No. 4 Women’s Tennis claims Big 12 Tournament title with 4-2 win over No. 2 Oklahoma

FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 4 University of Texas Women’s Tennis team (20-4) earned a 4-2 victory against No. 2 Oklahoma (27-2) in the Big 12 Championship final on Sunday afternoon at the Friedman Tennis Center. The Longhorns won the doubles point and collected straight-set singles wins from sophomores Peyton Stearns, Charlotte Chavatipon and Kylie Collins to record their 14th victory against a nationally-ranked opponent this spring.

Texas has now captured the Big 12 Tournament crown a total of 12 times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2021 and 2022), with the last three coming under current head coach Howard Joffe. The Longhorns have amassed a total of 21 conference tournament titles in school history, as UT previously claimed nine Southwest Conference tourney crowns (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996).

Texas will enter the upcoming NCAA Tournament playing its best tennis of the season. The Longhorns have won six straight and 13 of their last 14 matches dating back to a 4-3 victory at then-No. 6 California on Feb. 27. Eleven of those 13 victories have come against opponents who were nationally ranked, including seven top-25 foes.

In Sunday’s tournament final, UT grabbed an early 1-0 advantage by winning the doubles point in dramatic fashion. The Sooners’ duo of Anchisa Chanta and Dana Guzman recorded a 6-3 victory on court 3 against the freshman pair of Sabina Zeynalova and Vivian Ovrootsky. Chanta and Guzman jumped out to a 5-1 cushion before Zeynalova and Ovrootsky won back-to-back games to cut the deficit to 5-3. Chanta and Guzman closed out the match with a service break in the following game.

The No. 15-ranked pair of sophomore Peyton Stearns and freshman Allura Zamarripa answered with an impressive 6-3 win on court 1 over the No. 6-ranked duo of Ivana Corley and Carmen Corley. Leading 3-2, Stearns and Zamarripa held serve and then earned a service break to build a 5-2 cushion. After the Corley sisters responded with a service break to pull to within 5-3, Stearns and Zamarripa claimed another service break to finish the match and move to 9-2 in dual-match action this spring.

The No. 72-ranked tandem of sophomores Charlotte Chavatipon and Kylie Collins clinched the doubles point for the Longhorns with a 7-6 (7-5) win on court 2 against Layne Sleeth and Alexandra Pisareva. Chavatipon and Collins jumped out to a 4-2 advantage, but Sleeth and Pisareva won consecutive games to even the set at 4-4. The two teams traded the next four games to send the match into a tiebreaker.

Tied at 4-4 in the breaker, Sleeth and Pisareva held serve to take a 5-4 advantage. The Longhorns’ duo won the next two points on the strength of service winners from Chavatipon to grab a 6-5 lead, and Collins put away a backhand volley on the following point to close out the win. Chavatipon and Collins improved to 13-2 overall in doubles this season, including an 8-0 mark in dual-match play.

No. 2 Stearns gave the Longhorns a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout on court 1 against No. 10 Sleeth. Stearns was named Most Outstanding Performer at the Big 12 Championship, posting a perfect 3-0 record at No. 1 singles with a trio of dominant straight-set victories. She dropped just one game in four sets during the semifinals and finals against a pair of top-20 nationally-ranked opponents (6-0, 6-1 over No. 19 Lisa Marie Rioux of Oklahoma State and the 6-0, 6- 0 win today against No. 10 Sleeth). Stearns improved to 23-1 overall in singles this season, including a 20-1 mark in dual-match action.

Oklahoma trimmed the score to 2-1 when No. 69 Chanta claimed a 6-3, 6-1 victory on court 3 against No. 79 Zeynalova. The defeat marked the first singles loss by Zeynalova on the season, as she dropped to 17-1 in dual-match singles play this spring.

No. 118 Chavatipon increased UT’s lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 win on court 4 over Guzman. Chavatipon raced out to a 5-1 cushion in her opening set, before Guzman rallied to win three-straight games and trim the margin to 5-4. Chavatipon held serve in the following game to earn the 6-4 first-set win. Guzman won the opening game of the second set, but Chavatipon rolled to the finish line by winning six-straight games to move to 17-10 overall in singles this year, including a 10-3 mark in dual-match action on court 4.

Pisareva pulled the Sooners to within 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory on court 5 against Allura Zamarripa. Zamarripa rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the opening set to win back-to-back games and tie the set at 4-4. Pisareva won the next two games to close out the first set. Tied at 1-1 in the second, Pisareva won five of the next six games to finish the match.

No. 58 Collins clinched the overall dual-match win and conference tournament crown with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court 2 over No. 50 Carmen Corley. Collins jumped out to a 3-0 cushion in her opening set, before Corley won three-straight games to even the set. Later tied at 4-4, Collins held serve and then earned a service break to close out the first set. Tied at 2-2 in the second, Collins held serve, broke Corley, held serve again and then followed with another service break to finish out the match. Collins moved to 25-9 overall in singles this season, including a 13-6 mark in dual-match play.

The remaining singles match featuring Ovrootsky on court 6 was stopped once Collins clinched the dual-match win. Ovrootsky held at 6-2, 3-6, 2-1 lead in her match against Emma Staker when play was halted.

The NCAA Championship bracket will be unveiled during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday, May 2. The show will be streamed online at www.NCAA.com beginning at 5:30 pm Central.

# 4 Texas 4, # 2 Oklahoma 2

Doubles – Order of finish (3, 1, 2)

  1. # 15 Peyton Stearns/Allura Zamarripa (UT) def. # 6 Ivana Corley / Carmen Corley (OU), 6-3
  2. # 72 Charlotte Chavatipon/Kylie Collins (UT) def. Layne Sleeth / Alexandra Pisareva (OU), 7-6 (7-5)
  3. Anchisa Chanta / Dana Guzman (OU) def. Sabina Zeynalova/Vivian Ovrootsky (UT), 6-3

Singles – Order of finish (1, 3, 4, 5, 2)

  1. #2 Peyton Stearns (UT) def. # 10 Layne Sleeth (OU), 6-0, 6-0
  2. # 58 Kylie Collins (UT) def. # 50 Carmen Corley (OU), 6-4, 6-2
  3. # 69 Anchisa Chanta (OU) def. # 79 Sabina Zeynalova (UT), 6-3, 6-1
  4. # 118 Charlotte Chavatipon (UT) def. Dana Guzman (OU), 6-4, 6-1
  5. Alexandra Pisareva (OU) def. Allura Zamarripa (UT), 6-4, 6-2
  6. Vivian Ovrootsky (UT) vs. Emma Staker (OU), 6-2, 3-6, 2-1, unfinished

Leave a Comment