Jan. 14, 2011
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – OU women’s tennis’ Ana-Maria Constantinescu and Marie-Pier Huet opened the 2011 season at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic, going 3-1 in singles and 1-0 in doubles on the first day of competition.
In doubles, the OU duo defeated Amanda Craddock and Cierra Gaytan-Leach of Texas in the first round, 9-8, to advance to the doubles quarterfinals.
Constantinescu won both singles matches Friday to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal round, the senior will face Stanford’s Hillary Barte in the quarterfinals, Barte is the fifth-ranked singles player nationally and is the tournament’s No. 1 seed.
Constantinescu topped Lyndsey Kinsler of USC in the first roun, 7-6(4), 7-5, before beating Julia Weigland of Texas, 6-2, 6-1.
Huet opened the tournament with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Stanford’s Amilia Herring in the first round.
Huet then faced the No. 8 singles player in the country, Texas’ Aeriel Ellis, in the second round. Huet started strong, shutting out Ellis in the first set but eventually lost to the tournament’s No. 2 seed, 0-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Ana-Maria Constantinescu (OU) def. Lyndsey Kinsler (USC), 7-6(4), 7-5
Marie-Pier Huet (OU) def. Amilia Herring (STAN), 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16
Ana-Maria Constantinescu (OU) def. Julia Weigland (TEX), 6-2, 6-1
No. 8 Ariel Ellis (TEX) def. Marie-Pier Huet (OU), 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
Round of 16
Constantinescu/Huet (OU) def. Craddock/Gaytan-Leach (TEX), 9-8