NORMAN, Okla.--Despite a last minute comeback effort, the No. 34 Oklahoma women’s tennis team (2-1) fell to No. 12 Alabama (2-0) Sunday at the ITA Kick-Off in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Sooners jumped out to an early start with sophomore Emma Devine and freshman Morgan Chumney continuing their winning streak by defeating Maya Jansen and Danielle Spielmann, 6-3.
After an hour of play, senior Hermon Brhane and sophomore Zita Engbroks clinched the doubles point for Oklahoma with a 7-6 victory over Alabama’s Carmen Blanco and Luicelena Perez.
After taking down the No. 19 doubles team and No. 90 singles player on Saturday, senior Whitney Ritchie got her third upset of the weekend, taking down No. 76 Danielle Spielmann, 6-2, 6-2. The win gave OU their first singles point of the day.
With a 2-0 lead and three wins in the first set of singles at the No. 3, 4 and 5 positions it seemed like the Sooners had a quick win ahead of them. However, Chumney, Devine and senior Mia Lancaster dropped their second and third sets to give the Crimson Tide a 3-2 lead.
Brhane made the match exciting, winning her match, 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 (10-7), to even the score at three.
The last minute effort wasn’t enough and junior Abbi Melrose fell in her second and third sets, giving Alabama the 4-3 win.
"It was truly an amazing effort today, and I could not be more proud of our effort," head coach David Mullins said. "We did all we could but just came up a couple of points short in the end. Unfortunately the super tiebreakers didn't go our way today. All credit to Alabama for their great comeback."
The Sooners will be back at home Friday, Jan. 31 to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 2 p.m.
ITA Kick-Off Championship Results
1. Mary Anne Daines/Erin Routliffe (UA) vs. #50 Mia Lancaster/Whitney Ritchie (OU) 6‐6, unfinished
2. Morgan Chumney/Emma Devine (OU) def. Maya Jansen/Danielle Spielmann (UA) 6‐3
3. Hermon Brhane/Zita Engbroks (OU) def. Carmen Blanco/Luicelena Perez (UA) 7‐6
Order of Finish: 2,3
1. #106 Hermon Brhane (OU) def. Mary Anne Daines (UA) 6‐7, 7‐6, 10‐7
2. Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. #76 Danielle Spielmann (UA) 6‐2, 6‐2
3. Maya Jansen (UA) def. Morgan Chumney (OU) 4‐6, 6‐4, 10‐8
4. #68 Erin Routliffe (UA) def. Mia Lancaster (OU) 6‐7, 6‐0, 10‐5
5. #69 Emily Zabor (UA) def. Emma Devine (OU) 3‐6, 6‐0, 10‐5
6. Natalia Maynetto (UA) def. Abbi Melrose (OU) 4‐6, 6‐2, 10‐8
Order of Finish: 2,3,5,4,1,6