NORMAN, Okla.-- University of Oklahoma women’s tennis went a combined 3-3 at the Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va. and 2-6 Saturday at the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational in Little Rock, Ark.
Senior Whitney Ritchie and sophomore Emma Devine started their day against the No. 7 ranked team of Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans (William and Mary). The pair fought hard and forced a tiebreaker but ended up falling, 8-7.
After their fall in doubles play, the pair focused on their singles match-ups. In the consolation semifinals, Ritchie defeated Harvard’s June Lee, 7-6, 6-2. Devine, who was the sole singles winner on Friday, fell in the semifinals to South Carolina’s Caroline Dailey 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to end her singles run.
Sophomore Zita Engbroks and freshman Ann Pepper came back from losses Friday to defeat Sarah Bessen (Dartmouth) 6-4, 6-2 and Narni Summerall 6-4, 6-2, respectively. Engrbroks will compete Sunday in consolation finals play while Pepper will finish out round robin singles.
Junior Abbi Melrose fell to Monica Lin (Harvard) 6-1, 6-0 in the consolation semifinals to end her weekend.
At the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational, senior Hermon Brhane and doubles partner freshman Morgan Chumney defeated Yang Pang and Brittany Huxley (Arkansas) 8-4 before falling to Texas Tech’s Kenna Kilgo and Samantha Adams, 8-4.
Chumney recorded her first collegiate singles win in the consolation bracket as she defeated Maria Cardenas (Houston) 6-2, 6.4
Doubles pair seniors Mia Lancaster and Whitney Wofford fell to Caroline Rohde-Moe and Maria Milutinovic (Ole Miss) 8-5.
In singles play, the Sooners suffered another day of losses. Houston’s Despoina Vogasari, defeated Brhane, 7-6, 6-4 and Wofford fell to Milutinovic (Ole Miss) 6-4, 6-4 in the consolation bracket. In the semifinals, Elena Kordolaimi of Houston topped Lancaster, 6-2, 7-6.
While Saturday did not end with the best results, head coach David Mullins knows that the team is learning and will improve throughout the season.
"Saturday was another disappointing day results wise but definitely better than Friday, “ Mullins said. “We are learning a lot facing this level of competition so early in the year and it will definitely have us prepared for the rest of the fall season."
The Tribe Invitational
Day Two Results
Maria Belaya/ Jeltje Loomans (W&M) def. Ritchie/Devine (OU) 8-7 (3)
Monica Lin (Harvard) def. Abbi Melrose (OU) 6-1, 6-0
Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. June Lee (Harvard) 7-6, 6-2
Zita Engbroks (OU) def. Sarah Bessen (Dartmouth) 6-4,6-2
Caroline Dailey (South Carolina) def. Emma Devine (OU) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
Ann Pepper (OU) def. Narni Summerall (Dartmouth) 6-4, 6-2
Day Two Results
Brhane/Chumney (OU) def. Pang/Huxley (Arkansas) 8-4
Milutinovic/Rohde-Moe (Ole Miss) def. Lancaster/Wofford (OU) 8-5
Kilgo/Adams (Texas Tech) def. Chumney/Brhane (OU) 8-4
Toti/ Kiro (Texas Tech) def. Wofford/Lancaster (OU) 8-4
Elena Kordolaimi (Houston) def. Mia Lancaster (OU) 6-2 7-6
Maria Milutinovic (Ole Miss) def. Wofford (OU) 6-4, 6-4
Despoina Vogasari (Houston) def. Brhane (OU) 7-6, 6-4
Morgan Chumney (OU) def. Maria Cardenas (Houston) 6-2, 6-4