Oklahoma needed late magic on Friday night and its Bedlam rival.
Junior Layne Sleeth delivered, overcoming a pair of deficits to deliver a 4-3 win over no. 12 Oklahoma State in Stillwater and clinch OU’s first outright Big 12 regular season title in program history.
Sleeth rallied from a set down to a decisive third set, where she then fell behind 4-1. But she never flinched, battling all the way back to the top Lisa Mari Rioux and keep the No. 2-ranked Sooners (23-1) in conference play in unbeaten.
Though the Cowgirls (16-4), the Sooners started off strong against the heroics late in the game, the Saviors are strong.
OU’s Ivana and Carmen Corley won their doubles match along with Sleeth and Alexandra Pisareva to clinch the first point of the match for Oklahoma.
Pisareva kept the momentum rolling by winning the first singles match of the night, topping OSU’s Sofia Rojas 6-1, 6-1.
The momentum then quickly shifted back to the favorites of the Cowgirls.
Oklahoma State’s Oona Orpana topped OU’s Dana Guzman Put on straight sets in OSU’s first point on the board, and Orpana’s teammates Ayumi Miyamoto and Mhai Sawangkaew Quickly followed suit.
With Oklahoma State now up 3-2, the Sooners had to win both singles matches to secure the win.
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Oklahoma freshman Anchisa Chanta delivered to court 3 knot the match back up.
Chanta won the second set of tiebreaker topple OSU’s Martina Zerulo, putting all the focus on Sleeth.
The Sooner junior delivered, ensuring her team would finish a perfect 7-0 on the road and head into the Big 12 Tournament as a 1-seed.
Capturing the Big 12 regular season crown was just another achievement head coach for this season Audra Cohenwho has steadily built her program into a national championship contender since arriving in Norman in 2016.
Oklahoma has one more home dual left in the regular season. OU will host number 5 A rematch on Sunday in Pepperdine, the ITA National Indoor semifinal, when the Sooners won 4-2 to advance to the championship.
Waves Against the Battle of the Sun, Oklahoma will head to Fort Worth in the Big 12 Championship from April 21-24.
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