NORMAN – Oklahoma women’s tennis took down Old Dominion, 4-3, Saturday at the Headington Family Tennis Center in the team’s second annual pink match for breast cancer awareness.
The win gave OU its first home victory on the season, and the Sooners improved to 2-5 overall. Old Dominion fell to 8-2 on the year after OU snapped the Monarchs’ five-match winning streak.
“It means a lot," said head coach Audra Cohen of the win. "Having a match like this is really a special thing for me personally, but also for the girls and their friends and family members. Just to see that and anytime it’s more than you, it’s a lot more important, so it was nice to see that.”
The Sooners captured the doubles point to open the match. Old Dominion struck first on court two, but OU bounced back with a pair of tiebreaker wins on courts one and three to take an early 1-0 lead.
OU’s Jasmine Asghar and Christie Brigante took down Yulia Starodubtseva and Holly Hutchinson in a thriller, winning 7-6 (5). The Sooners traded games with the Monarchs into the tiebreaker before an ace by Asghar gave OU some separation. The tandem closed out the match strong to bring doubles play down to court three.
Simran Sethi and Camila Romero defeated Adriana Rajkovic and Natalya Malenko, 7-6 (1). The Sooners dominated the tiebreaker to clinch the doubles point for OU.
"We played offensive tennis to finish the match at 1 and at 3 so to be able to do it, not just by luck, but to do it on offense, on our terms was really important today," said Cohen.
Brigante picked up the Sooners’ first singles win of the day with a 7-5, 6-0, win over Nataliia Vlasova on court three. The senior came back from a 4-2 deficit to capture the first frame, then cruised to a second-set win.
“Today I played for my neighbor, Lori Goldwyn," said Brigante. "It’s just really important to me. She was actually my teacher when I was little, too, and she’s just a great woman and someone that I’ve definitely admired through her fight… It felt great to get the win, especially for her. I’m definitely glad that I was able to do it for her today.”
Stripp defeated Louie McLelland, 6-2, 6-4, from the No. 6 line. In the first set, Stripp traded games with McLelland before taking over to win four straight and take the frame.
No. 18 Lily Miyazaki won a thriller over Hutchinson on court one, coming out on top of a second-set tiebreaker, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) to clinch the match for the Sooners.
Asghar was defeated by Starodubtseva, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 2 singles. Asghar trailed 5-1 in the second set before fighting back for two more games, but Starodubtseva prevailed.
Romero fell to Rajkovic, 6-4, 6-2 on court five.
Sethi dropped a heartbreaker to Olivarez on court four after the match went to a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-7). The senior trailed 4-1 in the first set before surging back to win five straight games and take the frame, 6-4. Sethi fought in the second set and tiebreaker, but fell just short at the hands of Olivarez.
The Sooners return to action Wednesday for a midweek clash with North Texas at 3 p.m. at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
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- #18 Lily Miyazaki (OU) def. Holly Hutchinson (ODU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
- Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) def. Jasmine Asghar (OU) 6-3, 6-3
- Christiana Brigante (OU) def. Nataliia Vlasova (ODU) 7-5, 6-0
- Victoria Olivarez (ODU) def. Simran Kaur Sethi (OU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-7)
- Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) def. Camila Romero (OU) 6-4, 6-2
- Malene Stripp (OU) def. Louie McLelland (ODU) 6-2, 6-4
- Jasmine Asghar/Christiana Brigante (OU) def. Yulia Starodubtseva/Holly Hutchinson (ODU) 7-6 (7-5)
- Nataliia Vlasova/Victoria Olivarez (ODU) def. Skyler Miller/Malene Stripp (OU) 6-2
- Camila Romero/Simran Kaur Sethi (OU) def. Adriana Rajkovic/Natalya Malenko (ODU) 7-6 (7-1)
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3); Singles (2, 5, 3, 6, 1, 4)