Longhorns improve to 3-0 in conference play behind two doubles wins and a sweep of singles play.
AUSTIN – No. 10 Texas (10-5, 3-0 Big 12) took two of three doubles matches and swept the singles session on its way to a 7-0 win over Kansas (9-8, 0-5 Big 12) Friday afternoon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
Texas opened the doubles session with a victory at second doubles. UT’s Krista Damico and Cierra Gaytan-Leach broke the serve of Kansas’ Paulina Los and Belen Luduena to take a 2-1 lead. Damico and Gaytan-Leach never looked back on their way to an 8-2 victory. Kansas responded with an 8-2 win at first doubles, leaving the deciding match at third doubles.
UT’s Elizabeth Begley and Juliana Gajic took a 7-2 lead over Kansas’ Claire Dreyer and Victoria Khanevskaya before the Jayhawks rallied and pulled within 7-6. But, Begley and Gajic broke KU’s serve in the ensuing game to claim the win, 8-6 and preserve the doubles point for the Longhorns.
Texas put the Jayhawks away without losing a set in the six singles matches. Begley staked Texas to a 2-0 lead at fifth singles, where she soundly defeated KU’s Dreyer, 6-0, 6-1. Noel Scott pushed the Longhorns’ lead to 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Kansas’ Los at second singles. UT’s Damico won her 12th consecutive match and clinched the victory for the Longhorns, as she defeated KU’s Monica Pezzotti at first singles, 6-1, 6-4 to give Texas a 4-0 lead.
Lina Padegimaite gave the Longhorns a 5-0 lead at fourth singles, where she posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Dylan Wyndom. Texas assumed a 6-0 lead at sixth singles, where Gajic registered a 6-4, 6-3 win over Khanevskaya. Gaytan-Leach sealed the victory for Texas at third singles where she held on for a 6-4, 7-5 win over KU’s Luduena.
Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain
It was great to get a shutout, our first of the season. The girls really stepped up and played well. They played much better than their last time out. It was good to see them perform that well. We just need to stay fresh and focused. It was nice to get that one under our belt. It lets us breathe a little easier and gives us confidence going into Sunday.
No. 10 Texas 7, Kansas 0
Doubles – Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1 Monica Pezzotti/Dylan Wyndom (KU) def. #34 Lina Padegimaite/Noel Scott (UT) – 8-2
2 Krista Damico/Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Paulina Los/Belen Luduena (KU) – 8-2
3 Elizabeth Begley/Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Claire Dreyer/Victoria Khanevskaya (KU) – 8-6
Singles – Order of Finish: 5, 2, 1, 4, 6, 3
1 #58 Krista Damico (UT) def. Monica Pezzotti (KU) – 6-1, 6-4
2 Noel Scott (UT) def. Paulina Los (KU) – 6-2, 6-0
3 Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Belen Luduena (KU) – 6-4, 7-5
4 Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Dylan Wyndom (KU) – 6-2, 6-3
5 Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Claire Dreyer (KU) – 6-0, 6-1
6 Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Victoria Khanevskaya (KU) – 6-4, 6-3