April 18, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – The 36th-ranked University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team travels to Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m., to face No. 37 Oklahoma State for the second round of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series.
“I expect this to be another hard-fought match coming down to a handful of points,” OU head coach David Mullins said. “We hope to be a lot more competitive in doubles this time around and get off to another great start in singles.”
Oklahoma (13-7, 5-3 Big 12) was swept in doubles in its first meeting with the Cowgirls this season, March 29. The Sooners fought back and took four matches in singles play to mark OU’s first victory after losing the doubles point.
Under Mullins, the Sooners are 5-1 and on a current five game win streak against the Cowgirls.
“Both teams still have much to play for with Big 12 and NCAA seeding up for grabs,” Mullins added.
Oklahoma is currently ranked fifth in the Big 12 standings with Oklahoma State standing at sixth. The Sooners are 5-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play since March 24.
“We seem to be playing our best tennis at the right time of year and the team has worked extremely hard this past month to put themselves in this position,” Mullins said.
Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie climbed 12 spots in doubles in the latest ITA rankings. The duo is ranked No. 8, the highest ranking this season.
Oklahoma State (12-7, 4-4) enters Saturday’s match after back-to-back losses to No. 32 TCU, 5-2, and No. 35 Baylor, 5-2.