Women's Tennis to Face TCU, BYU

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 07, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team will travel to Ft. Worth, Texas, on Wednesday to face TCU at 2 p.m. and return home to face BYU on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman.

Oklahoma will face tough competition as both teams are ranked in the top 30 in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings. TCU (5-3) holds the No. 26 spot, while BYU (8-4) stands at No. 22. The Sooners are coming off a 7-0 loss to UNLV, which dropped them to 4-4 overall and out of the rankings.

Admission is free to the home match against BYU on Friday. After their home contest, the Sooners will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, for two matches against Hawaii and Hawaii-Pacific on Wednesday, March 15.

Last Time Out
The Sooner women’s tennis team fell 7-0 to UNLV on Saturday at the Darling Memorial Tennis Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Oklahoma dropped tough matches in doubles at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. At the No. 1 spot, sophomore Gabby Baker and junior Irina Lykina lost a closely fought match, 9-8, to Elena Gantcheva and Nikol Dimitrova. At the No. 2 slot, sophomore Chelsea Orr and junior Monica Purice fell to Sharon Marin and Claire Smith, 9-7.

In singles, Oklahoma lost in straight sets in three of the six matches.  At the No. 3 position, Purice won the first set against Marin, 6-4, but fell in the second and third sets, 6-0, 1-0 (6). Orr and freshman Gabriela Nastasa also took their first sets at No. 5 and No. 6 singles but dropped their matches with losses in the second and third sets.

Scouting TCU
TCU moved up to No. 26 in the latest polls after knocking off No. 39 Fresno State, 5-2, on Sunday. The Frogs are 5-3 overall, with their three losses to Harvard, North Carolina and Baylor.

TCU owns a 15-11 all-time series record against Oklahoma. The last meeting between the two teams was in Norman on March 25, 2005, when the Sooners dropped a 5-2 decision to the Frogs.

Scouting BYU
The Cougars are 8-4 overall in spring matches after having defeated Portland, 7-0, their last time out. BYU is led by senior Olga Boulytcheva, who is ranked No. 17 in singles and has tallied an impressive 11-1 record in dual matches this spring.

Friday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Sooners and Cougars.

Johnson Enters 18th Year at Oklahoma
After 17 years as the head women’s tennis coach at the University of Oklahoma, Mark Johnson has accumulated 276 victories and has coached 23 conference champions, four NCAA singles qualifiers and five pairs of NCAA doubles qualifiers.  In addition, the five time Coach of the Year has also led eight consecutive teams to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic honors.



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