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Texas wins 2021 NCAA DI women's tennis championship

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Texas wins the DI women's tennis national championship
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1:24 am, May 23, 2021

No. 2 Texas wins the 2021 DI women's tennis team championship

Texas Athletics Texas women's tennis

Lulu Sun delivered No. 2 Texas its third championship in program history, defeating Pepperdine's Taisiya Pachkaleva in the deciding match at No. 3 singles. Sun won her matchup 6-2, 7-6, 7-5. She had a chance to serve for the match up 5-3 after a service break in the eighth game before Pachkaleva broke back and tied the set at five games apiece. But Sun's serve put her back in front again and broke Pachkaleva's serve a second time to win it, clinching the match with a cross-court backhand winner that was returned into the net.

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Texas won the doubles point and No. 4 singles for an early 2-0 lead before Pepperdine pulled level with wins on courts two and five. The Longhorns and Waves split singles wins at No. 1 and No. 6 just as Pachkaleva forced a third set, setting the stage for a winner-take-all moment.

Here are the final scores (in order) of all singles matches:

No. 4 singles: Texas' Charlotte Chavatipon def. Pepperdine's Shiori Fukuda 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 singles: Pepperdine's Jessica Failla def. Texas' Anna Turati 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 singles: Pepperdine's Lisa Zaar def. Texas' Kylie Collins 6-3, 7-6
No. 1 singles: Texas' Peyton Stearns def. Pepperdine's Ashley Lahey  2-6, 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 singles: Pepperdine's Nikki Redelijk def. Texas' Malaika Rapolu 6-4, 7-5
No. 3 singles: Texas' Lulu Sun def. Pepperdine's Taisiya Pachkaleva 6-4, 6-7, 7-5

And this is how Texas won the doubles point:

  • No. 1 doubles: Texas' L. Sun/K. Collins 7, Pepperdine's A. Lahey/L. Zaar 6 (7-3 in tiebreak) 
  • No. 2 doubles: Pepperdine's S. Fukuda/T. Pachkaleva 6, Texas' A. Turati/F. Labrana 1
  • No. 3 doubles: Texas' C. Chavapiton/P. Stearns 7, Pepperdine's J. Failla/A. Iamachkine 6 (7-5 in tiebreak) 

Don't go anywhere, college tennis fans. We've still got another great week of championship play as the singles and doubles brackets begin Sunday, May 23 and Monday, May 24.

12:41 am, May 23, 2021

No. 2 Texas, No. 5 Pepperdine tied 3-3

Texas picked up its third point of the dual after Peyton Stearns won at No. 1 singles. She battled back from a 6-2 opening set loss to grab 12 of the 14 games to beat Ashley Lahey 2-6, 6-0, 6-2. Moments after that match wrapped, Pepperdine's Nikki Redelijk won 6-4, 7-5 on court six over Texas' Malaika Rapolu to draw the Waves level. 

The 2021 team championship comes down to a decisive third set on court four between Lulu Sun and Taisiya Pachkaleva,

Here are the results of all the finished singles matches (in order):

No. 4 singles: Texas' Charlotte Chavatipon def. Pepperdine's Shiori Fukuda 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 singles: Pepperdine's Jessica Failla def. Texas' Anna Turati 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 singles: Pepperdine's Lisa Zaar def. Texas' Kylie Collins 6-3, 7-6
No. 1 singles: Texas' Peyton Stearns def. Pepperdine's Ashley Lahey  2-6, 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 singles: Pepperdine's Nikki Redelijk def. Texas' Malaika Rapolu 6-4, 7-5

12:25 am, May 23, 2021

No. 2 Texas, No. 5 Pepperdine tied at 2

Pepperdine responded in a big way with back-to-back points after Texas went up 2-0 in this championship dual. Jessica Failla picked up a straight-set victory over Anna Turati at No. 2 singles, winning 6-2, 6-3. Then it was Lisa Zaar outlasting Kylie Collins in a second-set tiebreak to come away with a 6-3, 7-6 win at No. 5 singles. Watch the final point of the tiebreaker below:

Here are the results of all the finished singles matches (in order):

No. 4 singles: Texas' Charlotte Chavatipon def. Pepperdine's Shiori Fukuda 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 singles: Pepperdine's Jessica Failla def. Texas' Anna Turati 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 singles: Pepperdine's Lisa Zaar def. Texas' Kylie Collins 6-3, 7-6

Texas' first point came from doubles. Here's how all three of those matches went:

  • No. 1 doubles: Texas' L. Sun/K. Collins 7, Pepperdine's A. Lahey/L. Zaar 6 (7-3 in tiebreak) 
  • No. 2 doubles: Pepperdine's S. Fukuda/T. Pachkaleva 6, Texas' A. Turati/F. Labrana 1
  • No. 3 doubles: Texas' C. Chavapiton/P. Stearns 7, Pepperdine's J. Failla/A. Iamachkine 6 (7-5 in tiebreak) 
4:39 pm, May 22, 2021

2021 DI women's tennis title match set for tonight, 5:30 p.m. ET

Texas Athletics Texas women's tennis

No. 2 Texas and No. 5 Pepperdine meet on the hardcourt this evening at 5:30 p.m. ET to battle for the DI women's tennis championship. The event will take place at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, and can be watched live on The Tennis Channel.

After pulling off the upset against No. 1 North Carolina, Pepperdine will make history in its first-ever championship appearance against Texas.

Texas will look to capture its third national title and the first since 1995 after defeating NC State 6-0 in the semifinals.

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Here are the stats for Saturday's championship:

 

1:48 pm, May 22, 2021

2021 DI women's tennis championship singles and double brackets announced

2021 DI women's tennis championship singles bracket

The singles and doubles brackets for the 2021 DI women's tennis championship were revealed Saturday, May 22. The singles tournament field consists of 64 players, including No. 1 seed North Carolina senior Sara Daavettila.

Click or tap here to view the singles bracket.

The doubles tournament field includes 32 pairs with Kentucky's Akvilė Paražinskaitė/Fiona Arrese grabbing the top seed.

Click or tap here to view the doubles bracket.

Competition will begin on Sunday, May 23 following the conclusion of the men's and women's team championships. The singles tournament will run from May 23-28 and the doubles tournament will take place May 24-28 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.

12:30 am, May 22, 2021

DI women's tennis title match set

Texas women's tennis

What started out as a 64-team field at the 2021 DI women's tennis championship is down to the finals. Texas and Pepperdine will meet for the national championship at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 22. Watch it live on The Tennis Channel.

No. 2 Texas rolled No. 6 NC State 4-0 in the first match of the day. UT quickly secured the doubles point after Lulu Sun/Kylie Collins and Charlotte Chavatipon/Peyton Stearns each took care of business with a 6-4 set victory. Stearns picked up another point at No. 1 singles with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 win as did Chavatipon with a swift 6-3, 6-2 decision at the No. 4 spot. Malaika Rapolu sealed the victory at No. 6, winning her match 6-3, 6-1. The Longhorns will make their first national championship appearance since 2005 while attempting to capture the program's third championship.

No. 5 Pepperdine upset No. 1 North Carolina in the second semifinal pairing of the day. When North Carolina was up 3-2, it came down to two singles matches. Lisa Zarr of Pepperdine defeated Makenna Jones of North Carolina in two sets (6-4, 6-3) to tie the match at three. Taisiya Pachkaleva clinched Pepperdine's championship berth by winning her match against Cameron Morra of North Carolina (7-6, 6-3). After completing the upset over top seed North Carolina, Pepperdine will look to capture its first ever national championship.

Click or tap here to watch a brief recap of Pepperdine's historic win.

Here are the stats for Friday's semifinals:

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1:40 am, May 9, 2021

Scores and results from the Second Round

Carolina tennis

The DI women's tennis tournament continued with 16 second round matches on Saturday. Thirteen of the 16 seeded teams won, including No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Texas. But Duke defeated No. 8 Baylor, USC beat No. 11 Florida and Michigan upset No. 12 LSU.

Click or tap here to view the complete championship bracket.

Below is a full rundown of Saturday's results. 

  • No. 15 Ohio State 4, Vanderbilt 3
  • No. 10 Texas A&M 4 vs. Northwestern 2
  • No. 6 NC State 4, Iowa State 2 
  • Michigan 4, No. 12 LSU 3 
  • No. 13 Georgia Tech 4, North Florida 0
  • No. 4 UCLA 4, Texas Tech 0
  • No. 1 North Carolina 4, Old Dominion 0
  • No. 2 Texas 4, Arizona State 0
  • No. 3 Georgia 4, Wake Forest 1
  • No. 5 Pepperdine 4, vs. Stanford 2
  • No. 7 Florida State 4, Auburn 1
  • USC 4, No. 11 Florida 1
  • No. 14 Virginia 4, Tennessee 2
  • No. 16 Cal 4, Kentucky 2
  • No. 9 UCF 4, Miami (Florida) 1
  • Duke 4, No. 8 Baylor 3

The third round is scheduled for Sunday, May 16. Here's the schedule. All times ET:

10:00 pm, May 4, 2021

2021 DI women's tennis singles and doubles selections announced

NC State Athletics NC State's Alana Smith

The NCAA announced the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams selected for the 2021 DI women's tennis championship on Tuesday. Competition begins May 23 and concludes on May 28 with all matches played at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.

Scoring will be a best-of-three sets in both singles and doubles play. There will be no-ad scoring and a 7-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all for all matches. In doubles, a 10-point match tiebreaker will be played instead of a third set.

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10:00 pm, May 3, 2021

2021 DI women's tennis championship selections announced

North Carolina Athletics North Carolina women's tennis

The NCAA announced the 64 teams and 16 first- and second-round sites for the 2021 DI women's tennis championship on Monday. First- and second-round competition takes place May 7-8 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format.

The winner of each site advances to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 16-28. The event will be hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission.

Click or tap here to view the complete championship bracket.

Click or tap here to see the printable team bracket, which is also below:

The 2021 DI women's college tennis bracket
4:32 pm, April 22, 2021

Here is how to watch the 2021 DI women's tennis selections

When: The 2021 DI women's tennis championship selections will be announced at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, May 3.
Where: The selection show will stream live here on NCAA.com.
 

The 2021 DI women's tennis championships will be held May 16-28 at USTA National Campus (Collegiate Center) in Orlando, Fla. 

Below is the schedule for the team championship:

  • Sunday, May 16
  • Monday, May 17
  • Tuesday, May 18
  • Wednesday, May 19
  • Thursday, May 20
  • Friday, May 21
  • Saturday, May 22

Below is the schedule for the singles and doubles championships

  • Sunday, May 23
  • Monday, May 24
  • Tuesday, May 25
  • Wednesday, May 26
  • Thursday, May 27
  • Friday, May 28

Start times are TBD

5:08 pm, April 22, 2021

DI women's tennis championship history

Stanford has won the last two national championships in DI women's tennis, including three of the last four. Watch the Cardinal capture the 2019 title right here

Below is the complete championship history for DI women's tennis.

YEAR CHAMPION POINTS/SCORE RUNNER-UP HOST OR SITE ATTENDANCE
2020 N/A        
2019 Stanford 4-0 Georgia UCF NA
2018 Stanford 4-3 Vanderbilt Wake Forest NA
2017 Florida 4-1 Stanford Georgia NA
2016 Stanford 4-3 Oklahoma State Tulsa NA
2015 Vanderbilt 4-2 UCLA Baylor NA
2014 UCLA 4-3 North Carolina Georgia NA
2013 Stanford 4-3 Texas A&M Illinois NA
2012 Florida 4-0 UCLA Georgia NA
2011 Florida 4-3 Stanford Stanford NA
2010 Stanford 4-3 Florida Georgia NA
2009 Duke 4-0 California Texas A&M NA
2008 UCLA 4-0 California Tulsa NA
2007 Georgia Tech 4-2 UCLA Georgia NA
2006 Stanford 4-1 Miami Stanford NA
2005 Stanford 4-0 Texas Georgia NA
2004 Stanford 4-1 UCLA Georgia 3,634
2003 Florida 4-3 Stanford Florida 3,182
2002 Stanford 4-1 Florida Stanford 5,053
2001 Stanford 4-0 Vanderbilt Georgia St. N/A
2000 Georgia 5-4 Stanford Pepperdine 1,780
1999 Stanford 5-2 Florida Florida 4,912
1998 Florida 5-1 Duke Notre Dame 2,310
1997 Stanford 5-1 Florida Stanford 4,360
1996 Florida 5-2 Stanford Florida St. 3,749
1995 Texas 5-4 Florida Pepperdine 5,404
1994 Georgia 5-4 Stanford Georgia 5,613
1993 Texas 5-2 Stanford Florida 4,913
1992 Florida 5-3 Texas Stanford 7,036
1991 Stanford 5-1 UCLA Stanford 8,523
1990 Stanford 5-1 Florida Florida 3,144
1989 Stanford 5-0 UCLA Florida 2,050
1988 Stanford 5-2 Florida UCLA 6,328
1987 Stanford 5-1 Georgia UCLA 2,351
1986 Stanford 5-4 Southern California Texas 2,927
1985 Southern California 6-3 Miami (Fla) Oklahoma City 4,552
1984 Stanford 6-0 Southern California Los Angeles 3,405
1983 Southern California 8-1 Trinity (Tex) Albuquerque, NM 3,027
1982 Stanford 6-3 UCLA Salt Lake City 1,595