OU Heads Back to Waco for NCAA First Round

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 03, 2011

May 3, 2011

2011 NCAA Championships First and Second Round
Date Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15
Location Waco, Texas | Baylor Tennis Center
Tickets Baylor Ticket Office
Online NCAA Interactive Bracket


– The 24th-ranked Oklahoma women’s tennis team was selected to compete in the 2011 NCAA Championships announced by the NCAA Tuesday.

Oklahoma (18-6, 9-2 Big 12) will travel to Waco, Texas, as No. 7 Baylor was selected as one of 16 host sites for the first and second round.

The Sooners will face No. 38 Cal Poly in the first round on Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m.  The winner will advance to the second round and will play the winner of Baylor vs. Texas-Arlington the following day at 2 p.m.

"We look forward to seeing how far we can advance in the tournament," OU Head Coach David Mullins said. "Cal Poly will compete very hard and gets a lot out of themselves."

"It would be great to get another matchup with Baylor," Mullins added.  "We obviously know them well and they are a great team."

The winner of each site will advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Stanford, Calif., May 20-24. 

"I think it will be good for us to be in familiar surroundings for the NCAA regigonals," Mullins said. "With the girls in finals next week I am glad we have such a short trip."

The selection marks the second consecutive year and seventh time in program history that OU qualified for the NCAA Championships (1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2010).

The Sooners enter NCAAs after making just their fourth Big 12 Championships semifinal appearance in school history.  OU defeated Texas Tech, 4-1, to advance to the semifinals, but lost to Texas, 4-2.

All six of OU’s losses this season were to top 25 opponents, including then-ranked No. 1 and reigning national champion Stanford. 

In 2010, OU made its first NCAA appearance under current head coach David Mullins and hosted first and second round action for the third time in school history.

The then-ranked No. 42 Sooners narrowly lost to No. 24 Arkansas in the first round, 4-2, to cap off one of its most successful seasons in recent history.



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