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OU Concludes Successful Weekend at ITA Regional

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Oklahoma women’s tennis team wrapped up the 2018 ITA Central Region Championships Monday with Jasmine Asghar and Ivana Corley making a run to the doubles quarterfinal, and the Sooners tallying a total of 28 combined victories on the weekend.

Asghar and Corley took Kansas’ Sonia Smagina and Malkia Ngounoue to the wire, but narrowly fell after a tiebreaker, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (9).

Asghar and Corley’s path to the quarterfinal included an 8-4 victory over Marie Kapelevich and Emily Behling of Nebraska-Omaha; a win over Martina Oliveira and Serena Nash (Missouri), 8-6; and an 8-2 rout of Iowa’s Samantha Mannix and Sophie Clark. The duo moves to 10-3 on the season.

Two other Sooners’ doubles pairs advanced to the tournament’s round of 16. Martina Capurro and Camila Romero tallied victories over Sneha Sinha and Kseniya Zonova of Southeast Missouri State [8-7 (5)] in the round of 64, and Iowa State’s Annabella Bonadonna and Maty Cancini, 8-4, in the round of 32.

Hodges and Miller grabbed an opening round win over Drake’s Carmen Palumbo and Kelsey Neville, 8-7 (5)

In their OU debut, freshmen Kianah Motosono and Laura Rico-Garcia notched a first-round victory over Katie Fries and Riddhi Sharma (UMKC), 8-4, followed by an 8-7 thriller over Maria Ponomareva and Ioana Gheorghita of Kansas State. In the round of 16, the newcomers lost a tight match to Oklahoma State’s Sofia Blanco and Lisa Marie Rioux, 8-6.

In singles, Corley made a run to the consolation semifinal. The freshman fell to Arkansas’ Martina Zerulo, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round of the main draw to move into the consolation bracket. There, she picked up a win over Kaede Amano (North Dakota), 6-4, 6-1, before topping Iowa State’s Bonadonna in a wild match, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6), for a spot in the semifinal.

Corley advanced to the final by virtue of a walkover, but was defeated by Kansas State’s Anna Turco, 7-5, 6-1.

Motosono went 3-1 on the weekend, collecting her first collegiate singles victory in the first round of qualifying, defeating Missouri State’s Mara Presot, 6-2, 6-0. The Miami, Fla., native then won a second straight match to move into the main draw, where she grabbed a round of 128 victory over Marta Bellucco (Wichita State) in a thriller, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1).

Skyler Miller went 3-1, winning two matches in qualifying and earn a spot in the main draw. The sophomore tabbed a 6-4, 6-4, win over Caitlyn Merzbacher (Minnesota), in the round of 128 before her run came to an end in the following round.

Senior Alli Hodges won her way through qualifying before suffering a loss in the main draw’s opening round to go 2-1 on the tournament.

 Nina Jabrzemski compiled a 2-2 record, picking up wins over SEMO’s Teona Velkoska [6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (7)], and Missouri’s Oliveira, 6-1, 6-1.

The Sooners return to action Oct. 26 at the Auburn Invite. Results from the ITA Central Region Championships have been updated below.

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Singles – Qualifying
First Round
Motosono (OU) def. Presot (Missouri State), 6-2, 6-0
Miller (OU) def. Gould (Nebraska), 6-2, 6-1
Hodges (OU) def. O’Brien (Arkansas State), 6-2, 6-3
Worley (Nebraska) def. Jabrzemski (OU), 6-0, 7-5

Second Round
Motosono (OU) def. Gutierrez (Oral Roberts), 6-3, 6-3
Miller (OU) def. Wilcox (Creighton), 7-5, 6-2
Hodges (OU) def. Sinha (SEMO), 6-0, 6-1

Singles – Main Draw
Round of 128
Zerulo (Arkansas) def. Corley (OU), 6-4, 6-4
Miller (OU) def. Merzbacher (Minnesota), 6-4, 6-4
Motosono (OU) def. Bellucco (Wichita State), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1)
Gomez (Minnesota) def. Hodges (OU), 6-4, 6-0

Round of 64
Romero (OU) def. Carr (Arkansas), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Capurro (OU) def. Petushkova (Drake), 6-3, 6-0
Bacalla (Iowa) def. Rico-Garcia (OU), 6-2, 6-2
Nash (Missouri) def. Miller (OU), 6-1, 6-0
Smagina (Kansas) def. Motosono (OU), 6-0, 6-4
Huber (Minnesota) def. Asghar (OU), 6-3, 6-4

Round of 32
Linares (Kansas State) def. Romero (OU), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4
Capurro (OU) def. Tarajova (SEMO), 7-5, 5-7, 6-3

Round of 16
Blanco (Oklahoma State) def. Capurro (OU), 6-4, 7-5

Singles – Consolation
First Round
Corley (OU) def. Amano (North Dakota), 6-4, 6-1
King (Arkansas State) def. Miller (OU), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (7)
Rice (Arkansas) def. Hodges (OU), 6-3, 7-5

Round of 16
Asghar (OU) def. Darter (Missouri State), 7-6 (3), 6-2
Corley (OU) def. Haakenstad (Nebraska), 6-2, 6-3
Grib (Iowa State) def. Rico-Garcia (OU), 6-3, 6-3

Asghar (OU) def. Zonova (SEMO), 6-2, 6-4
Corley (OU) def. Bonadonna (Iowa State), 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6)

Corley (OU) def. Grib (Iowa State), walkover
Turco (Kansas State) def. Asghar (OU), walkover

Turco (Kansas State) def. Corley (OU), 7-5, 6-1

Extra Matches
Adams (SIUe) def. Jabrzemski (OU, 6-3, 6-3
Motosono (OU) def. Worley (Nebraska), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10)
Jabrzemski (OU) def. Velkoska (SEMO), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (7)
Jabrzemski (OU) def. Oliveira (MissourI), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles – Main Draw
Round of 64
Motosono/Rico-Garcia (OU) def. Fries/Sharma (UMKC), 8-4
Capurro/Romero (OU) def. Zinha/Zonova (SEMO), 8-7 (5)
Asghar/Corley (OU) def. Kapelevich/Behling (Nebraska-Omaha), 8-3
Hodges/Miller (OU) def. Palumbo/Neville (Drake), 8-7 (5)

Round of 32
Motosono/Rico-Garcia (OU) def. Ponomareva/Gheorghita (Kansas State), 8-7
Capurro/Romero (OU) def. Bonadonna/Cancini (Iowa State), 8-4
Middlebrooks/Wright (Missouri) def. Miller/Hodges (OU), 8-3
Asghar/Corley (OU) def. Nash/Oliveira (Missouri), 8-6

Round of 16
Rioux/Blanco (Oklahoma State) def. Motosono/Rico-Garcia (OU), 8-6
Okalova/Ploner (Tulsa) def. Capurro/Romero (OU), 8-5
Asghar/Corley (OU) def. Mannix/Clark (Iowa), 8-2

Ngounoue/Smagina (Kansas) def. Asghar/Corley (OU), 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (9)

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