Women's Tennis To Begin Big 12 Play

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 12, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team is set to open Big 12 competition Monday at 3 p.m. as the Sooners face Missouri in Columbia.

Oklahoma is off to a 1-1 start in the spring season. Sophomore Gabby Baker will lead the Sooners at the No. 1 singles spot. Also competing for the Sooners will be juniors Anne Carter, Irina Lykina and Monica Purice, sophomores Christi Baxley, Chelsea Orr and freshman Brittany Baldy.

Missouri also comes into the match with a 1-1 mark. The Tigers’ are lead by Hana Kraftova, who is 2-0 at the No. 1 singles position.

In their 22 meetings, Oklahoma has dropped only one match to Missouri. The Sooners’ only loss came in 2001 when the Tigers notched a 6-1 win.

Results from the match will be available on www.SoonerSports.com.

Sooners Go 1-1 in Minneapolis
The Sooners competed in two matches on Jan. 28 and 29 as part of the Minnesota Court Classic in Minneapolis. Oklahoma fell 7-0 to No. 11 North Carolina but bounced back to defeat Minnesota, 4-3, the next day.

Baker Ranked in Initial ITA Poll
Despite playing in only one tournament in the fall, sophomore Gabby Baker appeared at No. 73 in the intial Fila Collegiate Tennis rankings, released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Baker, who missed the entire 2005 spring season due to an ACL injury, advanced to the round of 16 at the Wilson ITA Central Regional Tournament in October.

Sooners Welcome Newcomers
The women’s tennis team adds three freshmen and one transfer player to the 2005-06 squad. Below is information about the class:

Brittany Baldy (Fr.): Attended Bishop McGuinness High School in Edmond, Okla. ... state champion at No. 1 doubles as a freshman ... won state championships at No. 1 doubles as a sophomore, junior and senior ... tallied an 83-4 career record.

Gabriela Nastasa (Fr): Hails from Braila, Romania.

Monica Purice (Jr.): Native of Brasov, Transylvania, where she attended the University of Transylvania.

Kate Robinson (Fr.): Went undefeated in district singles play as a freshman and as a sophomore ... ranked No. 39 in Texas in 18-year-old division.

Johnson Enters 18th Year at Oklahoma
After 17 years as the head women’s tennis coach at the University of Oklahoma, Mark Johnson has accumulated 276 victories and has coached 23 conference champions, four NCAA singles qualifiers and five pairs of NCAA doubles qualifiers.  In addition, the five time Coach of the Year has also led eight consecutive teams to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic honors.



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