March 8, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – The 40th-ranked University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team captured a 5-2 victory against Kansas Friday, March 8, to open Big 12 play at home. OU has opened Big 12 play with a victory the past four seasons.
“It was a really hard-fought match and give a lot credit to Kansas for playing as hard as they possibly could and put themselves in a position to win.” OU head coach David Mullins said. “Somehow we found a way to dig it out.”
Emma Devine lost the first set, 4-6, and trailed 4-0 in the second before rallying to seal the victory for the Sooners with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Victoria Khanevskaya at the No. 6 position.
“We’ve talked a lot about that (fighting back) the last several months and they’re really starting to get that they’re going to be in every match.” Mullins continued. “We could have easily lost that match 5-2 just as we won it. Credit these girls, again, stepping up but hopefully they’re starting to learn that every match is a battle.”
Oklahoma (7-3, 1-0 Big 12) opened the match by winning the doubles point with a victory at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions. Mia Lancaster and Devine defeated Khanevskaya and Anastasija Trubica, 8-3. Whitney Ritchie and Hermon Brhane topped Dylan Windom and Maria Jose Cardona, 8-5, to seal the doubles point.
Brhane beat Cardona at the No. 1 spot, 6-0, 6-2, to give Oklahoma its first singles point.
Oklahoma dropped the first set at the No. 2, 4, 5 and 6 positions. Whitney Wofford and Devine battled back to claim victories at the No. 4 and 6 spots, respectively.
Ritchie put up a fight at the No. 2 position but fell, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), to Belen Luduena. Zita Engbroks dropped at the No. 5 spot to Trubica, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
“Even the two matches we lost, the second set scores were better than the first set losses.” Mullins commented. “As a coach, you always want to see they made adjustments and found a way to be more competitive in the second set.”
Lancaster also saw a three-set match against Paulina Los. After a 6-4 first-set victory, Lancaster dropped the second set, 3-6. Los pushed Lancaster all the way to the end but Lancaster came out on top in the third set, 7-6 (7-1), to give OU the 5-2 victory.
“I’ve never been apart of a closer 5-2 victory.” Mullins added. “A match like today’s usually results in a 4-3 one-way or the other.”
The Sooners continue Big 12 play Sunday, March 10, at 12 p.m. against No. 36 Kansas State
“I think Kansas State has a little bit more fire power at the No. 1 and 2 positions.” Mullins explained. “Ritchie and Brhane are going to have a really tough doubles match and really tough matches at No. 1 and 2. They’ll give us a chance, no doubt about it, but the No. 3-6 are really going to have to step up.”
No. 40 Oklahoma 5, Kansas 2
1. No. 50 Whitney Ritchie/Hermon Brhane (OU) def. Dylan Windom/Maria Jose Cardona (KU), 8-5
2. Paulina Los/Maria Belen Luduena (KU) def. Zita Engbroks/Whitney Wofford (OU), 8-3
3. Mia Lancaster/Emma Devine (OU) def. Victoria Khanevskaya/Anastasija Trubica (KU), 8-3
1. No. 105 Hermon Brhane (OU) def. Maria Jose Cardona (KU), 6-0, 6-2
2. Belen Luduena (KU) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU), 6-4, 7-6 (11-9)
3. Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Paulina Los (KU), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1)
4. Whitney Wofford (OU) def. Dylan Windom (KU), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Anastasija Trubica (KU) def. Zita Engbroks (OU), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Emma Devine (OU) def. Victoria Khanevskaya (KU), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 3, 1, 2
Singles: 1, 5, 4, 2, 6, 3