Kylie Collins claims singles title at ITA Texas Regionals

Shezan Samanani, Sports Reporter

Kylie Collins claimed the singles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Texas Regionals on Monday. The sophomore took the victory over Baylor’s No. 9 Alicia Herrero Linana in two sets, 6-4, 6-4. 

Collins came in as the No. 5 seed and won six consecutive matches. Five of those matches were in straight sets and four of them were against seeded opponents.

The Texas women’s tennis team had seven athletes playing between the singles and doubles main draws. Four of the five Longhorns entered the singles main draw seeded, and two of the three doubles pairs entered the main draw seeded.

Sophomore Charlotte Chavatipon came in as the No. 3 seed, sophomore Malaika Rapolu at No. 14 and freshman Allura Zamarripa at No. 16. In the doubles draw, Allura Zamarripa and freshman Bella Zamarripa came in at No. 4 and Chavatipon and Collins at No. 5.

The tournament took place in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Christian University’s Friedman Tennis Center from October 15-18.

In the Round of 64, Collins won 6-4, 6-4 against Deniza Marcinkevica from Tarleton State. She also played in the Round of 32 on Friday and took the win over Baylor’s Ana Carmen Zamburek 6-3, 6-2.

Collins saw action in the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals on Saturday. She defeated Hadley Doyle from SMU 6-3, 6-2 in her first match and Texas Tech’s Margarita Skriabina 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(10-7) in her second match.

Sunday featured Collins’ semifinal match against Melany Krywoj from Baylor. This 6-2, 6-2 victory secured her spot in the championship game.

Rapolu made it all the way to the semifinals, but lost 6-3, 7-5 against Linana from Baylor. Chavatipon dropped her Round of 16 game 6-1, 7-5 against Texas A&M’s Mary Stoiana, who Rapolu went on to beat in the quarterfinals.

In the doubles draw, Collins and Chavatipon made it to the doubles semifinal, where they lost 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 against Tatiana Makarova and Jayci Goldsmith from Texas A&M. Sophomore Simran Kortikere and junior Gabby Cusano did not advance out of the Round of 32. Allura Zamarripa suffered an injury in her singles match, so she and Bella Zamarripa were unable to compete in doubles.