Five Sooners Advance to Open Fall Season

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

Sept. 24, 2010

NORMAN, Okla. – Five Sooners advance in OU’s first Sooner Fall Invitational after OU won three singles matches and three doubles matches on opening day.

“Today was about what I expected,” OU head coach David Mullins said. “I thought for our first tournament of the season we looked a little sharper than I expected but the results ended the way I thought they would at the beginning of the day.”

Senior Tara Eckel and RS-sophomore Peta Maree Lancaster advance to the doubles B semifinals on Sunday after picking up two wins Friday.  The duo topped Valerie Brockman of Wichita State and Samantha Kaneta of Depaul in the first round, 8-1, and OSU’s Leyla Simmons and Allison Burckhartt in the quarterfinals, 8-5.

In singles, OU’s Maria Kalashnikova, Brittany Parks and Whitney Ritchie all won in the first round and will play in the singles quarterfinals on Saturday.

Kalashnikova defeated Samantha Adam of Texas Tech in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.  Parks and Ritchie both had dominating performances in the first round, Parks topped UALR’s Nathalia Gray, 6-2, 6-1, while Ritchie beat TU’s Meredith Burns, 6-1, 6-2.

OU’s freshman duo of Ritchie and Mia Lancaster lost a tough match to OSU’s Nataliya Shatkovskaya and Kanyapat Narattana in the doubles A first round, falling 8-5.  Ritchie and Mia then lost to Shahzoda Hatamova and Edyta Ciepulcha of SMU in the loser’s bracket, 8-1.

“It was a great opportunity for Whitney and Mia to see this level of tennis,” Mullins said. “They struggled a little bit in doubles today but they got to see the highest level of college tennis and really understand what they need to work on and focus on in order to play at this level.”

The Sooner Fall Invitational continues Saturday, with two rounds of singles beginning at 9 a.m.

Friday’s Results
Doubles A
Shatkovskaya/Narrattana (OSU) def. Ritchie/M. Lancaster (OU), 8-5
Cieplucha/Hatamova (SMU) def. Ritchie/M. Lancaster (OU), 8-1

Doubles B
Kalashnikova/Parks (OU) def. Candanoza (TU)/Fuchs (PORT), 9-7
Eckel/P. Lancaster (OU) def. Brockman (WSU)/Kaneta (DEP), 8-1
Sanders/Ullathorne (TTU) def. Kalashnikova/Parks (OU), 8-4
Eckel/P. Lancaster (OU) def. Simmons/Burckhartt (OSU), 8-5

Singles A
Nataliya Shatkovskaya (OSU) def. Tara Eckel (OU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Selma Salkovic (DEP) def. Mia Lancaster (OU) 6-4, 6-3

Singles B
Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Meredith Burns (TU), 6-1, 6-2
Maria Kalashnikova (OU) def. Samantha Adams (TTU), 6-7, 6-3, 6-2

Singles C
Jade Frampton (ARK) def. Peta Maree Lancaster (OU), 6-1, 6-0

Singles D
Brittany Parks (OU) def. Nathalia Gray (UALR), 6-2, 6-1





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