NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's tennis team fell to No. 15 Texas, 6-1, on Saturday at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman. The Sooners drop to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 matches with the loss, while Texas improved to 9-8 overall and 4-0 in conference play.
Oklahoma battled in doubles, despite losing all three matches. At the No. 2 position, juniors Anne Carter and Monica Purice got behind Kelly Baritot and Kendra Strohm but tied up the match at 3-3. The Longhorn tandem won the next two games, but Carter and Purice once again rallied to tie the match at 5-5. The duos continued to battle back and forth until Barito and Strohm pulled away and won the match, 9-7.
At the No. 1 slot, sophomore Christi Baxley and junior Irina Lykina faced Mia Marovic and Courtney Zauft. The Sooner duo was down 5-2 but made a run to tie the match at 5-5. The tandems tied again at 6-6 and 7-7, but Texas eventually won the match, 9-8. Sophomore Gabby Baker and freshman Brittany Baldy also competed for Oklahoma at No. 3 doubles, but the duo dropped an 8-2 decision to Petra Dizdar and Ristine Olson.
In singles, Texas picked up their first win at No. 3, where Strohm defeated Purice, 6-1, 6-0. Freshman Gabriela Nastasa was the next to fall and dropped a, 6-3, 6-3, decision to Baritot at No. 5. Marovic clenched the match for the Longhorns at the No. 1 position after defeating sophomore Gabby Baker, 6-3, 6-3.
The Sooners' only singles victory came at the No. 4 slot. Baxley went head-to-head with Zauft and defeated her in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Brittany Baldy and Marija Milic wrapped up the match at No. 6, with Milic emerging with a, 6-2, 6-2, victory.
Oklahoma will return to action on Sunday in its second match of the weekend. The Sooners will face Texas A&M at 12 p.m. at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman.
1. Marovic/Zauft (UT) def. Baxley/Lykina (OU), 9-8
2. Baritot/Strohm (UT) def. Carter/Purice (OU), 9-7
3. Dizdar/Olson (UT) def. Baker/Baldy (OU), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1. No. 79 Mia Marovic (UT) def. Gabby Baker (OU), 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 71 Petra Dizdar (UT) def. Irina Lykina (OU), 6-3, 6-3
3. No. 109 Kendra Strohm (UT) def. Monica Purice (OU), 6-1, 6-0
4. Christi Baxley (OU) def. Courtney Zauft (UT), 6-4, 6-2
5. Kelly Baritot (UT) def. Gabriela Nastasa (OU), 6-3, 6-3
6. Marija Milic (UT) def. Brittany Baldy (OU), 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 5, 1, 6, 4, 2