Sooners Wrap Up ITA Regional

Ann Marcelli
By Ann Marcelli
Communications Assistant

NORMAN – The Sooners wrapped up the ITA Central Regional Friday in Lawrence, Kansas.

"Today we fought hard, but were not able to execute the way we would have liked. We had some trouble winning deuce points early in each match and that really impacted our confidence for the rest of the match," said head coach Audra Cohen.

In singles action, senior Malene Stripp grabbed a round of 64 win with a rout of Bradley’s Malini Wijesinghe, 6-1, 6-3, before she was defeated by Maria Toren Ribes of Kansas, 6-0, 6-3.

Brigante fell to Elise van Heuvelan of Iowa, 6-4, 7-5, while Romero was defeated by Oklahoma State’s Sofia Blanco, 6-2, 6-0, in a Bedlam matchup.

In the consolation draw, Simran Sethi notched a 6-4, 6-2, victory over Southeast Missouri State’s Isabella Krupa. Sethi’s run came to an end in the round of 16, where she fell to Agne Cepelyte (Arkansas), 7-5, 6-2.

In doubles play, Iowa’s Adorabol Huckleby and Yufei Long (Iowa) defeated Brigante and Sethi, 8-5.

"The beauty of the fall season is that we are able to learn these lessons and head back to the practice court knowing what we need to improve moving forward," said Cohen.

Results from the ITA Central Region Championships have been updated below.

The Sooners will have a brief break before traveling to Tempe, Arizona, for the ASU Fall Invite on November 3.

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Day One Results

MAIN DRAW – DOUBLES (Round of 64)
Brigante/Sethi def. Emelie/Lundell (SEMO), 8-5
Ishimura/Rosette (Creighton) def. Stripp/Romero, 8-7

MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (Round of 128)
Brigante def. Doroshenko (SEMO), 6-2, 7-6
Romero def. Tupper (SIUE), 6-1, 6-0
Wright (Missouri) def. Sethi, 7-5, 6-4
Stripp def. Ishimura (Creighton), 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Day Two Results

MAIN DRAW – DOUBLES (Round of 32)
Huckleby/Long (Iowa) def. Brigante/Sethi, 8-5

MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (Round of 64)
Blanco (OSU) def. Romero,  6-2, 6-0
van Heuvelan (Iowa) def. Brigante,  6-4, 7-5
Stripp def. Wijesinghe (Bradley), 6-1, 6-3

MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (Round of 32)
Toren Ribes (Kansas) def. Stripp, 6-0, 6-3

Sethi def. Krupa (SEMO), 6-4, 6-2

Cepelyte (Arkansas) def. Sethi, 7-5, 6-2