OKLAHOMA CITY — The No. 11 Central Oklahoma Bronchos won the doubles point and then took three of the first four completed singles matches to beat University of Nebraska at Kearney, 4-1, in an MIAA Tournament dual Friday morning in Oklahoma City.
The Bronchos got out to a 1-0 lead as their No. 3 and 3 won by identical 6-2 scores. Sophomore Zhanel Turarbek and freshman Vasilisa Polunova were battling eighth-ranked Isabella Dunlap and Paola Landin in the top spot, trailing by a 4-3 score, but the match went unfinished.
Freshman Nikki Boyar (No. 5) and Belgium junior Sarah Van Eeckhoudt (No. 6) won their singles matches in straight sets to make it 3-0 on the scoreboard. UNK freshman Fidan Ibrahimova won her fifth consecutive singles match, a 6-3, 6-4 decision over regionally-ranked senior Kirtana Bhat, at No. 4 to cut the deficit to 2.
UCO ended any chance of a Loper comeback when 67th-ranked Landin won in straight sets at No. 3 to tally the clinching point.