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Sooners Post Third Straight Shutout
April 06, 2014
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NORMAN, Okla.— The No. 18 Oklahoma women’s tennis team (15-3, 5-1) posted its third straight shutout with a 7-0 win over the Iowa State Cyclones (8-12, 0-7) Sunday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

“To not lose a set two matches in a row, that’s really hard to do,” OU head coach David Mullins said. “We won comfortably. I’m very pleased with how the weekend went.”

Senior Hermon Brhane and sophomore Zita Engbroks earned their 10th doubles win of the season with an 8-3 win over Lydia Green and Carolina Andersen.

After freshman Morgan Chumney and senior Whitney Wofford dropped their match, 8-5, the doubles point came down to court one.

Seniors Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie battled Iowa State’s Samantha Budai and Ksenia Pronina for 14 games before ultimately taking the match 8-6 to clinch the doubles point for the Sooners.

Ritchie recorded the first singles point for the Sooners with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Samantha Budai. The Oklahoma City native is currently undefeated in Big 12 play and boasts an 11-0 record at the No. 2 spot this season.

Sophomore Emma Devine added to Oklahoma’s total with a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 5 spot. The win was her 21st of the year making her the second Sooner to record 20 singles wins, behind Ritchie.

Clinching the match for the Sooners was Lancaster on court four. She bested Ana Gasparovic in straight sets to give Oklahoma the win.

Chumney recorded her 20th career singles win with a 6-1, 7-6 win over Meghan Cassens. She joins teammates Ritchie and Lancaster as the only current players to record 20-win seasons as freshmen.

Engbroks posted a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 spot to earn her second Big 12 win of the season.

Completing the shutout over Iowa State was Brhane who topped Ksenia Pronina 6-4, 6-3 on court one.

Oklahoma travels to Austin, Texas Friday, April 11, to take on the Texas Longhorns at 6 p.m. The match will be aired on the Longhorn Network. The team will then travel to Waco, Texas on Sunday, April 13, to take on the Baylor Bears at 1 p.m.

“We’ve been talking about Texas and Baylor for the last two weeks,” Mullins said. “We’ve known that if we stay focused that we should win comfortably. We’ll get more specific this week with game planning. We’ve got a little bit of work to do but not a whole lot.”

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OKLAHOMA 7, IOWA STATE 0

Doubles:

1. Lancaster/Ritchie (OU) def. Budai/Pronina (ISU) 8-6
2. Cassens/Gasparovic (ISU) def. Chumney/Wofford (OU) 8-5
3. Engbroks/Brhane (OU) def. Green/Andersen (ISU) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles:

1. Hermon Brhane (OU) def. Ksenia Pronina (ISU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Samantha Budai (ISU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Morgan Chumney (OU) def. Meghan Cassens (ISU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Ana Gasparovic (ISU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Emma Devine (OU) def. Emma Waites (ISU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Zita Engbroks (OU) def. Talisa Merchiers (ISU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 4, 6, 3, 1

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