NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team is set to host Big 12 rivals Colorado and Iowa State this weekend. The Sooners will face the Buffaloes on Friday, April 7, at 6 p.m. and the Cyclones on Sunday, April 9, at 12 p.m.
Oklahoma snapped its three-match losing streak last Wednesday when the squad defeated Tulsa, 4-3, in Norman. The Sooners then traveled North to face Kansas and Kansas State but lost both matches. The two losses dropped Oklahoma to 7-11 overall and 1-5 in Big 12 duals.
Sunday will mark Sooner Kids’ Club Day for the men’s and women’s teams. There will be an autograph session following the matches as well as other activities.
Admission is free to all home matches at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
Last Time Out
The Sooner women’s tennis team defeated Tulsa, 4-3, on Wednesday, which snapped the Sooners’ three-match losing streak. Oklahoma won the doubles point and also won three singles matches with the help of sophomore Gabby Baker, junior Monica Purice and freshman Gabriela Nastasa.
The Sooners traveled north for the weekend to face Kansas and Kansas State. OU dropped a 5-2 decision to Kansas, with Baker and sophomore Christi Baxley earning victories in singles. Against Kansas State, Oklahoma fell 6-1. Baker was the lone Sooner to win her singles match.
Oklahoma won all doubles matches against Tulsa.
Sophomore Gabby Baker’s win against Kansas State was her fourth consecutive dual victory.
The No. 46 Buffaloes (9-6, 3-4) are coming off of a 7-0 loss to Texas A&M on April 2. It marked the first shutout for Colorado since Jan. 31 when the team fell to Oregon, 7-0.
Jessica Vanderdys will likely play at No. 1 singles for Colorado. The senior is 19-9 overall and 9-6 in spring duals.
Scouting Iowa State
The Cyclones (3-9, 0-7) have struggled in recent weeks and are in the midst of a four-match losing streak with their most recent loss to Kansas.
Junior Jill Palen is set to compete at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, along with fellow junior Eve Soriano.
Colorado head coach Nicole Kenneally, a former player of head coach Mark Johnson, is one of the most successful OU players in the program’s history. A letterwinner from 1991-94, Kenneally was a three-time Big Eight champion at No. 3 singles (1991), No. 2 doubles (1992) and No. 1 singles (1994). In addition, she holds the OU record for most consecutive victories (25) and the best single season winning percentage (1.00), which she set in 1994.