Sept. 15, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – The 2010 women’s tennis fall tournament schedule was announced Wednesday by the University of Oklahoma Vice President/Athletics Director Joe Castiglione and head coach David Mullins.
OU will host the Sooner Fall Invitational on Sept. 24-26 in Norman, featuring players from seven teams that finished the 2010 season ranked in the ITA top-75. Arkansas, Arkansas-Little Rock, DePaul, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Portland, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Wichita State will join Oklahoma for the tournament.
“The next couple of months will really allow our freshmen to adapt to the rigors of the college game,” Mullins said. “We are excited to be hosting our first fall invitational and we hope to make this an annual event. We will have up to six players competing in this tournament.”
|2010 Women's Tennis Fall Schedule|
OU aims to build on last year’s success this fall to prepare for spring competition. OU ended the 2009-2010 season ranked No. 42 in the country after qualifying for its first NCAA tournament in six seasons. Last season’s squad became only the sixth team in program history to reach the NCAA tournament and only the seventh to record 18 wins in a season.
Senior Ana-Maria Constantinescu enters the fall tournament season ranked No. 69 nationally in singles. Constantinescu looks to repeat title wins at the ITA Central Regional Championships on Oct. 22-25 in Fayetteville, Ark. In 2009, Constantinescu won the regional title in singles and doubles with partner Teona Tsertsvadze in Norman.
OU will make two separate trips to Illinois this fall. The Sooners will compete in the Wildcat Invitational in Evanston, Ill., on Oct. 8-10 and in the Midwest Blast on Nov. 5-7 in Champaign, Ill.
“The team will be split up throughout the fall to ensure that each player gets the opportunities they need to keep developing their games,” Mullins said. “We hope to defend both our singles and doubles titles at the Central Region Championships.”
The Sooners will be split between the University of Kansas Fall Tournament and the ITA Central Regional Championships in late October as well as the Midwest Blast and the ITA National Indoor Championships in New Haven, Conn., in the first week of November.
“It would be great to finish the year with at least two players competing at the National Indoor Championships in November,” Mullins said. “If not, we will still get the chance to finish the fall season against some great competition at the Midwest Blast in Champaign.”