Sooners Fall to Baylor in Big 12 Quarterfinals

Ann Marcelli
By Ann Marcelli
Student Assistant

NORMAN – The No. 43 Oklahoma women's tennis team was eliminated by No. 15 Baylor in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship. The Bears defeated the Sooners, 4-0, Friday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

“Against some of the better teams, sometimes it doesn't come down to tennis,” said head coach Audra Cohen. “It comes down toughness and believing in what you bring to the table that day. I feel like that's where we made a lot of progress this year and that's where we need to continue to make progress.”

The Sooners gave up the doubles point to open the match. Juniors Christie Brigante and Lily Miyazaki made quick work of Baylor's Jessica Hinojosa and Angie Shakhraichuk, winning, 6-1, from the No. 2 line, before Ann Selim and Simran Sethi fell to Elizabeth Profit and Theresea Van Zyl, 6-2, on court three.

The opening point came down to court one, where the Bears' No. 34 Blair Shankle and Karina Traxler defeated No. 76 Julie Byrne and Malene Stripp, 6-3, to take the 1-0 lead.

Oklahoma put up a fight in singles action, but fell short.

On court three, Byrne was defeated by No. 114 Rhiann Newborn, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 33 Miyazaki fell to No. 5 Shankle, 6-1, 6-3. Stripp fell to Shakhraichuk, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, on court four to end the match.

When play was halted, Brigante was locked in a deciding set on court six. Brigante

Fotopoulos was just getting started on her second frame after outlasting Profit in a marathon first set, winning 7-6 (12-10) from the No. 2 line.

Selim trailed 1-0 in the third set after winning the first frame, 6-3, before Van Zyl took the second.

Singles results
1. #5 Blair Shankle (BU) def. #33 Lily Miyazaki (OU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Elizabeth Profit (BU) vs. Mimi Fotopoulos (OU) 6-7 (10-12), 2-0, unfinished
3. #114 Rhiann Newborn (BU) def. Julie Byrne (OU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Angie Shakhraichuk (BU) def. Malene Stripp (OU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Theresa Van Zyl (BU) vs. Ann Selim (OU) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0, unfinished
6. Jessica Hinojosa (BU) vs. Christiana Brigante (OU) 6-2, 3-6, 3-3, unfinished

Doubles results
1. #34 Blair Shankle/Karina Traxler (BU) def. #76 Julie Byrne/Malene Stripp (OU) 6-3
2. Christiana Brigante/Lily Miyazaki (OU) def. Jessica Hinojosa/Angie Shakhraichuk (BU) 6-1
3. Theresa Van Zyl/Rhiann Newborn (BU) def. Ann Selim/Simran Sethi (OU) 6-2

Order of finish:  Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,4)