NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women’s tennis team defeated Kansas State, 4-3, on Saturday, March 31 at the Headington Family Tennis Center in its first home match following a four-match road trip.
The Sooners fell behind 1-0 after losing the doubles point at the start of the match. OU was defeated in all three spots, with the most exciting match coming at No. 2.
Oklahoma’s Christi Baxley and Monica Purice fell to Kansas State’s Katerina Kudlackova and Olga Klimova in a tie-breaker. The Sooner duo was behind throughout the match before tying it at 7-7. The two teams then played a tie-breaker to decide the match, since the doubles point had already been decided. After dropping seven match points, the Wildcats claimed the victory with an 8-7 (5) win over the Sooners.
In singles play, the two teams matched up evenly with the deciding matches going to three sets. The Sooners came out on top, winning four of six matches to earn the 4-3 victory.
At No. 4 singles, junior Chelsea Orr was one of the two deciding matches for the Sooners. After dropping the first set to Kudlackova 7-5, Orr answered back in the second, taking it 6-2. In a close third set, Orr took an early 3-2 lead. However, Kudlackova answered back, tying it at 4-4 and then taking a 5-4 lead. Orr overcame the deficit and forced a tie-breaker. Kudlackova took an early 5-1 lead in the extra set and Orr was unable to answer back dropping the set 7-5 in the tie-breaker.
The last player on the court, senior Irina Lykina, was the deciding match for the Sooners. At the No. 2 spot, Lykina took the first set, 7-5, in a tie-breaker before dropping the second set, 6-2, to KSU’s Fernanda Da Valle. With the team score 3-3, the pair went to a third set to decide the match and the team victory. In the final set Lykina took an early 3-2 lead and Da Valle was unable to recover. Lykina then finished the match 6-3 to claim the 4-3 team victory for the Sooners.
“It was a very tough match,” said head coach Mark Johnson. “I am proud of the way we fought. It really paid off for us. It was a good win.”
Oklahoma, now 6-9 on the season and 3-3 in Big 12 play, will return to action Friday, April 6, to take on Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. It will be the first of three road matches for the Sooners before they return to Norman on April 18 for their final home match against Kansas.
Oklahoma 4, Kansas State 3
Saturday March, 31, Norman Oklahoma
1. Monica Purice (OU) def. Viviana Yrureta (KSU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Irina Lykina (OU) def. Fernanda Da Valle (KSU) 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3
3. Tamar Kvaratskhelia (KSU) def. Christi Baxley (OU) 7-6 (5), 7-5
4. Katerina Kudlackova (KSU) def. Chelsea Orr (OU) 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (5)
5. Anne Carter (OU) def. Olga Klimova (KSU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Elena Antatkova (OU) def. Natasha Vieira (KSU) 6-1, 7-6 (2)
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 1, 3, 4, 2*
1. Da Valle/Yrureta (KSU) def. Baker/ Lykina(OU) 8-6
2. Kudlackova/ Klimova (KSU) def. Purice/ Baxley (OU) 8-7 (5)
3. Vieria/ Kvaratskhelia (KSU) def. Cox/.Orr (OU) 8-5
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2