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Women's Tennis Travels to Utah for ITA Central Regional
October 18, 2005

NORMAN, Okla.   Five members of the Oklahoma women’s tennis team will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the ITA Central Regional Oct. 19-23. The University of Utah will host the tournament at the Eccles Tennis Center.

Sophomore Chelsea Orr and juniors Gabby Baker and Monica Purice will be competing for Oklahoma in the singles qualifying competition. Two Sooners, sophomore Christi Baxley and junior Irina Lykina, have been chosen to compete in the main draw. The teams of Baker and Orr and Baxley and Lykina will compete in doubles action.

Singles qualifying rounds begin Wednesday, and main draw singles and doubles will take place Thursday and Friday. All quarterfinals and semifinals will be played Saturday, with championship rounds scheduled for Sunday.

“We’re really looking forward to to this competition,” said head coach Mark Johnson. “Two of our players will be competing for the first time in the fall. This will also be Gabby Baker’s first tournament in about a year due to her injury, so I’m anxious to see how she plays.”

In last year’s tournament, Baker was the most successful player on the squad. As the last Sooner left in main draw singles action, Baker advanced to quarterfinal play but was defeated by third-ranked Gitte Osterman of Nebraska.

More than 120 participants from 29 universities across the region will be competing in the tournament. Participating Big 12 schools include Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

For tournament results, visit http://utahutes.collegesports.com.

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