Sooners Fall On the Road to No. 8 Oklahoma State

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Ann Marcelli
By Ann Marcelli
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APRIL 14, 2017
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STILLWATER, Okla.  The No. 34 Oklahoma women’s tennis team fell to No. 8 Oklahoma State, 4-0, in Friday night’s Bedlam matchup.

The Sooners (11-7, 2-5 Big 12) gave up the doubles point to Oklahoma State (18-4, 6-1 Big 12) to open the match.

On court two, Lily Miyazaki and Christie Brigante were defeated by No. 3 Sofia Blanco and Aliona Bolsova, 6-2. Ann Selim and Simran Sethi fell to No. 54 Viktoriya Lushkova and Katarina Adamovic, 6-1, on court three.

In singles, OSU extended its ead to 2-0 as OU's Stripp was defeated by No. 64 Babic, 6-0, 6-4. Freshman Julie Byrne fell to No. 57 Bolsova, 7-5, 6-2. 

The Cowgirls clinched the match as OU's Mimi Fotopoulos was downed by No. 61 Adamovic, 6-1, 6-1, on court two.

When play was halted, No. 29 Miyazaki was up and a set and leading No. 6 Lushkova, 4-2, in the second frame. At the No. 5 line, Selim trailed No. 101 Tur Mari, 2-1, in the second set after coming out on top of a thriller opening stanza. Selim came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the set at 5-5, then pulled ahead for the win.

Brigante was a game away from clinching her match in straight sets on court four, leading OU's Katarina Stresnakova, 6-4, 5-2, when play was abandoned. 

"We take a lot of positive lessons away from this match," said head coach Audra Cohen. "We have had different players step up each week, which is good. We are not relying on certain positions, however, we are learning that beating top ten teams requires everyone stepping up at the same time. We've shown we have the level to do that at every spot, and now we have to be accountable to that level."

The Sooners will hit the road for the final time during the regular season next weekend to take on Iowa State Friday at 3 p.m. CT in Ames. OU will wrap up the regular season at West Virginia next Sunday at noon.

For updates, follow @OU_WTennis on Twitter.

Singles results
1. #6 Viktoriya Lushkova (OKST) vs. #29 Lily Miyazaki (OU) 2-6, 2-4, unfinished
2. #61 Katarina Adamovic (OKST) def. Mimi Fotopoulos (OU) 6-1, 6-1
3. #57 Aliona Bolsova (OKST) def. Julie Byrne (OU) 7-5, 6-2
4. #64 Vladica Babic (OKST) def. Malene Stripp (OU) 6-0, 6-4
5. #101 Carla Tur Mari (OKST) vs. Ann Selim (OU) 5-7, 2-1, unfinished
6. Katarina Stresnakova (OKST) vs. Christiana Brigante (OU) 4-6, 2-5, unfinished 

Doubles results
1. #9 Vladica Babic/Carla Tur Mari (OKST) vs. #80 Julie Byrne/Malene Stripp (OU) 5-2, unfinished 
2. #33 Sofia Blanco/Aliona Bolsova (OKST) def. Lily Miyazaki/Christiana Brigante (OU) 6-2
3. #54 Katarina Adamovic/Viktoriya Lushkova (OKST) def. Ann Selim/Simran Sethi (OU) 6-1 

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

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