Womens Tennis to Face Regional Opponents

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 28, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team (6-9, 1-3) will host regional opponent Tulsa on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Norman. The Sooners will then travel north to face regional foes Kansas on April 1 at 11 a.m. and Kansas State on April 2 at 12 p.m.

Oklahoma competed against Big 12 opponents Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M last week. The Sooners dropped all three matches by a 6-1 decision.

Entering this week, OU is 1-1 this season against regional opponents. The Sooners defeated Missouri, 4-3, on Feb. 13 but fell to BYU, 5-2, on March 10.

The Sooners hold an impressive 22-3 all-time series record over the Golden Hurricane and also have a 19-9 advantage over the Wildcats. Kansas has the upper hand against Oklahoma with a 17-13 mark.

The match against Tulsa on Wednesday will be held at the Headington Family Tennis Center. Admission is free to all home matches.

Last Time Out
The Sooner women’s tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to Texas A&M on Sunday at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman. With the loss, OU fell to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

The Sooners were defeated at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles but were able to take the match at No. 3 despite having already lost the doubles point. Sophomore Gabby Baker and freshman Gabriela Nastasa, who teamed up for the first time this season, defeated Anna Blagodarova and Seva Iwinski, 8-4.

In singles, Baker triumphed at the No. 1 position and was not only the lone Sooner to win her match but also knocked off Anna Lubinsky, who is ranked No. 47 in the country. Baker won the first set, 6-3, yet Lubinsky pushed the match into a third set with a 7-5 win in the second set. After a long battle, Baker won the tiebreaker, 1-0 (6), and emerged with the victory.

Scouting Tulsa
Tulsa has lost four straight matches to Harvard, Boston College, Rice and Houston to put the Golden Hurricane at 9-8 overall this season.

Santie Delport leads the team with a 20-4 mark and is 5-2 in dual matches. The junior has played at both No. 1 and No. 2 singles, with a perfect 3-0 record at No. 1 and a 15-2 mark at No. 2. Delport, along with Thalia Diaz-Barriga, are scheduled to play at No. 1 doubles.

Scouting Kansas
The Jayhawks extended their winning streak to four with wins over UM-KC and Saint Louis, defeating both, 7-0, and improving to 9-6.

Freshman Ksenia Bukina and sophomore Elizaveta Avdeeva have contributed to Kansas’ success in singles and have switched places at No. 1 and No. 2 singles over the season. They duo is also slated to pair up for No. 1 doubles against Oklahoma.

Scouting Kansas State
Kansas State has lost two straight matches coming into its match-up against Oklahoma.   With the losses, the 58th-ranked Wildcats have tallied an even 6-6 record this season and have gone 2-2 in Big 12 play.

Sophomore Tamar Kvaratskhelia will likely compete at No. 1 singles for the Wildcats. This season, No. 89 Kvaratskhelia is 16-10 overall and 7-5 in dual matches. She and freshman Maria Perevoschikova will play No. 1 doubles for Kansas State.



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