Tennis Blanked by No. 18 Sooners


By Jonathan Hevron for WVUsports.com
April 04, 2014 09:16 PM
Junior Ikttesh Chahal started her singles match strong, but could not continue her momentum into the second set, as the Mountaineers fell to No. 18 Oklahoma. 
 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University tennis team dropped its first of two matches in Oklahoma this weekend, falling to the No. 18 Sooners, 7-0.
 
The Mountaineers (3-15, 0-7 Big 12) fell behind after doubles play, dropping all three bouts. At No. 1 doubles, the freshmen tandem of Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole was down 8-1 by the No. 64-ranked pair of Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie. Morgan Chumney and Whitney Wofford sealed the doubles point for Oklahoma with an 8-3 victory against sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal.
 
In singles, WVU fell behind in the team scoring 2-0 after sophomore Irinka Toidze was defeated in straight sets by Emma Devine, 6-0, 6-1. The match was clinched at the conclusion of the No. 2 singles match, with No. 116 Ritchie downing Mrgole, 6-2, 6-1. At No. 4 singles, Chahal won four games in the first set, but could not continue the momentum into the second, falling 6-4, 6-0.
 
The Mountaineers travel to Stillwater, Okla., tomorrow, April 5, to battle the No.22-ranked Cowgirls of Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. EST.
 
Match-by-Match
Doubles
No. 1: Lancaster/Ritchie (OU) def. Mrgole/Manole (WVU), 8-1
No. 2: Chumney/Wofford (OU) def. Barrett/Chahal (WVU), 8-3
No. 3: Engbroks/Brhane (OU) def. Toidze/Tsui (WVU), 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
 
Singles
No. 1: Hermon Brhane (OU) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 2: Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Kaja Mrgole (WVU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 3: Morgan Chumney (OU) def. Oana Manole (WVU), 6-3, 6-0
No. 4: Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-4, 6-0
No. 5: Emma Devine (OU) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 6: Zita Engbroks (OU) def. Vivian Tsui (WVU), 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 2*, 1, 4, 6
 
WVU: 0 , No. 18 Oklahoma: 7



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