April 30, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - The 36th-ranked University of Oklahoma women's tennis team was selected to compete in the 2013 NCAA Championships announced by the NCAA Tuesday, April 30.
"It takes a load off." OU head coach David Mullins said. "We've been guessing the last few days as to where we're going to be and we can relax a little bit now and start preparing."
Oklahoma (13-9, 5-4 Big 12) will face No. 26 Arizona State in the first round on Saturday, May 11 at 8 a.m. CT. The winner will advance to the second round to play the winner of Georgia vs. Winthrop the following day.
"It's our main goal to make it to the tournament and we worked so hard for that and I'm happy we made it," OU junior Hermon Brhane said.
The Sooners travel to Athens, Ga., as No. 3 Georgia was selected as one of the 16 host sites for the first and second round.
"Fortunately we've played Arizona State before so we know them well," Mullins stated. "We can kind of game plan once we get their lineup and matchup players and get to work figuring out how we're going to beat them."
Oklahoma fell to Arizona State, 5-2, in the 2013 ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Miami, Fla., Jan. 25.
"We were a new team then," Brhane said. "There were a lot of new girls on the team, like me, and I think we're much stronger than before."
The winner of each site will advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Urbana, Ill., May 17-21.
The selection marks the eighth time in program history and third time under Mullins OU qualified for the NCAA Championships (1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011).
The Sooners enter NCAA's after a quarterfinals loss to Texas, 4-1.