Ritchie Clinches Victory for Oklahoma

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 22, 2014

Norman, Okla.—An impressive singles performance by senior Whitney Ritchie helped lead No. 20 Oklahoma to a 4-3 win over No. 49 Utah Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

With the match tied at three-all, Ritchie battled to a third set against Tereza Bekerova to clinch the match with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

“Ritchie stepped up when we needed her most,” head coach David Mullins said. “She found a way to get another big win at No. 1 singles today."

Earning the other two singles victories for the Sooners was senior Hermon Brhane and junior Abbi Melrose. Brhane defeated Sarah Pham 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 2 position while Melrose defeated Luisa Rosa 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 6 position.

The Sooners first point came in doubles where the team notched their tenth straight doubles win. Ritchie and senior Mia Lancaster defeated Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles 8-7 to give the Sooners an advantage. Freshman Morgan Chumney and sophomore Emma Devine clinched the point defeating Luisa Rosa and Sarah Richter, 8-7.

"We had little to no business winning doubles today but the team fought as hard as they could to erase big deficits on all three courts,” Mullins said. “Without that point I don't believe we would have won this match today."

Oklahoma finished the month of February with a perfect 6-0 record, including a 4-0 mark on the road and a 5-0 mark against ranked teams.

"We showed that we can handle adversity pretty well this year away from home,” Mullins said. “This weekend has made us a better team in the long run. It was a great way to cap of a spectacular February.”

The Sooners next stop will be in Stillwater as they take on Oklahoma State in a non-conference Bedlam matchup Sunday March 9 at 1 p.m. The meet will air on ESPN3 as part of the College MatchDay initiative.

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1. Ritchie/Lancaster (OU) def. Bekerova/Miles (Utah), 8-7
2. Devine/Chumney (OU) def. Rosa/Richter (Utah), 8-7
3. Engbroks/Brhane (OU) & Craig/Pham (Utah), Unfinished
Order of Finish: 1, 2


1. Ritchie (OU) def. Bekerova (Utah) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2. Brhane (OU) def. Pham (Utah) 6-3, 6-2
3. Craig (Utah) def. Lancaster (OU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Richter (Utah) def. Chumney (OU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Miles (Utah) def. Devine (OU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Melrose (OU) def. Rosa (Utah) 6-2, 7-5
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 5, 3, 6, 1



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