The Norman Transcript


April 27, 2013

Quite a show going on at the Headington Family Tennis Center



So, four matches were done and the Longhorns were up 3-1 with the Sooners having to win the last two singles matches going — the No. 1 and No. 3 matches — to force the deciding doubles point to be decided.

At No. 1, Texas Aerial Ellis, the nation’s 39th-ranked player, was up a set on OU’s Hermon Brhane, the nation’s 59th-ranked player.

At No. 3, Texas’ Elizabeth Begley, though she’d evened the match at a set apiece with OU’s Mia Lancaster, was down 3-0 in the third.

As Lancaster took control of the final set at No. 3, Brhane was fighting to force a third set with Ellis, something she eventually did, dominating a second-set tiebreaker 7-1.

Soon, Lancaster was up 5-2 in the third on the court next to Ellis and Brhane. The thinking was that match was in the bag for the Sooners.

Could Brhane finish off her rally in the No. 1 match? If so, the Red River rivalry would go the distance.

Mostly, it was friends and family in the seats, and still everybody was yelling after every point, even in the midst of an ongoing point on the other court. And nobody was yelling more than the players, also after every point.

Could Brhane finish Ellis?

Despite cramping up, she was well on her way, eventually leading the third set 5-1. Though her body was trying to quit, she was about to outlast Ellis.

Yet, one court over, Lancaster was fading. Her 5-2 lead became 5-4 and if Begley won those games honestly, Lancaster was about to do her all kinds of favors with a series of unforced errors in the next three.

In the end, down 6-5 in the third, had Lancaster forced one more deuce, the matches might have ended simultaneously. Instead, here’s what happened.

Lancaster hit one more ball into the net on match point, giving Begley a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory.

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