Three Sooners Earn All-Big 12 Honors
NORMAN – Oklahoma women's tennis junior Oleksandra Korashvili has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.
Korashvili was also tabbed to the All-Big 12 Singles First Team and joins teammates Martina Capurro and Camila Romero on the list of league honorees. Capurro and Romero were both selected to the singles second team and earned doubles second-team honors as a duo.
Four All-Big 12 women's tennis selections are the most in OU history.
"This is a huge accomplishment for the program as a whole," said head coach Audra Cohen. "The team has worked extremely hard to create history and I am very proud of how much they have accomplished this year."
The official All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
Oleksandra Korashvili — Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, First-Team Singles
In her debut season, Korashvili wasted no time making her presence known. The Odessa, Ukraine, native is tied with Camila Romero for the team-high in singles wins with a 16-8 record. Korashvili took down seven ranked opponents with four of those victories against top-25 players. She reached a career-high No. 19 ranking on March 19.
Korashvili made history by earning four Big 12 Player of the Week honors to become the first OU player to garner multiple conference weekly accolades in a season and the first Big 12 player to win more than three in a season.
Korashvili is the first Newcomer of the Year from Oklahoma since Hermon Brhane won the award in 2013.
The Sooner has punched her ticket to the NCAA Individual Championships May 20-25 to mark the third consecutive year that OU has sent a player to the tournament. Korashvili is the third player in program history to make an appearance there.
“I’m really proud of Oleksandra for everything she’s accomplished,” said Cohen. “At the start of the year she was determined to make the absolute most of her time at OU and to create history with the program. For her to do this in such a short time is truly special.”
Martina Capurro — Second-Team All-Big 12 Singles
Capurro had a strong showing in her first season of competition, compiling a 14-6 record between courts one and two. The Buenos Aires, Argentina, native bested four ranked opponents over the course of the season and went 5-3 against the Big 12. Capurro ranks third in league wins at the No. 2 spot.
Camila Romero — Second-Team All-Big 12 Singles
Romero excelled in her sophomore season to tally a 16-8 record and tie Korashvili for the team-high in singles wins. Romero clinched five matches for OU, sealing about one third of the team’s victories. A native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Romero more than tripled her win count from her freshman season.
Martina Capurro/Camila Romero — Second-Team All-Big 12 Doubles
A force as a duo, Capurro and Romero went 16-4 in doubles at the No. 2 line. The pair went 7-1 in Big 12 matches to tie Texas’ Anna and Bianca Turati for the most doubles wins in the league. Capurro and Romero led the conference in wins at the No. 2 position.
The Sooners are set for their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2015 at the Chapel Hill Regional hosted by the University of North Carolina. OU will face Winthrop in the opening round, and should the Sooners win, they will take on North Carolina or South Carolina State in round two.
First serve against Winthrop is set for 9 a.m. CT on Saturday.