Sooners Lose to St. Mary's, 4-3

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 27, 2012

Jan. 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES – The 25th-ranked Oklahoma women’s tennis team lost its first match of the season Friday to St. Mary’s, 4-3, on opening day of the 2012 ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the UCLA Tennis Center.

Oklahoma (3-1) fell behind early after losing its first doubles point of the season but tied the match 3-3 with only the No. 4 matchup remaining.

OU freshman Abbi Melrose won the first set at the No. 4 spot, 7-5, against St. Mary’s 116th-ranked Jade Frampton but eventually lost in the tiebreaker set, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(4).

“The girls fought hard today but our inexperience really showed through in doubles and a couple spots in singles,” OU head coach David Mullins said. “We are going to have a lot of matches like this one over the next few months and hopefully we learned some lessons today that we can apply later in the season.”

The Sooners will play fourth-seeded Utah Saturday for the consolation match beginning at 8 p.m. (CT) at the UCLA Tennis Center.

No. 41 St. Mary's 4, No. 25 Oklahoma 3
1. No. 22 Huet/Ritchie (OU) def. Jade Frampton/Jenny Jullien (SM) 8-5
2. Isip/Elizabeth Searl (SM) def. LongWofford (OU) 8-3
3. Leduc/Lindlar (SM) def. M. Lancaster/Melrose (OU) 7-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Marie-Pier Huet (OU) def. #82 Catherine Isip (SM) 6-0, 7-5
2. No. 68 Jenny Jullien (SM) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Anna Chkhikvishvili (SM) 6-4, 6-2
4. No. 116 Jade Frampton (SM) def. Abbi Melrose (OU) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Catherine Leduc (SM) def. Nicole Long (OU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Whitney Wofford (OU) def. Carla Lindlar (SM) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,5,2,1,6,4



Sooner Sports Properties, LLC, is the multimedia rights holder for athletics at the University of Oklahoma.
Sooner Sports Properties is a joint venture of Learfield Communications and Tyler Media, LLC.


Sooner Sports Powered by FOX Sports is a multi-platform network that provides distribution of 1,000+ hours of Sooner sports programming annually on a variety of FOX Sports outlets, including FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Southwest, and FOX College Sports.