March 3, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team defeated Oklahoma State Saturday, 5-2, at the Headington Family Tennis Center to open Big 12 play.
“Obviously, I’m very happy to get the victory today,” OU head coach David Mullins said. “We knew going into the match it was going to be another close one.”
Oklahoma (6-6, 1-0 Big 12) won the doubles point to take the early 1-0 lead over the Cowgirls. The Sooners are 6-0 after winning the doubles point this season.
“Maybe the doubles point decided it,” Mullins said. “I thought they had the edge in doubles but we did some things better today and got off to a great start and it just continued in singles.”
OSU won the first doubles match at the No. 2 spot after Meghan Blevins and Mary Jermiah defeated
Nicole Long and Whitney Wofford, 8-3, but the Sooners rallied to take the doubles point, winning both at both the No. 1 and No. 3 spots.
“I felt good at a number of spots, but Mia really stepped up today,” Mullins said. “I thought that’d be a much closer match today. Also Nicole at six, I thought that would have been closer in our favor today. I guess it balanced out and we got a victory.”
Mia Lancaster and Abbi Melrose beat Isabella Miro and C.C. Sardinha at the No. 3 spot, 8-6, while Marie-Pier Huet and Whitney Ritchie, ranked 34th nationally in doubles, defeated Kanyapat Narattana and Malika Rose at the No. 1 position, 8-5.
Mia Lancaster boosted OU’s lead to 2-0 after winning the first singles match at the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 6-2.
The Cowgirls responded with a win at the No. 4 spot. OSU’s Narattana defeated Melrose, 6-2, 6-3, to cut the Sooners’ lead to 2-1.
Wofford took the next singles match at the No. 5 spot after beating Jeremiah of OSU, 6-3, 6-2.
Huet secured the win for the Sooners with a 6-3, 6-4 win over OSU’s Rose at the No. 2 spot to give OU its fourth dual point.
With the match already decided OSU’s Miro defeated Long at the No. 6 spot, 6-3, 6-2, but OU’s Ritchie rallied to win at the No. 1 spot making the final score, 5-2.
“Whitney Ritchie did a great job there again, just finding ways to win,” Mullins said. “She has done that a lot this semester.”
Ritchie lost the first set to OSU’s Sardinha, 2-6, but took the second, 7-5, to force the super tiebreaker. Ritchie won the tiebreaker 1-0 (1), to give OU its fifth dual point.
The Sooners continue Big 12 play next weekend with matches against Kansas on Friday, March 9 at 3 p.m., and Kansas State on Sunday, March 11 at noon.
Oklahoma 5, Oklahoma State 2
1. No. 34 Huet/Ritchie (OU) def. Narattana/Rose (OSU), 8-5
2. Blevins/Jeremiah (OSU) def. Long/Wofford (OU), 8-3
3. M. Lancaster/Melrose (OU) def. Miro/Sardinha (OSU), 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1.Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU), 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (1)
2. Marie-Pier Huet (OU) def. Malika Rose (OSU), 6-3, 6-4
3. Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Meghan Blevins (OSU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Abbi Melrose (OU), 6-2, 6-3
5. Whitney Wofford (OU) def. Mary Jeremiah (OSU), 6-3, 6-2
6. Isabella Miro (OSU) def. Nicole Long (OU), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5, 2*, 6, 1