April 27, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The seventh-seeded Oklahoma women's tennis team fell from competition at the 2012 Big 12 Championships after No. 12 Baylor, the second seed, defeated the Sooners, 4-1, on Friday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
Despite dropping the match, Oklahoma (11-13, 6-6 Big 12) earned two ranked wins against the Bears Friday afternoon as Whitney Ritchie earned her second-straight win over a ranked opponent.
"We knew we had to win the doubles point to give ourselves a chance to win," head coach Dave Mullins said. "They switched their lineup today at two and three and did a better job and deserved to win. Going into singles, we needed a chance to win at No. 4, 5 and 6. Those top three Baylor girls are seniors and have probably only lost three matches between them. To win at one, have match-point at two and have it at two-all in the third set at three just shows phenomenal effort by those three girls."
The Sooners jumped out in doubles after winning at the No. 1 spot, but dropped back-to-back contests at the No. 2 and 3 spots to give Baylor the 1-0 advantage.
OU's Marie-Pier Huet and Ritchie, ranked No. 35, were the first to conclude action at the No. 1 spot against Baylor's No. 13 ranked Ema Burgic and Nina Secerbegovic. The OU duo rose to the challenge and took down the nation's 13th-ranked tandem from Baylor, 8-5.
Baylor struck back and evened the doubles score after OU's Mia Lancaster and Abbi Melrose dropped an 8-5 contest to the Bears' Megan Horter and Diana Nakic at the No. 2 spot.
The doubles point came down to outcome of the No. 3 spot where the Sooners' Nicole Long and Whitney Wofford fell to the Bears' Nicole Kosakowski and Sona Novakova, 8-5.
In singles, the Bears closed the door on the Sooners by taking three of the first four singles matches.
BU's Sanford defeated OU's Long, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 4 spot to give Baylor the 2-0 lead. Horter stretched Baylor's lead, 3-0, after she defeated OU's Wofford at the No. 6 spot.
Oklahoma's standout, Ritchie, gave OU its only point of the match after she battled back to overtake Baylor's 15th-ranked Nakic at the No. 1 position. The OU sophomore dropped the first set, 6-0, but rallied to take the second set, 7-5. In the final set, Ritchie held a 5-2 lead before Nakic took a lengthy timeout. Once play resumed Ritchie disposed of the nationally-ranked Bear, 6-2.
"Whitney Ritchie at No. 1 just got her first ranked win last week and got another one today," Mullins said. "She has gotten better all year long and just keeps getting better. It's fun to see and fun to watch. She has set herself up to have an amazing junior and senior year."
Despite the win at No. 1, Baylor clinched the match at the No. 4 spot where BU's Burgic defeated Melrose, 7-6(4), 6-2.
The Sooners await their destiny as the NCAA selection show is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1 at 4 p.m.
No. 2 Baylor 4, No. 7 Oklahoma 1
1. Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. #15 Diana Nakic (BU), 0-6, 7-5, 6-2
2. #22 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) vs. Marie-Pier Huet (OU), DNF
3. #48 Sona Novakova (BU) vs. Mia Lancaster (OU), DNF
4. . Ema Burqic (BU) def. Abbi Melrose (OU), 7-6(4), 6-2
5. Jordaan Sanford (BU) def. Nicole Long (OU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Megan Horter (BU) def. Whitney Wofford (OU), 7-6 (3), 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 6, 1, 4
1. #35 Marie-Pier Huet/Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. #13 Ema Burqic/Nina Secerbegovic (BU), 8-5
2. Megan Horter/Diana Nakic (BU) def. Mia Lancaster/Abbi Melrose (OU), 8-5
3. Nicole Kosakowski/Sona Novakova (BU) def. Nicole Long/Whitney Wofford (OU), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3