Hattingh Rallies to Push #24 ASU Past Oklahoma
TEMPE - The Sun Devils (4-1) extended their perfect home-court record to 3-0 Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 victory over visiting Oklahoma (3-2) thanks to a huge three-set effort from No. 32 Ilze Hattingh at first singles. Hattingh's win was the deciding match and sets the Sun Devils up for a perfect weekend.
"Ilze's been in that situation a number of times and has won some and lost some, so that's really good for her and I'm really happy for her," head coach Sheila McInerney said. "She worked really hard and deserved it."
Hattingh = clutch ???????? pic.twitter.com/lHiJ5lFKqI
— Arizona State Women's Tennis (@sundevilwtennis) February 7, 2021
ASU started the day by clinching the doubles point thanks to a 6-2 victory from Tereza Kolarova/Giulia Morlet at No. 2 and a riveting 6-4 battle at No. 3 from Sammi Hampton/Marianna Argyrokastriti. The Sooners clawed their way back in singles wins on courts three, four and six, but ASU came through and secured its third-consecutive victory.
"It's always nice to win a tough one like that," McInerney added. "To win a three-setter in the deciding match was great. I think Oklahaoma competed great and I'm now I'm happy to give the team a bit of a break because we have a tough match tomorrow against Kansas State."
Sun Devils take third straight win at home!?? pic.twitter.com/i0Po2zaE6n
— Arizona State Women's Tennis (@sundevilwtennis) February 6, 2021
How it happened
The day started with a 6-2 victory from No. 2 Kolarova/Morlet. Hattingh and Lauryn John-Baptiste fell to the undefeated Corely sisters 2-6 on court one, leaving the opening point up to the senior/freshman pair at No 3 . The back-and-forth match went to the wire, but ASU pulled it off to go up 1-0.
Hampton's match at No. 2 concluded first after her opponent was forced to retire due to injury, but Argyrokastriti was the first to finish a full match after she claimed a pair of 6-3 set victories at No. 5, giving ASU a 3-1advantage. After Oklahoma's three-court push tied the match at 3-3, all eyes gathered on HAttingh and Carmen Corley to see which team would come out victorious. Hattingh won the opening set, dropped the second, but asserted her dominance to sweep the third and give ASU the win.
The Sun Devils face Kansas State at 11 a.m. MST tomorrow for their final match of the weekend.
1. #32 Ilze Hattingh (ASU) def. Carmen Corley (OU) 7-6, 4-6, 6-0
2. #115 Sammi Hampton (ASU) vs. Martina Capurro (OU), 1-2, ret.
3. Ivana Corley (OU) def. :Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Dana Guzman (OU) def. Giulia Morlet (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Marianna Argyrokastriti (ASU) def. Marcelina Podlinska (OU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Kianah Motosono (OU) def. Tereza Kolarova (ASU) 6-4, 7-5
1. Carmen Corley/Ivana Corley (OU) def. #50 Ilze Hattingh/Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) 6-2
2. Tereza Kolarova/Giulia Morlet (ASU) def. Dana Guzman/Martina Capurro (OU) 6-2
3.Sammi Hampton/Marianna Argyrokastriti (ASU) def. Kianah Motosono/Marcelina Podlinska (OU) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,3,5,6,4,1)