NORMAN, Okla.--The No. 28 Oklahoma women’s tennis team will host the 42nd-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday Feb. 8 at 11:00 a.m.
The Sooners (4-1) currently hold a two-match win streak after defeating Memphis and Iowa this past weekend in Norman.
The last matchup between Oklahoma and Illinois (4-1) was last season when the Sooners were defeated 5-2. Oklahoma currently holds a 4-1 record over Illinois.
Sunday’s match will be Hermon Brhane Day and the first of four matches recognizing the senior class. There will be free pizza for all in attendance, a serving contest and a chance to win one of her racquets. There will also be a kids clinic and autographs after the match.
About Hermon Brhane:
The 2013 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year has put together an impressive resume in her two years at Oklahoma. After transferring from Oklahoma Christian in 2012, Hermon led the Sooners in singles with a record of 13-7. She and doubles partner Whitney Ritchie finished the 2013 season ranked No. 9 in the nation and appeared in the round of 16 at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship. Hermon is currently ranked 106th in the nation in singles.
Q&A with Hermon Brhane:
How did you end up in Oklahoma from Germany?
HB: I don’t even know. The first school who offered me a scholarship was Oklahoma Christian. They were the first one and I didn’t know a lot about college so I just took the first one. I’m very happy that I started there. I made so many friends there and the tennis team was awesome. It was a good bonding time so I’m happy that I started there and then went here.
Why did you decided to transfer from Oklahoma Christian?
HB: This is a Division 1 school and my old coach wanted me to come here and visit. When I came here and visited, I just wanted to stay here because I had a lot of friends here. I was like, ‘okay, it’s a Division 1 school, it’s in Oklahoma, and it’s everything, perfect.’
What are your hopes for the team this year?
Hermon Brhane: We have a lot of goals for this semester. We’re a great team and we’re working really hard. Obviously, we want to win the Big 12 and get our ranking as high as we can.
What has been your favorite memory while at OU?
HB: Probably the team and the friendships I’ve made. That’s the best thing I’ve gotten out of OU.
What has been your biggest accomplishment?
HB: Winning All-American honors with Whitney in doubles. That’s probably the best thing we did. I’ve been an All-American before at my old school (Oklahoma Christian) but this is a way bigger deal.
Who advice do you have for the younger girls on the team?
HB: They should just work hard, believe in themselves and keep doing the same things that we’ve been doing this whole fall.
Last year, you were Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Did you expect that or was it a complete shock?
HB: It was a shock. I didn’t expect it at all. I tried my best to do the best thing for my team and win but I didn’t expect that I would win that.
What is your personal goal for this year?
HB: Obviously I want to get my ranking much higher than I’ve had it before and get All-American honors again.
.What are your plans after graduation?
HB: I want to play some tournaments in the summer. I graduate in December and then I’m planning on doing an internship. MY major is communication and my minor is theater so I want to do something like hosting. The ultimate goal is to go to California.
What are you going to miss most when you graduate?
HB: Just college tennis in general. I already miss it now. I will miss the girls and the matches. I’ll come and visit all the time but I’ll miss the match days for sure