NORMAN – No. 41 Oklahoma women’s tennis defeated Kansas State, 4-2, in its final regular season contest at the Headington Family Tennis Center to cap an undefeated weekend.
The Sooners (12-6, 2-4 Big 12) opened the match with the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. OU grabbed singles victories from courts one, four and six to earn the win.
“Not to say that it was all luck, but we had things fall in our favor over the weekend and so we got two wins, but we definitely learned a lot getting these two wins,” said head coach Audra Cohen. “We take those lessons on and have open arms to them.”
In doubles, OU's Julie Byrne and Malene Stripp picked up their seventh win as a pair with a 6-3 victory over Kansas State's (11-11, 3-5 Big 12) Millie Stretton and Ana Garcia Navas on court one. Byrne/Stripp went up 4-0 and then held off Stretton/Garcia Navas to grab the win.
K-State evened doubles play with a victory from the No. 2 line as OU's Lily Miyazaki and Christie Brigante fell to Carolina Costamagna and Ines Mesquita, 6-1.
With the opening point coming down to court three, OU's tandem of Ann Selim and Simran Sethi topped K-State's Livia Cirnu and Iva Bogo to provide the Sooners an early 1-0 lead. With the match tied at 4-4, Sethi/Simran used a break of serve and a hold to close out the match.
In singles action, Brigante struck first for the Sooners, defeating K-State's Bago, 6-2, 6-0, on court six. After tying the first frame at 2-2, the junior did not give up another game en route to the victory.
Stripp’s 6-4, 6-2, win over Garcia Navas on court four gave Oklahoma a 3-0 lead in the match. The win improved Stripp's singles record to 10-5 this spring.
The Wildcats trimmed OU's lead down to 3-2 with back-to-back victories on courts three and five.
No. 30 Miyazaki’s 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) victory over the Wildcats' Costamagna clinched the match for OU. Miyazaki dominated in the first set before Costamagna took the second frame down to the wire. Tied at 4-4 in a second-set tiebreaker, Miyazaki closed out the match by winning three straight points to seal the win for the Sooners.
“I just tried to stay calm and take it point-by-point,” said Miyazaki. “I think that worked out well today.”
When play was halted, OU's Mimi Fotopoulos was down a set, but tied at 4-4 against the Wildcats’ Stretton in second frame.
Prior to the match, Oklahoma honored its two seniors, Fotopoulos and Ann Pepper in their final regular season match at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
“They’re a big part of the legacy that will lead in the future,” Cohen said of Fotopoulous and Pepper.
The Sooners will return to the road and travel to Stillwater, Okla., next Friday to face in-state rival Oklahoma State at 5 p.m. CT.
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1. #30 Lily Miyazaki (OU) def. Carolina Costamagna (KSU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Mimi Fotopoulos (OU) vs. Millie Stretton (KSU) 2-6, 4-4, unfinished
3. Ines Mesquita (KSU) def. Julie Byrne (OU) 7-5, 6-4
4. Malene Stripp (OU) def. Ana Garcia Navas (KSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Maria Panaite (KSU) def. Ann Selim (OU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Christiana Brigante (OU) def. Iva Bago (KSU) 6-2, 6-0
1. Julie Byrne/Malene Stripp (OU) def. Millie Stretton/Ana Garcia Navas (KSU) 6-3
2. Carolina Costamagna/Ines Mesquita (KSU) def. Lily Miyazaki/Christiana Brigante (OU) 6-1
3. Simran Sethi/Ann Selim (OU) def. Livia Cirnu/Iva Bago (KSU) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,4,3,5,1)