March 13, 2009
BOULDER, Colo.—The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team lost a tough road battle against No. 61 Colorado Friday, falling to the Buffs, 4-3.
No. 64 Oklahoma (6-6, 0-2 Big 12) gained an early 1-0 lead, winning all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. OU freshmen, Peta Maree Lancaster and Kristina Radan, claimed the first doubles win after defeating Colorado’s Abbie Probert and Michala Hedelund Jensen, 8-4. Freshman Marie-Pier Huet and sophomore Tara Eckel clinched the doubles point for OU, defeating Franziska Jendrian and Ani Anuszkiewicz of Colorado, 8-6.
Colorado (5-5, 1-0 Big 12) rallied in singles action, claiming four of the six matches to win the dual. Oklahoma won two singles matches to keep the dual close at 4-3. Sophomore standout Ana-Maria Constantinescu continued her success at the No. 1 singles spot, defeating Camila Belassi of Colorado, 6-1, 6-3. Constantinescu holds a 9-1 singles record on the season. Freshman Marie-Pier Huet improved her singles record to 9-3 on the season, defeating Anuszkiewicz, 6-4, 6-3.
“This was a really disappointing loss tonight,” OU head coach David Mullins said. “There were some uneven matchups on both sides, but at the end of the day Colorado wanted it a little more. They deserved the win.”
Friday’s match against the Buffs was OU’s sixth match against a ranked opponent and ninth road match of the season. The Colorado match was the first of a four-match road series for the Sooners. OU heads to Las Vegas, Nev., on March 17 to face UNLV.
No. 61 Colorado 4, No. 64 Oklahoma 3
1. Kalashnikova/Constantinescu (OU) def. Belassi/Esposito (CU) 8-6
2. Huet/Eckel (OU) def. Jendrian/anuszkiewicz (CU) 8-6
3. Lancaster/Radan (OU) def. Probert/Hedelund Jensen (CU) 8-4
Order of finish: 3,2,1
1. Ana-Maria Constantinescu (OU) def. Camila Belassi (CU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Melisa Esposito (CU) def. Maria Kalashnikova (OU) 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3
3. Abbie Probert (CU) def. Kristina Radan (OU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Franziska Jendrian (CU) def. Peta Maree Lancaster (OU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Marie-Pier Huet (OU) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Michala Hedelund Jensen (CU) def. Tara Eckel (OU) 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: 3,1,4,2,5,6*