If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere.
They’ll have to get there first, of course. Whatever, Oklahoma women’s tennis coach David Mullins and his assistant, Brook Connelly, are getting closer to New York.
Friday, the duo finished off the mixed doubles draw of the USTA Missouri Valley U.S. Open Playoff at Westwood Tennis Center.
Mullins and Connelly disposed of Trevor Horstmann and Yawna Allen 6-2, 6-1 in the mixed doubles championship match, their fourth consecutive straight-set victory.
The Sooner mentors will now move on to the U.S. Open National Playoffs Aug. 24-27 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., where they’ll be placed in a draw featuring 15 other sectional champion tandems.
The winner of that draw will receive a direct entry into the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 29 at the USTA Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
Mullins and Connelly weren’t the only winners at Westwood Friday.
Jackson Withrow, who plays college tennis at Texas A&M, won the men’s draw, keeping his U.S. Open dreams alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Chris Haworth, a May graduate of Putnam City North and three-time Class 6A state champion.
In the women’s draw, it was Ashley Murdock, who played college tennis at LSU and Memphis, coming back to top Whitney Wofford 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.