Sooners Top Tulsa in a Thriller
NORMAN – The Oklahoma women’s tennis team won its fourth straight match Friday night in statement fashion, downing No. 47 Tulsa 4-3 at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
OU gave up the doubles point to start the match but fired back in singles to close out the Golden Hurricane. The match came down to court one, where No. 40 Oleksandra Korashvili held on for a three-set win to clinch the contest for OU.
“First of all, hats off to Tulsa, I felt like they played a really, really good match. We had to earn everything that we got,” said head coach Audra Cohen. “[Korashvili] stepped up huge. She knows she has the level and she’s done a lot of work in keeping herself calm in those big moments and she just stepped up huge at the end and did it with her tennis.
We’re a really young team and we’re learning and growing with every repetition that we get. IT’s important that different players on this team are stepping up at different moments and we have to continue to grow in every spot.”
Tulsa started the match with a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point. At the top spot, Jasmine Asghar and Ivana Corley fell to No. 14 Martina Okalova and Vera Ploner 6-4.
Korashvili and Kianah Motosono suffered their first loss of the season to Marina Davytan and Megan Hopton 6-3 on court three.
When play was abandoned, No. 75 Camila Romero and Martina Capurro trailed Martha Matoula and Manon Meulenberg 5-4 at the No. 2 line.
Motosono struck first in singles with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hopton to tie the match at 1-all. After tying the first set at 3-all, the freshman won six straight games to close out the first set and take a 3-0 lead in the second before Hopton got on the board.
Tulsa regained the lead at 2-1 when Capurro fell to Matoula 6-4, 6-3 on court two.
OU tied the match again as No. 121 Romero took down Shura Poppe 7-5, 6-3 on court four. The first set was tied at every game up to five before Romero won the last two games to put it way. The players tied the second frame at every game up to 3-all but the Sooner took over and did not give up another set to close out the match.
Asghar took Ploner to the wire, but fell after three sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, and Tulsa took a 3-2 lead in the match.
Corley kept the Sooners alive with a three-set win over Davtyan at the No. 6 spot, 3-6, 6-0, 7-5. The freshman gave up the first set but stormed back for a shutout in the second to force a deciding frame. The third set was tied at every game up to five but Corley ran away with it to tie the match at 3-all.
“It was huge for Ivana to win at six and really handled her nerves beautifully,” said Cohen. “She just keeps learning and growing.”
The contest came down to court one, where No. 40 Korashvili came out on top of another three-setter with No. 76 Okalova 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. After giving up the first set, the Big 12 Player of the Week controlled the next two frames to seal the match for OU.
The win was good for Korashvili’s fourth straight and second consecutive victory over a ranked opponent.
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1. #40 Oleksandra Korashvil (OU) def. #76 Martina Okalova (TULSA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Martha Matoula (TULSA) def. Martina Capurro (OU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Vera Ploner (TULSA) def. Jasmine Asghar (OU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
4. #121 Camila Romero (OU) def. Shura Poppe (TULSA) 7-5, 6-3
5. Kianah Motosono (OU) def. Megan Hopton (TULSA) 6-3, 6-1
6. Ivana Corley (OU) def. Marina Davtyan (TULSA) 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
1. #14 Martina Okalova/Vera Ploner (TULSA) def. Jasmine Asghar/Ivana Corley (OU) 6-4
2. #75 Camila Romero/Martina Capurro (OU) vs. Martha Matoula/Manon Meulenberg (TULSA) 4-5, unfinished
3. Marina Davtyan/Megan Hopton (TULSA) def. Oleksandra Korashvil/Kianah Motosono (OU) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,2,4,3,6,1)