Sooners Fall to Baylor in Big 12 Opener

Ann Marcelli
By Ann Marcelli
Student Assistant
MARCH 10, 2017

NORMAN The No. 47 Oklahoma women’s tennis team fell to No. 10 Baylor, 4-0, in its conference opener Friday night at the Headington Family Tennis Center. 

The loss snapped OU's five-match winning streak. 

“Today was tough. We didn’t play our best on every court in doubles and I think that kind of set the tone. We just didn’t have the tools or the variety to win at a few spots in singles – we got exploited in terms of our ability to play both offense and defense,” said head coach Audra Cohen.

With the loss, the Sooners move to 8-3  and 0-1 in the Big 12, while Baylor, improves to 11-4 and 1-0 in league play. 

The Sooners dropped the doubles point to open the match. At No. 2, Lily Miyazaki and Simran Sethi fell to Angie Shakraichuk and Jessica Hinojosa, 6-2. In their first match as a pair, Christiana Brigante and Ann Selim fell to Rhiann Newborn and Theresa Van Zyl, 6-2, to give the Lady Bears the doubles point.  

When play was halted, Julie Byrne and Malene Stripp trailed No. 22 Blair Shankle and Elizabeth Profit, 5-4.

Selim suffered her second loss of the season when she was defeated by Shakhraichuk, 6-3, 6-1 on court five. Baylor extended its lead to 3-0 as OU's Stripp fell to Profit, 6-2, 6-4, on court three.

In a battle of top-25 players on court one, No. 22 Miyazaki was defeated by No. 11 Shankle, 6-2, 7-5, ending her six-match winning streak. In the second frame, Miyazaki trailed early, but aced a serve to close the gap to one game, then broke a critical point to tie the set at 5-all before Shankle pulled away.

When play was halted, redshirt senior Mimi Fotopoulos was down 3-2 in the second frame after dropping her first set to No. 110 Newborn on court two. At No. 6, Brigante trailed Hinojosa 4-2 in the second set after she fell in a first-set tiebreaker. 

Byrne was down 2-0 to Van Zyl in the third set when play was stopped. Byrne was the only Sooner to win a frame, taking her first 6-3 before Van Zyl won the second 6-2 to force the deciding set.

The Sooners will be on the road for their next two matches as they visit Old Dominion Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. CT, followed by VCU Wednesday at 1 p.m. CT.

Live stats will be available for both matches.

For updates, follow @OU_WTennis on Twitter.

Singles results

1. #11 Blair Shankle (BU) def. #22 Lily Miyazaki (OU) 6-2, 7-5

2. Mimi Fotopoulos (OU) vs. #110 Rhiann Newborn (BU) 4-6, 2-3, unfinished

3. Elizabeth Profit (BU) def. Malene Stripp (OU) 6-2, 6-4

4. Julie Byrne (OU) vs. Theresa Van Zyl (BU) 6-3, 2-6, 0-2, unfinished

5. Angie Shakhraichuk (BU) def. Ann Selim (OU) 6-3, 6-1

6. Christiana Brigante (OU) vs. Jessica Hinojosa (BU) 6-7 (1-7), 2-4, unfinished

Doubles results
1. Malene Stripp/Julie Byrne (OU) vs. #22 Elizabeth Profit/Blair Shankle (BU) 4-5, unfinished
2. Angie Shakhraichuk/Jessica Hinojosa (BU) def. Lily Miyazaki/Simran Sethi (OU) 6-2

3. Rhiann Newborn/Theresa Van Zyl (BU) def. Christiana Brigante/Ann Selim (OU) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,3,1)



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