NORMAN, Okla.-- Four Sooners advanced to the singles main draw of the ITA Central Regional Championships Thursday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
Freshman Morgan Chumney defeated the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Linda Ammar-Mouhoub 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the second round of qualifying. After defeating Krizia Buck of Central Arkansas 6-1, 6-0, Chumney secured herself a spot in the main draw.
Sophomore Emma Devine also advanced to the main draw after defeating South Dakota State’s Tacy Haws-Lay, 6-1, 6-0 and Marizanne Bouwer of Oral Roberts 6-2, 6-2.
Junior Abbi Melrose and senior Whitney Wofford were the final two advancing to the main draw for the Sooners. Melrose defeated Central Arkansas’ Bianca Strukelj, 6-0, 6-2 and Wichita State’s Abby Stevens 6-4, 6-4. Wofford defeated St. Louis’s Brooke Urzendowski 6-1, 6-0 and Kansas’s Anastasija Trubich 6-5, 6-1.
"Abbi had a nice win over a seeded player and looked very comfortable again playing on her home courts," head coach David Mullins said.
Freshman Ann Pepper began her morning with a win over Bradley University’s Ariel Dechter 6-3, 5-6, 10-3 before falling to Oklahoma State’s Carla’s Tur Mari 6-1, 6-2.
After falling in the first round, sophomore Zita Engbroks defeated Missouri’s Alex Clark 6-4, 6-1 in the consolation bracket.
"It is always a good day when you go 10-2 in any tournament," Mullins said. "We looked very comfortable in all our wins, and hopefully that will prepare us for the compeitition we will face in the main draw."
The singles main draw will begin Friday morning and will feature seniors Whitney Ritchie, Mia Lancaster and Hermon Brhane along with the four who advanced Thursday. The doubles main draw is also slated to begin Friday.
ITA Central Regional
Qualifying Draw Results
Chumney (OU) def. Ammar-Mouhoub (UM-KC) 6-0, 6-0
Devine (OU) def. Haws-Lay (SDSU) 6-1, 6-0
Melrose (OU) def. Stukelj (UCA) 6-0, 6-2
Pepper (OU) def. Dechter (BU) 6-3, 5-6, 10-3
Wofford (OU) def. Urzendowski (SLU) 6-1, 6-0
Milosevska (ASU) def. Engbroks (OU) 3-6, 7-6, 10-7
Chumney (OU) def. Buck (UCA) 6-1, 6-0
Devine (OU) def. Bouwer (ORU) 6-2, 6-2
Engbroks (OU) def. Clark (MU) 6-4, 6-1
Melrose (OU) def. Stevens (WSU) 6-4, 6-4
Wofford (OU) def. Turbich (KU) 6-5, 6-1
Tur Mari (OSU) def. Pepper (OU) 6-1, 6-2