NORMAN, Okla.--Seniors Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie advanced to the final round of doubles at the ITA Central Regional Friday evening.
After a bye in the first round, the pair defeated teams from Southern Illinois, Nebraska and Wichita State. In the semifinals, they faced teammates freshman Morgan Chumney and sophomore Emma Devine, winning 8-5.
“We are looking forward to the final in a day or two, “ head coach David Mullins. “But right now we need to reset for singles and try to replicate the same intensity and decision making that we had today in doubles.”
Chumney and Devine defeated teams from Kansas State, Iowa and Tulsa to advance to the semifinal matchup against Ritchie and Lancaster.
Sophomore Zita Engbroks and senior Hermon Brhane advanced to the semifinals after defeating Central Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa teams. In the semifinals they fell to Arkansas’s Yang Pang and Kimberly Ann-Surin 8-6.
Senior Whitney Wofford and junior Abbi Melrose defeated teams from Oklahoma State and Kansas State to advance to the round of 16. The duo then fell to Arkansas’s Yang Pang and Kimberly-Ann Surin 8-7 (2).
“To have four teams in the round of 16 and three teams in the semifinals is truly a wonderful accomplishment for this team, “ Mullins said. “I am extremely proud of them. Our decision making has improved tremendously this past month and it is very motivating to see all the hard work pay off.”
The doubles final match will be played either Sunday or Monday morning. The first round of the singles main draw will begin Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.
ITA Central Regional
Day Two Results
Brhane/Engbroks (OU) def. Williams/Horsikyan (UCA) 8-0
Chumney/Devine (OU) def. Bago/Panaite (KSU) 8-0
Melrose/Wofford (OU)) def. Burke/McCray (OSU) 8-5
Brhane/Engbroks (OU) Spearman/ Hine (MU)
Chumney/Devine (OU) def. Talcott/Zordani (IOWA) 8-1
Lancaster/Ritchie (OU) def. Tomishima/Love (SIU) 8-0
Melrose/Wofford (OU) Niedermayerova/ Juhasz (KSU) 8-7 (8)
Round of 16
Chumney/Devine (OU) def. Vickers/Enrique (TULSA) 8-7 (5)
Lancaster/Ritchie (OU) def. Hanna/Lehmicke (NEB) 8-3
Pang/Surin (ARK) def. Melrose/Wofford (OU) 8-7 (2)
Brhane/Engbroks (OU) def. Seaborne/McCulloch (IOWA) 8-6
Chumney/Devine (OU) def. Sant'Anna/Leenabanchong 8-7 (4)
Lancaster/Ritchie (OU) def. Blasco/Pedrazzi (WSU) 8-1
Lancaster/Ritchie (OU) def. Chumney/Devine (OU) 8-5
Pang/Surin (ARK) def. Brhane/Engbroks (OU) 8-6