Sooners Excel in ITA Singles

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 19, 2013

NORMAN, Okla.--Four Sooners advanced to the round of 16 in the singles main draw at the ITA Central Regional Championships Saturday.

Senior Whitney Ritchie defeated Big 12 rival opponent, Iowa State’s Ksenia Pronina, in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. Her doubles partner, senior Mia Lancaster, ousted Arkansas State’s Biljana Milosevska 7-6 (4), 6-3.

In the second round, Ritchie faced Tulsa’s Rongrong Leenabanchong, topping her 6-1, 6-0 to advance. Lancaster faced Nebraska’s Maike Zeppernick and won 6-3, 6-1. The doubles partners will face each other in their first match in the round of 16.

After losing a tie-break in the first set, senior Hermon Brhane came back to defeat Minnesota’s Jessika Mozia 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-3. In the second round, she faced Big 12 rival Kansas State’s Amina St. Hill and won 6-2, 6-0.

Coming off a doubles semifinals loss Friday, freshman Morgan Chumney ousted Tulsa’s Marcelina Cichon 6-3, 6-4. Chumney’s doubles partner, sophomore Emma Devine, defeated Minnesota’s Julia Courter in straight sets 6-0, 6-4.

Chumney joined Brhane and Ritchie in the round of 16 after topping Missouri’s Gayton-Leach 6-3, 6-2.

“Morgan had two outstanding wins and looked very composed picking off the # 6 seed,” head coach David Mullins said.

Devine faced instate rival Oklahoma State’s Megan McCray in the second round and was defeated 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

In consolation matches, sophomore Zita Engbroks defeated Missouri’s Spearman 6-0, 6-2. Freshman Ann Pepper defeated Central Arkansas’s Strukelj 6-2, 6-1. Senior Whitney Wofford also defeated Spearman 2-6, 6-3, 10-3. Junior Abbi Melrose defeated Paula Rincon-Otero of Minnesota 6-3, 6-3

“Overall I was extremely happy with our performances the last two days,” Mullins said.  “I look forward to seeing more great tennis from us tomorrow.”

The round of 16 will begin Sunday at 9 a.m. The doubles final featuring Lancaster and Ritchie will be played Monday morning.

ITA Central Regional
Day Three Results


First Round
Brhane (OU) def. Mozia (MINN) 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-3
Chumney (OU) def. Cichon (TULSA) 6-3, 6-4
Devine (OU) def. Courter (MINN) 6-0, 6-4
Lancaster (OU) def. Milosevska (ASU) 7-6 (4), 6-3
Ritchie (OU) def. Pronina (ISU) 6-1, 6-2
Luduena (KU) def. Melrose (OU) 6-4, 6-3
Blasco-Fernandez (WSU) def. Wofford (OU) 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4

Second Round
Brhane (OU) def. St. Hill (KSU) 6-2, 6-0
Chumney (OU) def. Gayton-Leach (MIZZ) 6-3, 6-2
Lancaster (OU) def. Zeppernick (NEB) 6-3, 6-1
Ritchie (OU) def. Leenabanchong (TULSA) 6-1, 6-0
McCray (OSU) def. Devine (OU) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Engbroks (OU) def. Spearman (MU) 6-0, 6-2
Pepper (OU) def. Strukelj (UCA) 6-2, 6-1
Wofford (OU) def. Spearman 2-6, 6-3, 10-3
Melrose (OU) def. Rincon-Otero (MINN) 6-3, 6-3



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