Sooners Sweep Iowa State in Big 12 First Round

Ann Marcelli
By Ann Marcelli
Communications Assistant
Iowa State

AUSTIN, Texas  The Oklahoma women’s tennis team routed Iowa State Thursday in the first round of the 2018 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships.

With the victory, OU improves to 15-11 overall and will advance to the second round, where the Sooners will face No. 2 seed Oklahoma State. Iowa State finishes the year at 9-17.

“It was a good first round to get under our belt and gain some confidence,” said head coach Audra Cohen. “I think getting used to the courts and the speed and everything is important going into tomorrow.”

OU opened the match with the doubles point. Simran Sethi and Camila Romero shut out ISU’s Annabella Bonadonna and Karen Alvarez, 6-0, from the No. 3 line to get things started for the Sooners. 

Seniors Lily Miyazaki and Malene Stripp captured the opening point with a 6-2 victory over Margarita Timakova and Ekaterina Repina on court two.

When play was abandoned, Christie Brigante and Jasmine Asghar trailed Maty Cancini and Regina Espindola, 3-2, on court one.

Asghar grabbed OU’s first singles win of the day with a 6-0, 6-3, victory over Repina at the No. 2 line.

Sethi extended the Sooners’ lead to 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2, rout of Karen Alvarez on court six.

OU’s No. 38 Miyazaki clinched the win for OU with a 6-2, 6-3, victory over Cancini at the top spot. With her victory, Miyazaki improves to 15-5 on the season and has now clinched three matches 2018.

When play was halted, Brigante led ISU’s Espindola, 4-2, in the second set on court three. Brigante won the first handily, 6-3.

On court six, OU’s Romero was about to start her second frame with Timakova. Timakova won the first set after a breaker, 7-6 (6).

Stripp was locked in at 2-2 in the second set with the Cyclones’ Bonadonna on court six. Stripp held on to win an extended first set, 7-5.

The Sooners will face second-seeded Oklahoma State Friday at 3 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for the match.  

For updates, follow @OU_WTennis on Twitter. 

Singles Results

  1. #39 Lily Miyazaki (OU) def. Cancini, Maty (ISU) 6-2, 6-3
  2. Jasmine Asghar (OU) def. Repina, Ekaterina (ISU) 6-0, 6-3
  3. Christiana Brigante (OU) vs. Espindola, Regina (ISU) 6-3, 4-2, unfinished
  4. Camila Romero (OU) vs. Timakova, Margarita (ISU) 6-7 (6-8), 0-0, unfinished
  5. Malene Stripp (OU) vs. Bonadonna, Annabella (ISU) 7-5, 2-2, unfinished
  6. Simran Kaur Sethi (OU) def. Alvarez, Karen (ISU) 6-2, 6-2

 Doubles Results

  1. Christiana Brigante/Jasmine Asghar (OU) vs. Cancini, Maty/Espindola, Regina (ISU) 2-5, unfinished
  2. Lily Miyazaki/Malene Stripp (OU) def. Timakova, Margarita/Repina, Ekaterina (ISU) 6-2
  3. Simran Kaur Sethi/Camila Romero (OU) def. Bonadonna, Annabella/Alvarez, Karen (ISU) 6-0