NORMAN, Okla.--University of Oklahoma women's tennis seniors Whitney Ritchie and Hermon Brhane advanced to the semifinals of the singles draw at the ITA Central Regional Sunday.
Ritchie and senior Mia Lancaster battled each other in the round of 16. Ritchie was victorious, topping her in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
In the quarterfinals, Ritchie faced Minnesota’s Tereza Brichacova ousting her 6-2, 7-5.
Senior Hermon Brhane forced a third set and ousted Nebraska’s Maggy Lehmicke 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Brhane then faced Oklahoma State’s Megan McCray for a Bedlam match-up. Brhane defeated McCray 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals.
"We have only ever once before had two players in the semi-finals of regionals, and that was the last time we hosted four years ago," head coach David Mullins said. "It is a shame that Hermon and Whitney have to meet but it just shows how well both of them are playing right now.”
Freshman Morgan Chumney faced Iowa’s Shelby Talcott and was defeated in straight sets 7-6 (5), 6-4 ending her first ITA Regional appearance.
In consolation matches, sophomore Emma Devine ousted Morven McCulloch of Iowa in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Zita Engbroks defeated Tulsa’s Maria Sant’Anna 6-3, 7-5.
Freshman Ann Pepper ousted Minnesota’s Kendall Heitzner 7-5, 6-3. Senior Whitney Wofford topped Big 12 rival Kansas’s Paulina Los 3-6, 6-3, 10-6.
"I can’t ever remember being this pleased with a team after a fall event," Mullins said. "Everyone showed up mentally and physically all four days and gave their best effort."
Lancaster and Ritchie will play for the doubles title Monday against Arkansas’s Yang Pang and Kimberly-Ann Surin at 9 a.m. The singles semifinals will begin at 10:30 a.m.
ITA Central Regional
Day Four Results
Round of 16
Brhane (OU) def. Lehmicke (NEB) 6-7, 6-3, 6-1
Ritchie (OU) def. Lancaster (OU) 6-3, 6-3
Talcott (Iowa) def. Chumney (OU) 7-6 (5), 6-4
Brhane (OU) def. McCray (OSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Ritchie (OU) def. Brichacova (MINN) 6-2, 7-5
Devine (OU) def. McCulloch (IOWA) 6-0, 6-0
Engbroks (OU) def. Sant’Anna (TULSA) 6-3, 7-5
Pepper (OU) def. Heitzner (MINN) 7-5, 6-3
Wofford (OU) def. Los (KU) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6
Wofford (OU) def. Guttormsen (OSU) 3-6, 6-4, 10-3
Kuricova (TULSA) def. Devine 7-6 (5), 4-6, 11-9
Tur Mari (OSU) def. Melrose (OU) 2-6, 6-4, 10-6
Cichon (TULSA) def. Engbroks (OU) 5-7, 6-1, 10-7
Leenabanchong (TULSA) def. Pepper (OU) 6-2, 6-0