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Ritchie Goes 2-0 Saturday to Advance to Finals
September 25, 2010

Sept. 25, 2010

NORMAN, Okla. - OU women's tennis freshman Whitney Ritchie won two singles matches Saturday at the Sooner Fall Invitational to advance to Sunday's singles B championship.

Ritchie was the only Sooner to win both singles matches on day two of OU's first fall tournament and won both matches in three sets.  Ritchie defeated Raphael Zotter of Wichita State in the quarterfinals, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, and OSU's Sarah Meghoufel in the semifinals with the same score, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

"Overall I thought there were some very up and down performances today," OU head coach David Mullins said. "Maria (Kalashnikova) played some very good tennis and was a little unfortunate to not get a win."

Kalashnikova lost both of her matches today in the tiebreaker set after rallying to win the second set in each match.  The senior fell to OSU's C.C. Sardinha in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, and OSU's Kanyaput Narattanna in the consolation bracket, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Peta Maree Lancaster won her first match against UALR's Viktoriya Pluyta after losing the first set, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, but then lost to Christiana Raymond of DePaul, 6-0, 6-3.

"Everyone is being exposed to a little higher level of competition than they are used to," Mullins said. "But I believe that is exactly what we need right now."

Brittany Parks was defeated in the singles D quarterfinals by TU's Bonny Davidson, 6-1, 6-1, but came back in the consolation bracket to beat Carolina Barboza of North Texas, 6-1, 6-1.

The Sooner Fall Invitational will conclude Sunday at 9 a.m., with the final rounds of both singles and doubles.

Saturday's Results
Singles A
Emily Carbone (ARK) def. Tara Eckel (OU), 6-4, 6-2
Kelsey Garland (TTU) def. Tara Eckel (OU), 7-5, 6-2
Sasha Belova (OSU) def. Mia Lancaster (OU), 6-0, 6-1

Singles B
Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Raphael Zotter (WSU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Sarah Meghoufel (OSU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
C.C. Sardinha (OSU) def. Maria Kalashnikova (OU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Kanyapat Narattanna (OSU) def. Maria Kalashnikova (OU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

Singles C
Peta Maree Lancaster (OU) def. Viktoriya Pluyta (UALR), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Christiana Raymond (DEP) def. Peta Maree Lancaster (OU), 6-0, 6-3

Singles D
Bonny Davidson (TU) def. Brittany Parks (OU), 6-1, 6-1
Brittany Parks (OU) def. Carolina Barboza (UNT), 6-1, 6-1

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