Women's Tennis Falls Short Versus No. 7 Texas, 4-0

by Logan Hasselbach

ORLANDO - The UCF women’s tennis team fell 4-0 to No. 7 Texas on Sunday at USTA National Campus. 

The Black and Gold fought hard during doubles play, but the Longhorns won the point with match wins at courts one and two to clinch the early lead. Prior to the point being clinched, the duo of Olivia Lincer and Donatelle Guanieri picked up their first win 6-4 on court three as a tandem. 

Shifting to singles play, the Longhorns took an early point at court six, 6-1, 6-0, extending their lead to 2-0. 

The match was clinched nearly simultaneously, with Texas taking the matches on courts three, 6-4, 6-2, and five, 6-1, 7-6(2), to secure the sweep.

Three courts went unfinished when the match was clinched, including battles against ranked opponents. Lincer went head-to-head with No. 21 Malaika Rapolu and appeared to be moments away from forcing a third set, 6-3, 5-5. Noel Saidenova also took on a ranked opponent in the form of No. 39 Tanya Sasnouskaya, going unfinished down 6-3, 5-2. 

Jantje Tilbueger won the first set of her match against Texas’ Taisiya Pachkaleva at court four, going unfinished tied at one set apiece, 6-3, 2-6.


The Knights hit the road once more, traveling to Cincinnati Friday at 1 p.m., followed by a trip to Morgantown, W.V. Sunday to take on West Virginia at 11 a.m.

No. 7 Texas 4, UCF 0


Malaika Rapolu & Tanya Sasnouskaya (Texas) def. Noel Saidenova & Annique Kattenberg (UCF) - 6-3

Charlotte Chavatipon & Vivian Ovrootsky (Texas) def. Jantje Tilbuerger & Sophia Biolay (UCF) - 6-4  

Olivia Lincer & Donatelle Guanieri (UCF) def. Shachf Lieberman & Taisiya Pachkaleva (Texas) - 6-4


#21 Malaika Rapolu (Texas) vs. Olivia Lincer (UCF) - 6-3, 5-5, unf

#39 Tanya Sasnouskaya (Texas) vs. Noel Saidenova (UCF) - 6-3, 5-2, unf

Charlotte Chavatipon (Texas) def. #106 Sophia Biolay (UCF) - 6-4, 6-2

Taisiya Pachkaleva (Texas) vs. Jantje Tilbuerger (UCF) - 3-6, 6-2 unf

Vivian Ovrootsky (Texas) def. Anique Kattenberg (UCF) - 6-1. 7-6

Shachf Lieberman (Texas) def. Donatelle Guanieri (UCF) - 6-1, 6-0

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (6,5,3)