The Oklahoma women’s tennis team will host the OU Fall Invite at the Headington Family Tennis Center, with play running Friday through Sunday. The tournament will feature two 16-player singles draws, two round robin singles draws as well as two eight-team doubles draws and one round robin bracket for doubles play.
“This weekend is a great opportunity for the team to play with energy and heart in front of a home crowd,” OU head coach Audra Cohen said. “This semester we have focused a lot on big picture growth, and I am excited to see the team continue to embrace this philosophy.”
Oklahoma and six other teams will be competing in singles and doubles play. Friday will feature two rounds of doubles and two rounds of singles, Saturday will begin with the final round of doubles and three rounds of singles action. The tournament will finish on Sunday with two rounds of singles.
The three-day event includes Big 12 foes Kansas State and Texas Tech, as well as non-conference opponents Wichita State, Tulsa, SMU and North Texas.
At last year’s OU Fall Invite, Oklahoma grabbed nine singles wins, along with a second-place doubles finish from junior Malene Stripp and senior Ann Pepper.
Three Sooners will be competing in the top singles flight. Junior No. 72 Lily Miyazaki will start the tournament against SMU’s Ana Perez after finishing the Wolfpack Invite last weekend with a perfect 3-0 record in singles.
Freshman Serena Nash will take on Ivana Babic of North Texas in her first home match of her college career while redshirt senior Mimi Fotopoulos faces off against Wichita State’s Ting-ya Hsu to begin singles action.
The second singles flight includes juniors Christie Brigante and Simran Sethi, along with freshmen Julie Byrne and Ann Selim. Sethi posted a flawless 3-0 singles record to open the fall season at North Carolina State, en route to earning all-tournament honors.
Juniors Brooke Withrow and Malene Stripp will also compete in the singles round robin, playing four matches each during the three-day tournament.
Doubles play begins Friday at 9 a.m. CT with OU’s No. 1 duo of Miyazaki/Byrne and No. 2 Stripp/Nash in the top flight. The tandem of Miyazaki/Byrne lost only one match at the Wolfpack Invitational in their first tournament paired together. The second flight features two No. 3 combinations: Sethi/Selim and Brigante/Fotopoulos.
“The expectation is to take the momentum from last weekend at NC State and continue to grow from where we left off by playing fearless tennis and competing with energy on every court,” Cohen said.
Admission is free to the event throughout the weekend.