Sooners Lose Bedlam to Pokes, 4-3

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 11, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's tennis team traveled to Stillwater Wednesday for the 42nd Bedlam meeting with the Cowgirls.  The Sooners fell to 67th-ranked Oklahoma State 4-3.

The loss puts Oklahoma at 7-11 on the season and 4-5 in Big 12 play. 

The Sooners started the match strong by claiming the doubles point, with victories at the No. 1 and 3 spots.

At the No. 1 spot the duo of Irina Lykina and Gabby Baker defeated OSU’s Yawna Allen and Nataliya Shatkovskaya, 8-2. 

Oklahoma’s Chelsea Orr and Rachael Cox defeated the pair of Jennifer Poskitt and Marta Tsivka, 8-2 at the No. 3 spot.  The win put OU’s duo at 8-12 for the spring season. 

After the completion of doubles, the teams were forced to endure a weather delay.  After holding out for 45 minutes, they were able to begin single play. 

Oklahoma was led at the No. 1 spot by senior Monica Purice.  Purice was moved to the one spot after head coach Mark Johnson was forced to pull junior Gabby Baker, due to reoccuring knee problems. 

The senior rose to the occasion defeating OSU’s Iryna Tkachenko in three sets.  Purice won the first set 6-2, before dropping the second set 4-6.  Purice answered back taking the match 6-4 in the third set. 

The Sooners second win came from junior Christi Baxley at the No. 3 spot.  Baxley defeated Shatkovskaya in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.  The win gives Baxley a 9-9 overall spring record. 

“It was a very disappointing finish,” said head coach Mark Johnson.  “I was pleased with the way we played doubles.  We were just unable to finish it in singles.”

The Sooners will take a week off from match play before returning to the courts Wednesday, April 18, to host Kansas in their last home match of the season. 

No. 67 Oklahoma State 4, Oklahoma 3
4/11/07 at Stillwater, Okla.
Singles

No. 1- Monica Purice (OU) def. Iryna Tkachenko (OSU); 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
No. 2-Yawna Allen (OSU) def. Irina Lykina (OU); 6-2, 7-5
No. 3- Christi Baxley (OU) def. Nataliya Shatkovskaya (OSU); 7-5, 6-4
No. 4- Lauren Simmons (OSU) def. Chelsea Orr (OU); 7-5, 6-1
No. 5- Marta Tsivka (OSU) def. Anne Carter (OU); 7-6 (4), 6-2
No. 6- Jennifer Poskitt (OSU) def. Elena Antakvoa (OU); 6-4, 6-2
Doubles
No. 1- Baker/Lykina (OU) def. Allen/Shatkovskaya (OSU); 8-2
No. 2- Simmons/Tkachenko (OSU) def. Purice/Baxley (OU); 8-6
No. 3- Orr/Cox (OU) def. Poskitt/Tsivka (OSU); 8-2

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