No. 18 Sooners Open Big 12 Play Sunday

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 12, 2011

March 12, 2011

 No. 18 Oklahoma (8-2)
 Matchup  No. 18 Oklahoma at Colorado
 Details  Sunday, March 13 at Noon
 Location  Boulder, Colo. | CU Tennis Complex
 Internet  Live Coverage

NORMAN, Okla. – The 18th-ranked Oklahoma women’s tennis team opens Big 12 play Sunday as the Sooners face Colorado in Boulder, Colo., at noon.

Oklahoma (8-2) moved up the No. 18 spot in the latest ITA top 75 national rankings.  The 18-mark ties the program’s third-highest ranking in history.

“We are all looking forward to our spring break trip to Boulder,” OU Head Coach David Mullins said. “The girls have been very busy these past few weeks with midterms, travel and competition. It will be a good opportunity for us to regroup and kick off our Big 12 schedule.”

The Sooners have defeated six nationally ranked opponents, while both of their losses were to then-top 20 teams, including then-ranked No. 1 Stanford the defending national champion.

“It is always a challenge playing in some difficult conditions in Boulder but we have a lot of time to adjust and will be ready to play come Sunday,” Mullins added.

OU is currently the second-highest ranked team in the Big 12, behind ninth-ranked Baylor.

The Sooners have three individuals ranked nationally as well.  Senior Ana-Maria Constantinescu and freshman Alice Radu are ranked No. 62 in doubles, while Constantinescu is No. 79 in singles along with freshman Whitney Ritchie who is No. 124 nationally in singles.

Ritchie and fellow freshman Mia Lancaster hold the team’s best records in singles play.  Lancaster is 8-1 overall and 7-0 at the No. 6 position.  Ritchie is 6-2 overall and has won five-straight singles matches.

OU has won the doubles point in eight of its 10 matches this season.  Two Sooner duos have just two losses (Ritchie and Maria Kalashnikova are 6-2, Tara Eckel and Marie-Pier Huet are 5-2) while Ritchie and Lancaster played their first collegiate match together at the Blue Gray Tournament and are currently 2-0.

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