Women's Tennis Releases Fall Schedule
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma Head Women’s Tennis Coach Dave Mullins and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Joe Castiglione announced the Sooners’ seven-event fall schedule on Tuesday. The Sooners’ kick off the fall season with the OU Invitational and finish with the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship in New York, N.Y.
“The fall is mostly about getting stronger, fitter, mentally tougher and learning as much as we can from the pressure situations we face in tournament play,” Mullins said. “My hope is that everyone will get about 15-20 matches and that every player has made some improvements in the areas they are focusing on the most throughout the fall.”
The OU Invitational will be held Sept. 25-27 in Norman, Okla. at the Headington Family Tennis Center. This tournament will include 10 teams in singles and doubles play. Five of the teams are Big 12 opponents.
Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma State, North Texas, Wichita State, Portland, SMU, Kansas, Kansas State and Tulsa will join the Sooners for the three-day tournament.
The Sooners’ lost only one player from last year’s roster in Abbi Melrose, whose spot was filled by Mimi Fotopoulos.
“Mimi’s energy and enthusiasm for her tennis and her team is infectious and we are excited to finally see her represent us all over the country,” Mullins said.
To begin October, sophomore Lily Miyazaki will travel to Los Angeles, Calif. to compete in the ITA All-American Championship. The Co-Big 12 Freshman of the Year finished the 2014-15 season with a 15-5 record at the No. 1 singles position.
The third weekend of October, the Sooners will travel to Stillwater, Okla. for USTA/ITA Central Region Championship at Oklahoma State. Last year, the Sooners’ finished the tournament with a 14-15 record in singles and posted 4-4 record in doubles matches.
Lily Miyazaki will be traveling to Macon, Ga., on Oct. 24 to compete in the International Tennis Federation’s Macon $50K which is a professional-level event.
“The benefit of this is that it exposes our players to some of the highest levels of tennis out there. They get to learn about how some of the older professional players play conduct themselves in competitive situations,” Mullins said. “It also helps them understand what they need to do to be able to compete at this level on a consistent basis.”
Prior to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, the team will head to Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Nov. 6. Last fall, the Sooners’ went 20-15 in singles and 8-7 in doubles. Junior Ann Pepper finished the tournament with a 4-1 singles record.
The Sooners will conclude their season in New York, N.Y., at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship tournament from Nov. 12-Nov. 15.