OU Picks Up Second Road Win

Ann Marcelli
By Ann Marcelli
Student Assistant

NORFOLK, Va. – The No. 39 Oklahoma women's tennis team captured its second road win of the season as the Sooners defeated No. 50 VCU, 4-1, Wednesday. 

The Sooners (10-3) dropped the doubles point as the Rams (9-3) claimed wins on courts one and two. In singles, OU quickly got back into the match as No. 21 Lily Miyazaki defeated VCU's Jania Braun, 6-0, 6-4, from the No. 1 line to tie the contest at 1-1. 

In the No. 6 slot, freshman Ann Selim defeated Noumea Witmus, 7-5, 6-1. The freshman came out on top of a tight opening frame, then rolled in the second set to give Oklahoma a 2-1 lead.

Stripp captured court three, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. After dropping the first set to VCU's Magda Aubets, Stripp turned the tables and won the last two frames in dominating fashion. 

Byrne sealed the match for the Sooners with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, win over the Rams' Gabriela Araujo from the No. 5 line. The victory was the freshman’s fifth consecutive win and ninth overall this spring.

When play was halted, redshirt senior Mimi Fotopoulos led Anna Rasmussen 7-6 (3), 4-1, on court two. After splitting the first two sets, Nash was leading 4-1 on court four when the match was abandoned. 

“I'm proud of how well we competed, especially in the third sets,” said head coach Audra Cohen. “We were resilient under pressure and we fought off a strong VCU team. I'm proud of the amount of growth we showed this week.”

The Sooners return to Norman on Sunday to take on Texas in the Red River Rivalry. First serve is set for noon at the Headington Family Tennis Center. 

Weather permitting, the match will be played outdoors. Admission to the Headington Family Tennis Center is free.

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Singles results

1. Lily Miyazaki (OU) def. Janina Braun (VCUW) 6-0, 6-4
2. Mimi Fotopoulos (OU) vs. Anna Rasmussen (VCUW) vs. (OU) 7-6 (7-3), 4-1, unfinished
3. Malene Stripp (OU) def. Magda Aubets (VCUW) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1

4. Serena Nash (OU) vs. Darya Berezhnaya (VCUW) 6-2, 3-6, 4-2, unfinished

5. Julie Byrne (OU) def. Gabriela Araujo (VCUW) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Ann Selim (OU) def. Noumea Witmus (VCUW) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles results
1. Anna Rasmussen/Janina Braun (VCUW) def. Julie Byrne/Malene Stripp (OU) 6-4

2. Darya Berezhnaya/Noumea Witmus (VCUW) def. Simran Sethi/Lily Miyazaki (OU) 6-2

3. Magda Aubets/Gabriela Araujo (VCUW) vs. Serena Nash/Ann Selim (OU) 5-4, unfinished

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