Jan. 5, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's tennis squad was ranked No. 39 in the ITA national team preseason rankings released Tuesday.
"It is hard to believe that this time last year we were not even ranked in the top 75," OU head coach David Mullins said. "Our preseason ranking shows how far we have come in a short time. It is nice that we received the recognition from coaches around the country."
This is the first time under Mullins that the Sooners are ranked in the ITA top 75 to start the season. The ranking is the third-highest preseason ranking in program history. OU entered the 2005 season ranked No. 26 and started the 2004 season ranked No. 35.
"We know that preseason rankings mean very little once the season gets started," Mullins said. "It is a good starting point for us but we hope to continue moving in the right direction in the next few months."
OU duo, Ana-Maria Constantinescu and Alice Radu, were ranked No. 31 in doubles in the preseason poll. Constantinescu and Radu won the 2010 Central Region double championship on Oct. 25 in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Sooner pair went 5-1 during the fall tournament season, including an 8-4 win over 58th-ranked Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in the round of 16 at the ITA National Indoor Championships. Constantinescu and Radu's only loss was to first-ranked Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova of Cal, the OU duo fell 9-7.
OU opens its spring season against Wichita State on Jan. 23 at 5 p.m., at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion in Norman.