OU Hosts Texas A&M in Pink Match Sunday
NORMAN – The Oklahoma women’s tennis team is home Sunday to host Texas A&M at noon in a pink match for breast cancer awareness. The Sooners will wear pink and honor members of the community who have been impacted by cancer prior to the start of the match.
"This is really such a special match and a great opportunity for us to play for something more than ourselves," said head coach Audra Cohen. Sunday will mark the third straight year OU has put on a match for the cure.
Last Time Out
In its last competition, OU (5-1) downed Arizona State 4-2 at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
For the sixth straight match, OU picked up the doubles point. Arizona State took court one, and the Sooners’ two remaining pairs trailed 4-2 on their respective courts. Oleksandra Korashvili and Kianah Motosono won four straight games to capture court three 6-4 and No. 51 Martina Capurro and Camila Romero held on for a 7-5 win at the No. 2 line to clinch the point for OU.
In singles, Jasmine Asghar, Korashvili and Romero all grabbed wins. Asghar gave up just two games en route to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4. Korashvili got her fourth straight win on court two. Romero clinched her second match of the season with a three-set victory at the No. 3 line.
With a 5-1 mark through six matches, OU is off to its best start under Coach Cohen since her arrival in 2017.
Romero Player of the Week
Sophomore Romero was named Big 12 Player of the Week for Feb. 12 after she clinched both the doubles point and the match in OU’s contest with Arizona State.
The award was the first of Romero’s career and the second for the Sooners after Oleksandra Korashvili was named Player of the Week for Jan. 29.
The accolade marks the first time in program history that multiple Sooners received Big 12 Player of the Week honors in the same season.
Sooners in the Rankings
Korashvili entered the ITA singles rankings at No. 60 in the organization’s first release of the season. The junior currently holds four-match winning streak at the No. 2 line.
Capurro and Romero check in at No. 51. The duo has combined for four victories on the year, playing primarily on court two.
OU is No. 19 in the Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25 rankings, jumping five spots from No. 24 last week.
OU has yet to give up a doubles point through six matches this season.
Korashvili and freshman Motosono remain undefeated (5-0) on court three and have clinched three of OU’s opening points.
Against Arizona State, two courts trailed 4-2 after the Sun Devils took court one. Korashvili and Motosono won four straight games to capture court three 6-4 and Capurro and Romero held on for a 7-5 win at the No. 2 line to clinch the point for OU.
Korashvili has racked up four straight wins at the No. 2 line. The Sooner’s run includes a win over then-No. 15 Christina Rosca of Vanderbilt.
Asghar has won three straight matches. The junior has give up just two games in each of her last two victories on court four.
In doubles, Korashvili and Motosono remain undefeated with a 5-0 mark at the No.3 line.
Scouting Texas A&M
The Aggies enter Sunday’s contest with an 8-1 mark on the season. Texas A&M suffered its first loss of the year Thursday when it fell to Illinois 4-3 on the road.
Two Aggies represent Texas A&M in the ITA singles rankings: Jayci Goldsmith is No. 89 and Tatiana Makraova is No. 109. Goldsmith has compiled an 8-1 record, playing primarily at the No. 1 line Makarova is 5-1 between courts three and four.
The duo checks in at No. 54 in the latest ITA doubles release.
Two Texas A&M players are undefeated: Riley McQuaid is 9-0 on the year at the No. 4 and 5 spots and Dorthea Faa-Hviding is 4-0 on courts five and six.
Free pink T-shirts and coffee mugs will be available while supplies last.
OU Athletics has introduced a clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors at all home events this season. More information on the policy and procedures can be found here.
Admission to the Headington Family Tennis Center is always free.
OU hits the road for a two-match swing in Florida. The Sooners will face Florida on Feb. 22 in Gainesville then head to Tampa for a clash with USF on Feb. 24.