Womens Tennis to Host Arkansas, Nebraska

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 11, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team will host regional foes Arkansas and Nebraska this week in Norman. The Sooners will face Arkansas on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Nebraska on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Oklahoma split a pair of matches last week against Colorado and Iowa State. The Sooners dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Colorado on Friday but rebounded with a shut out of Iowa State on Sunday.

In the all-time series against Arkansas, the Lady Razorbacks have a 10-6 advantage over the Sooners. OU has a commanding lead over the Huskers, however, with a 21-8 all-time mark.

The men’s tennis team will also be playing Arkansas at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Admission is free to both matches.

Last Time Out
The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to Colorado in a closely fought match on Friday night. Due to concerns over inclement weather, the match was moved to the Willow Creek Indoor Facility in Oklahoma City. Because the facility only had three courts, the match lasted over six hours.

However, the team bounced back and picked up its second Big 12 win of the year after downing Iowa State, 7-0, on Sunday at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman. The Sooners now sit at 8-12 overall and 2-6 in conference duals.

Postmatch Notes
  Oklahoma won the doubles point against Colorado with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Sophomores Gabby Baker and Chelsea Orr won at No. 1, while juniors Anne Carter and Monica Purice followed with a victory at No. 3.
  Baker picked up wins against Colorado and Iowa State to extend her winning streak to six matches.
  Sophomore Christi Baxley clinched the match against Iowa State by defeating Chrissy Derouin, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot.
  The Sooners picked up their fifth shut out of the year against Iowa State.

Scouting Arkansas
No. 43 Arkansas upset Alabama, 4-3, in their latest match to put the Lady Razorbacks at 5-5 in the SEC and in a tie for first place in the SEC Western Division. The win extended their winning streak to five matches in conference play, and the squad is 9-8 overall this season.

Arkansas is led by freshman standout Aurelija Miseviciute, who is slated to play at No. 1 singles. Miseviciute, who is currently ranked 31st in the nation, is fifth among the nation’s freshmen with a 28-4 overall record and a 14-3 mark this spring.

Scouting Nebraska
The Huskers have moved up seven spots in the national rankings with two straight victories over Texas A&M and Kansas. Nebraska now sits at No. 42 in the polls with a 13-6 overall record and a 4-3 mark in Big 12 duals.

Freshman Kim Hartmann is set to compete at No. 1 singles, while senior Ewelina Skaza and sophomore Imke Reimers are slated to play No. 1 doubles.



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