April 9, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's tennis team broke a four-match losing streak after defeating Big 12 Conference challenger Missouri, 7-2, Sunday at the Campus Tennis Courts in Columbia, Mo.

In conference, OU upset the Tigers' rankings. Missouri was ranked ninth while Oklahoma was only at 11th before match time. It was the first conference triumph for the Sooners after coming off a four-match losing streak to Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Kansas State. Missouri fell to 4-13 overall and 1-9 in the Big 12.

Oklahoma was in the lead 4-2 upon completion of the singles matches and managed the sweep in doubles competition. OU junior Viviana Mracnova began by winning the No. 1 slot, defeating Marina Zelenovic, 6-2, 6-1. At No. 3, Kristin Guilford beat MU's Jelena Kocergin, 6-3, 6-2, while Oklahoma's Annette Bryntesson took the No. 4 slot from Julie Thomas, 6-4, 6-1. In a close singles competition, Joni Helleland grasped the win, 6-4, 7-6, outshining Tiger Caitlin Thompson, at the No. 6 position. Angela Stroup was taken by MU's Kristina Olshanskaya, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 2 in singles while OU's Melissa Mendieta was defeated by Elk City, Okla., native, Joni Jordan, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5.

The doubles flight was seized by the Sooners as duos Mracnova/Stroup, Guilford/Mendieta and Bryntesson/Stephanie Sajbert captured the victory for Oklahoma.

The Sooners will continue Big 12 Conference competition by hosting Iowa State and Nebraska this Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches are set to begin at 10 a.m. in Norman at the Westwood Tennis Courts.

OKLAHOMA, 7 - MISSOURI, 2
Sun., April 9, 2000
Columbia, Mo. - Campus Tennis Courts

RESULTS
SINGLES

No. 1 Viviana Mracnova (OU) def. Marina Zelenovic (MU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Kristina Olshanskaya (MU) def. Angela Stroup (OU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Kristin Guilford (OU) def. Jelena Kocergin (MU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 Annette Bryntesson (OU) def. Julie Thomas (MU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 Joni Jordan (MU) def. Melissa Mendieta (OU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Joni Helleland (OU) def. Caitlin Thompson (MU) 6-4, 7-6

DOUBLES
No. 1 Mracnova/Stroup (OU) def. Friedman/Thomas (MU) 8-1
No. 2 Guilford/Mendieta (OU) def. Thompson/Zelenovic (MU) 8-2
No. 3 Bryntesson/Sajbert (OU) def. Jordan/Olshanskaya (MU) 8-6