W. Tennis: OU Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll

The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team was selected fourth in the Big 12 Preseason Poll, announced Thursday by the conference office.

The poll was conducted for the league’s coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

“The Big 12 is by far the strongest it has ever been with potentially seven to eight teams capable of making the NCAA Tournament,” OU head coach David Mullins said. “I believe there are six teams that could win the Big 12 this year and I am thrilled that we are one of those teams in the mix.”

Oklahoma (9-1) currently holds the program’s best-ever ITA ranking of No. 16.

“I am really happy for this team, especially the seniors, to have been able to make program history. They will leave OU knowing that hard work and a tremendous amount of dedication does pay off, and I hope they will continue to apply those lessons as they move into the next phase of their lives.”

Baylor was selected to claim the league title in 2014. The Lady Bears received nine first place votes to secure the top spot over Texas, which tallied one first-place nod.

Texas Tech came in third with 64 points and OU followed just behind at 59 points. Bedlam rival Oklahoma State rounded out the top five with 49 points.

The team is led by returning All-Americans Whitney Ritchie and Hermon Brhane. Ritchie is currently 10-0 in singles play with a 3-0 mark at the No. 1 spot and a 7-0 mark at No.2. Brhane is currently No. 98 in the ITA singes rankings with an overall record of 7-2. Ritchie and doubles partner senior Mia Lancaster are No. 51 in the ITA doubles rankings.

Next, the Sooners play a non-conference Bedlam matchup on March 9 against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The first conference match will be March 21 against Texas Tech at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

“We are at the half way point in the regular season, having played 10 matches with 11 to go. We will have some even tougher challenges ahead but the way we have started this season just adds to our confidence and belief that we are capable of beating any team on any given day.”

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Rank   School   Points   
1.Baylor (9)       81
2.Texas (1)71
3.Texas Tech64
5.Oklahoma State  49
T-7.Kansas State29
9.Iowa State19
10.West Virginia17
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