No. 19 OU Faces No. 29 Nebraska in Lincoln

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

 No. 19 Oklahoma (9-2, 1-0 Big 12)
 Matchup  No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 29 Nebraska
 Details  Friday, March 18 at 2 p.m.
 Location  Lincoln, Neb. | Nebraska Tennis Center
 Internet  Live Coverage

NORMAN, Okla. – The 19th-ranked Oklahoma women’s tennis team heads to Lincoln, Neb., to face No. 29 Nebraska on Friday, March 18 at 2 p.m., at the Nebraska Tennis Center.

Oklahoma (9-2, 1-0 Big 12) enter Friday’s match following a 7-0 shutout of Colorado last Sunday.  The Sooners are currently the second-highest ranked Big 12 team behind No. 10 Baylor.

OU has beaten six nationally-ranked opponents, while its two losses were to top 20 teams, including then-No. 1 ranked, and defending national champion, Stanford.

"We are looking forward to our last conference dual match with Nebraska before they move to the Big 10,” OU Head Coach David Mullins said. “They have a lot of depth and are having another outstanding year.

Nebraska (12-1) currently holds an 11-game winning streak, with the Huskers only loss this season coming on Jan. 30 to then-ranked No. 20 Northwestern.

“We know that it is a very important match for us,” Mullins added. “We will have to sustain a high level of play throughout the dual match in order to come away with another victory."

Leading the way for the Sooners is senior Ana-Maria Constantinescu.  Constantinescu is ranked No. 95 nationally in singles and has played at the No. 1 spot in both double and singles in 10 of OU’s 11 matches.

Freshmen Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie are leading the team in singles records.  Lancaster is 9-1 with her only loss coming during the Stanford match, while Ritchie is 7-2 and has won six-straight singles matches.

Lancaster and Ritchie are also undefeated in doubles as a pair after debuting against Ohio State on Feb. 27.  The duo has won all three doubles matches since at the No. 2 position.

After the dual with Nebraska, the Sooners will head to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m.

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