Bedlam Tennis Comes to Norman

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 17, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team (9-13, 3-6) will take on the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in Bedlam on Tuesday. The match is set for 2 p.m. at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman and will be the last home match of the season.

The Sooners went 1-1 in home duels this past week. Oklahoma fell to No. 43 Arkansas, 4-3, but rebounded with a 4-3 victory to surprise No. 42 Nebraska. It marked the first time this season the Sooners upset a ranked opponent.

Although Oklahoma State leads the all-time Bedlam series with a 24-16 mark, Oklahoma has defeated the Cowgirls for the past two years. Last year in Stillwater, the two squads battled through a five-hour match, which resulted in a 4-3 victory for the Sooners.

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After facing Oklahoma State, Oklahoma will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech in the last regular season duel before heading to the Big 12 Championships. The first serve is set for 1 p.m. on Friday.

Last Time Out
On Wednesday, Oklahoma dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Arkansas. Tied at 3-3, the teams battled it out at No. 1 singles, where sophomore Gabby Baker faced No. 31 Aurelija Miseviciute. Despite winning the first set, 6-4, Baker fell behind in the second and third sets, 7-5, 6-2, which gave Nebraska the win.

The Sooners rebounded from their loss to Arkansas with a 4-3 victory over Nebraska on Saturday. Once again, it came down to the last singles match, where sophomore Christi Baxley and Pamela Castillejos were facing off at the No. 3 spot. The two were tied at one set apiece, but Baxley pulled away in the third set to put Oklahoma on top, 4-3.

Postmatch Notes
  Sophomore Gabby Baker saw her six-match winning streak snapped against Arkansas but came back with a win against Nebraska.
  At No. 4 singles, sophomore Christi Baxley came to the rescue for the Sooners with a, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, win over Nebraska’s Pamela Castillejos. The victory clinched the match for Oklahoma and gave the Sooners a 4-3 win.

Scouting Oklahoma State
The No. 47 Cowgirls saw their six-match winning streak snapped on Sunday as they were edged out by Nebraska, 4-3. With the loss, Oklahoma State sits at 12-8 overall and 5-4 in conference duals.

Sophomore Iryna Tkachenko will likely top the singles lineup for the Cowgirls. However, the squad’s most consistent player has been Marta Tsivka. The junior has recorded 17 wins and is tied for fourth in the Big 12 with five wins at No. 5 singles.

Senior Zana Masnic and sophomore Yawna Allen are slated to compete at No. 1 doubles.

Scouting Texas Tech
In their latest outing, the No. 57 Lady Raiders were shut out by Texas, 7-0, which dropped them to 12-6 overall and 5-4 in the Big 12.

Senior Tara Browning has played all but two matches at No. 1 singles this season and has tallied an 8-9 mark at the position.  Sophomore Cigdem Duru, however, has the best record on the team and sits at 12-6 overall and 10-6 at No. 2 singles.

Browning and junior Lakann Wagley are set to play No. 1 doubles for the Lady Raiders.



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