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Moving On! Sun Devils Shutout Bulldogs in NCAA First Round

May 7, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas - SURVIVE AND ADVANCE! No. 31 Arizona State women's tennis used a full team-effort to win 4-0 over No. 38 Mississippi State in Austin, Texas, in the opening round of the NCAA Tennis Championships Friday afternoon. The Maroon and Gold now turn their eyes to the hosting Longhorns who topped Denver 4-0 Friday evening. ASU and Texas play Saturday at 3 p.m. CT (1 p.m. MST). 
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"I'm really happy for the team," head coach Sheila McInerney said. "It's never easy to win in your first round. We came out and secured the doubles point, which we struggled with a bit in the Pac-12s, and then went on to win six first-sets and close out pretty quickly thanks to Ilze, Sammi and Domenika. It was definitely a great day and I'm happy for them. Now we're looking at the winner of Texas and Denver and if it happens to be Texas then we'll have our hands full but that's fun and that's why you compete."
How it happened:
ASU quickly took control of the match early into doubles play  with Ilze Hattingh/Lauryn John-Baptiste going up 3-0 at No. 1 and Sammi Hampton/Marianna Argyrokastriti going up 2-1. Those leads quickly ballooned to 5-1 and 5-2, respectively, and the point went to ASU thanks to a win in the middle court and roaring come-from-behind 7-5 win at No. 3 from Giulia Morlet and Tereza Kolarova.


Singles was all ASU start to finish. The Maroon and Gold took each opening set, with Hampton going a perfect 6-0 over Magda Adaloglou at No. 2. Hampton kept the pressure on and was first off the courts, with No. 84 Hattingh following seconds later with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1. Domenika Turkovic closed out the day for the Sun Devils with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 6.
Scouting the Longhorns:
Texas has been absolutely dominant this season. The Longhorns hold a 26-1 record, the lone loss a 4-3 defeat by North Carolina on Feb.  7. In the 19 matches since then, Texas has surrendered a point in just five matches, and only given up more than one point once.
No. 35 Anna Turati, No. 37 Peyton Stearns, No. 62 Lulu Sun, No. 72 Kylie Collins, No. 76 Charlotte Chavatipon all feature in Texas' roster and combine for almost 100 victories this season alone. 

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May 07, 2021 at Austin, Texas
(Texas Tennis Center)
#31 Arizona State 4, #38 Mississippi State 0
Singles competition
1. #84 Hattingh,Ilze (ASU) def. #33 Emma Antonaki (MISSST) 6-3, 6-3
2. Hampton,Sammi (ASU) def. Magda Adaloglou (MISSST) 6-0, 7-5
3. John-Baptiste,Lauryn (ASU) vs. Alexandra Mikhailuk (MISSST) 6-4, 2-4, unfinished
4. Morlet,Giulia (ASU) vs. Lilian Poling (MISSST) 6-4, 4-4, unfinished
5. Argyrokastriti,M (ASU) vs. Chloe Cirotte (MISSST) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
6. Turkovic,Domenika (ASU) def. Marta Falceto (MISSST) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Hattingh,Ilze/John-Baptiste,Lauryn (ASU) vs. Magda Adaloglou/Chloe Cirotte (MISSST) 5-4, unfinished
2. Hampton,Sammi/Argyrokastriti,M (ASU) def. Emma Antonaki/Marta Falceto (MISSST) 6-2
3. Morlet,Giulia/Kolarova,Tereza (ASU) def. Alexandra Mikhailuk/Lilian Poling (MISSST) 7-5
Mississippi State 11-13; National ranking #38
Arizona State 15-8; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6)