NORMAN, Okla. In a tough Bedlam match on Tuesday afternoon, the University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team fell to Oklahoma State, 4-3, at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman.
The Sooners, who concluded their home slate with a 5-5 home record, dropped to 9-14 overall and 3-7 in Big 12 duels with the loss.
Oklahoma State’s success came early with the Cowgirls winning the doubles point. However, OU won the first doubles match at the No. 2 position, where sophomore Christi Baxley and junior Irina Lykina defeated Iryna Tkachenko and Marta Tsvika, 8-2.
OSU came back to win at No. 1 as sophomores Gabby Baker and Chelsea Orr fell to Zana Masnic and Yawna Allen, 8-5. The Cowgirls sealed the doubles point after winning the match at No. 3, with Lauren Simmons and Zuzanna Osinska handing juniors Anne Carter and Monica Purice an 8-2 loss.
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The Sooners came out strong in singles competition, with Purice easily winning her match at No. 3 over Masnic, 6-1, 6-2. Oklahoma struggled in the next three matches and eventually dropped them to OSU in straight sets. At No. 4, Baxley was ousted by Allen, 6-2, 6-4, and Carter followed with a, 6-4, 6-1, loss to Jennifer Poskitt. The Sooners’ other loss in singles was at the No. 2 spot, where Lykina dropped a, 6-2, 6-1, decision to Simmons.
Although Simmons had already clinched the match for the Cowgirls, Oklahoma refused to give up. At No. 1, Baker defeated Tkachenko, 6-4, 6-1, to put the score at 4-2. In the last match of the evening, Orr outlasted a first-set tiebreaker and a third-set super-tiebreaker against Tsvika to put the final score of the match at 4-3.
The Sooners will compete in one final match of the regular season on Friday as they head to Lubbock to play Texas Tech. Oklahoma will then have a week off before competing in the Big 12 Championships, which are set for April 27-30 in Waco, Texas.
1. Allen/Masnic (OSU) def. Baker/Orr (OU), 8-5
2. Baxley/Lykina (OU) def. Tkachenko/Tsvika (OSU), 8-2
3. Osinska/Simmons (OSU) def. Carter/Purice (OU), 8-2
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1. Gabby Baker (OU) def. Iryna Tkachenko (OSU), 6-4, 6-1
2. Lauren Simmons (OSU) def. Irina Lykina (OU), 6-2, 6-1
3. Monica Purice (OU) def. Zana Masnic (OSU), 6-1, 6-2
4. Yawna Allen (OSU) def. Christi Baxley (OU), 6-2, 6-4
5. Chelsea Orr (OU) def. Marta Tsvika (OSU), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Jennifer Poskitt (OSU) def. Anne Carter (OU), 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 4, 6, 2, 1, 5