No. 22 Sooners Lose to No. 25 Texas, 5-2

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 10, 2011

April 10, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas – The 22nd-ranked Oklahoma women’s tennis team lost to No. 25 Texas in Austin Sunday, 5-2.

Oklahoma (14-5, 6-2) dropped just its second Big 12 match of the season to the Longhorns, despite winning its 16th doubles point of the season.

Ana-Maria Constantinescu and Alice Radu, ranked No. 66 nationally, lost at the No. 1 doubles spot to Texas’ 48th-ranked Amanda Craddock and Cierra Gaytan-Leach, 8-3, but OU’s Tara Eckel and Marie Pier-Huet defeated Texas’ Juliana Gajic and Maggie Mello at the No. 3 spot, 8-4.

Freshmen Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie clinched the doubles point win for the Sooners after defeating Krista Damico and Aeriel Ellis of UT in the tiebreaker at the No. 2 position, 9-8 (5).

Texas rallied to win five of the six singles matches to clinch the upset over the Sooners.

OU’s only singles point came at the No. 4 position.  Huet led UT’s Craddock, 1-6, 7-5, 4-0, after losing the first set but Craddock retired to give OU the point.

The Sooners forced two matches into third sets, but couldn’t hold on for the win.

Radu lost to UT’s 21st-ranked Aeriel Ellis after winning the second set, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, while Lancaster lost in the super tiebreaker to Texas’ Gajic, 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (7).

OU hosts its final two home matches next weekend as the Sooners face Kansas State on Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m., and Kansas on Sunday, April 17 at noon.

No. 25 Texas 5, No. 22 Oklahoma 2
Doubles
1. No. 48 Craddock/Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. No. 66 Constantinescu/Radu (OU), 8-3
2. Lancaster/Ritchie (OU) def. Damico/Ellis (UT), 9-8 (5)
3. Eckel/Huet (OU) def. Gajic/Mello (UT),8-4
Order of Finish:  1, 3, 2

Singles
1. Krista Damico (UT) def. No. 102 Ana-Maria Constantinescu (OU), 6-4, 6-4
2. No. 21 Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. Alice Radu (OU), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
3. Maggie Mello (UT) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU), 7-5, 2-1, ret.
4. Marie-Pier Huet (OU) def. Amanda Craddock (UT), 1-6, 7-5, 4-0, ret.
5. Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Mia Lancaster (OU), 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)
6. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Maria Kalashnikova (OU), 6-0, 6-3
Order of Finish:  3, 6, 1, 2, 4, 5

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