6-4, 6-3 win at the Miami Spring Invite on Jan. 15. His only singles loss this season came in a 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 6-2 loss to Stanford’s 18th-placed Connie Ma (February 25). Stearns earned ITA All-America singles honors as a rookie in 2021, finishing the year with an 18-8 overall record in singles, including a 13-4 doubles mark in the first. place in singles. She was ranked No. 13 in the final ITA national singles rankings last season. Stearns was named the 2021 NCAA Women’s Tag Team Championship Most Outstanding Player and Big 12 Rookie of the Year.

Stearns wins the Big 12 Honor: Peyton Stearn was named Big 12 Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on March 22. She earned her second weekly conference honor of her career, as she had already done on February 2, 2021 in her first season. Stearns posted a combined 4-0 record in singles and doubles while leading the Longhorns to road victories in West Virginia (March 18) and No. 20 Iowa State (March 20) . In the 7-0 sweep at WVU, she partnered with Allura Zamaripa at No. 2 in doubles and picked up a 6-2 win over Momoko Nagato and Kendall Kovick. Stearns then rallied for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win on Court 1 in singles action against Kovick. In the 6-1 win at No. 20 Iowa State, she again teamed up with Allura Zamaripa at No. 2 in doubles and earned a 6-2 victory over the No. 55 duo of Sofia Cabezas and Miska Kadleckova. Stearns also added a 6-2, 6-4 win on Court 1 in singles action against No. 67 Thasaporn Naklo.

The case of Collins: Second year Kylie Collins posted a 20-7 overall record in singles this season, including an 8-4 record on Court 2 in doubles matches. Collins is No. 50 in the latest ITA national singles ranking (March 23). In the fall, she captured the ITA Texas Regional (October 15–18) singles title with three wins over ranked opponents during her run. As a 2021 rookie, Collins earned double ITA All-America honors with his partner Lulu Sun. The duo became the first pair of ITA All-Americans in doubles at UT since Cristina Moros and Sandy Sureephong in 1998. Collins and Sun advanced to the 2021 NCAA Doubles Championship Finals and were No. 5 in the standings final national double ITA. The duo finished the year at 26-5 overall (22-4 in doubles) and became the first UT duo to reach the NCAA Doubles final since Moros and Farley Taylor in 1996.

Charlotte’s Web: Second year Charlotte Chavatipon went 9-6 in doubles singles this spring, including a 6-1 record on Court 4. She earned the overall doubles match win over No. 4 Cal at the Indoor Nationals. ITA (February 13) with a 6-3, 7-5 win on Court 4 over Julia Rosenqvist. Chavatipon is 18-5 overall in doubles this season, including going 11-3 in doubles while playing with multiple partners. As a freshman last year, Chavatipon posted a 28-1 overall record in singles, including a 25-1 mark in doubles, and earned spots on the All-Around Team. NCAA championship tournaments in both No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles (with Stearns).

Mighty Malaika: Second year Malaika Rapolu went 13-6 overall in singles, including 6-2 in doubles this season. She picked up an impressive 7-5, 6-2 win on Court 6 over NC State’s Amelia Rajecki (February 20). Rapolu is No. 99 in the latest ITA national singles ranking (March 23). She picked up a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win over No. 5 Georgia Drummi of Duke at the Debbie Southern Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, SC (Sept. 17). As a 2021 rookie, Rapolu posted a 26-3 overall record in singles, including a 19-2 mark in doubles, and was named the Big 12 Individual Champion at No. 6 in singles with a mark. 6-0 on the field. 6 in the league.

Immediate impact of Sabina: Sabina Zeynalova enrolled in classes in Texas in January and quickly made an impact on the Longhorns. Zeynalova has a perfect 13-0 singles record in doubles matches, including a 6-0 record on Court 3 and a 6-0 record on Court 4. She is No. the ITA (March 23). Zeynalova picked up the win at home to No. 25 Baylor (February 2) with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 win on Court 4 over No. 77 Alicia Herrero LInana. In that victory, Zeynalova faced a 4-2 deficit in the second set, but responded by winning four straight matches to clinch the set. Trailing 1-0 in the third set, they played six straight matches to wrap up victory. Zeynalova also picked up the doubles win at No. 6 Cal (Feb. 27) with a 6-3, 6-3 win on Court 3 over Valentina Ivanov. She had impressive straight-set ranked wins over No. 114 Marie Mattel of UCF on March 6 (6-1, 6-3) and No. 70 Avelina Sayfetdinova of Texas Tech on March 11 (6- 0.6-0).

Rooting for Ovrootsky: Vivian Ovrootsky also enrolled in classes in Texas in January and made a significant contribution early in her college career. Ovrootsky is 7-4 in singles doubles play. She recorded an important 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win on Court 6 over Hannah Viller Moeller in UT’s 4-3 win at No. 6 Cal (February 27).

Big 12 pre-season favorites: Texas is chosen to win the Big 12 Conference title in a preseason vote by league coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Texas was selected as the Big 12 preseason favorite for the fourth straight year and fifth time in poll history. UT was the unanimous favorite among the other head coaches, receiving all nine first-place votes and 81 points in the polls for the upcoming 2022 season. Baylor placed second with 68 points and one first-place vote, while Oklahoma was ranked third with 66 points. Oklahoma State (60), Iowa State (48), Texas Tech (39), Kansas (35), TCU (29), Kansas State (24) and West Virginia (9) complete the poll in descending order.

Joffe in seventh grade: The head coach Howard Joffe is in his seventh season leading the UT program. The 2021 ITA Division I National Women’s Coach of the Year, Joffe was 128-35 (.785) in her seven years at Texas and a 259-96 (.730) record in 15 seasons. as a collegiate head coach. He has helped four Longhorns to a total of five ITA All-America singles honors (Breaunna Addison in 2016, Bianca Turati in 2018, Anna Tourati and Bianca Turati in 2020 and Peyton Stearn in 2021) and a duo wins ITA All-America doubles honors (Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun in 2021), while 12 of his UT players have recorded 15 All-Big 12 singles and 14 All-Big 12 double selections.

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