NCAA Action Starts Saturday
NORMAN – The No. 32 Oklahoma women’s tennis team is slated to make its 11th NCAA tournament appearance in program history and the first since 2015 on Saturday. The Sooners open the tournament with Winthrop at 9 a.m. CT in Chapel Hill, N.C.
CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL
OU is the No. 2 seed in the regional and will face No. 3 Winthrop Saturday at 9 a.m. CT as No. 1 North Carolina and No. 4 South Carolina State square off on the other side of the bracket at noon. The winners of the two matches will face each other on Sunday at noon CT with the winner of that match advancing to an NCAA Super Regional.
NCAA Super Regionals will take place May 10-11 at campus sites to be determined. Winners of each Super Regional will advance to the team Championships, conducted May 17-19 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
SOONERS AT THE NCAA
The Sooners have made 11 NCAA tournament appearances in program history: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019. Oklahoma owns a 5-10 all-time record in NCAA tournament matches.
OU squads have advanced past the first round five times in program history. No Oklahoma team has ever moved past the second round.
In OU’s most recent tournament appearance in 2015, No. 42 Sooners upset No. 18 Ohio State 4-3 in the first round at the Nashville Regional before falling to host and No. 4 Vanderbilt 4-0 in the second round.
Head coach Audra Cohen is no stranger to the NCAA tournament, having made four appearances in her five years at the helm for North Florida prior to her arrival at OU in 2017.
SEASON IN REVIEW
The Sooners completed the regular season at 16-8 overall to complete OU’s best regular season since Cohen’s arrival in 2017. OU went 5-4 against the conference, also good for the team’s best Big 12 record since 2014. The Sooners got their first win over Baylor since 2005, shutting out the Bears 7-0 to snap the 15-year losing streak.
Oklahoma compiled a 10-3 mark in non-conference matches, taking out opponents from three of the five major conferences during that stretch: SEC (Arkansas), Pac-12 (Arizona State) and Big Ten (Purdue).
The Sooners notched three wins over ranked teams during the season: No. 47 Tulsa on March 8 (4-3); No. 39 Gonzaga on March 9 (4-1) and No. 33 Kansas State March 15 (5-2).
OU will face a familiar opponent in Winthrop in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Sooners previously defeated the Eagles 4-0 on Jan. 25 at ITA Kickoff Weekend in Nashville, Tenn.
OU took the doubles point in that match thanks to wins from Camila Romero and Martina Capurro on court two and Oleksandra Korashvili and Kianah Motosono at the No. 3 line.
In singles, Ivana Corley, Romero and Motosono all tallied wins to close out the match for the Sooners.
Oklahoma played in the Kitty Harrison Invitational hosted by North Carolina during the fall tournament slate. Motosono and Corley both went undefeated (3-0) at the tournament. Additionally, the Sooners went 4-1 against North Carolina players in singles and doubles at that competition.
WHERE THEY RANK
As a team, OU checked in at No. 32 in the most recent ITA rankings. Korashvili is No. 26 nationally in singles while Asghar and Corley are No. 67.
BEST OF THE BIG 12
Three Sooners recently earned conference recognition. Korashvili was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and tabbed to the singles first team. Romero and Capurro each earned singles second team honors and as a duo were named to the doubles second team.
The accolades were the first of all three Sooners’ careers. Korashvili is OU’s first Newcomer of the Year since Hermon Brhane in 2013.
First serve against Winthrop is set for Friday at 9 a.m. CT. Live stats will be available for the contest.