No. 18 Women's Tennis Hosts Two of Big 12's Best

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 24, 2011

March 24, 2011

 No. 18 Oklahoma (11-2, 3-0 Big 12)
 Friday  No. 18 Oklahoma vs. No. 49 Texas Tech at 6 p.m.
 Sunday  No. 18 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 Baylor at 1 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Headington Family Tennis Center
 Internet  Live Scoring

NORMAN, Okla. – The 18th-ranked Oklahoma women’s tennis team hosts two challenging home matches this weekend with duals against No. 49 Texas Tech on Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m., and No. 9 Baylor on Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m., at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

Oklahoma (11-2, 3-0 Big 12) and Texas Tech (12-3, 2-0) are two of just three teams in the Big 12 that are unbeaten in conference play along with Texas.  The Sooners are currently No. 1 in the league standings with a higher overall winning percentage (.862) than the Red Raiders and Longhorns.

“We have two more difficult tests this weekend but we are very happy that we get these opportunities on our home courts,” OU Head Coach David Mullins said. “It should be a great atmosphere playing alongside the men and I am looking forward to some great tennis.”

Oklahoma has beaten seven nationally-ranked opponents while its two losses were to top 20 teams, including then-ranked No. 1, and defending national champion, Stanford on the road.

Tech has won eight-straight matches and is in third-place in the Big 12 standings.  Tech’s last loss was to No. 21 Arkansas on Feb. 13.

Baylor (12-3, 2-1) defeated No. 3 Miami, 5-2, last week but lost its first Big 12 match in four years and 57 matchups to No. 53 Kansas State, 4-3, on Sunday.  The Bears are the highest-ranked Big 12 team in the national poll and are currently fourth in the Big 12 standings.

The Sooners return to Norman for the first time since Feb. 6 when OU upset then-ranked No. 14 Arkansas. 

Leading the way for the Sooners is senior Ana-Maria Constantinescu and freshmen Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie. 
Constantinescu is OU’s only nationally-ranked player, coming in at No. 95 in singles, and has played at the No. 1 singles and doubles position the entire season for OU. 

Lancaster and Ritchie have won consistently in both singles and doubles.  Lancaster holds the team’s best singles record at 11-1, while Ritchie has won seven-straight and is 9-2 overall in singles action.

Lancaster and Ritchie made their collegiate debut as a doubles pair on Feb. 27 against Ohio State.  Since then, the duo is undefeated and has won five-straight matches at the No. 2 doubles spot.

OU’s dual against Texas Tech will begin on Friday at 6 p.m., alongside the men’s tennis match against Texas.

Admission is free for all OU women’s tennis home events. 



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