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Sooners Advance to Regional Quarterfinals
October 22, 2010

Oct. 22, 2010

NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team went a combined 11-6 on Friday between the 2010 ITA Central Region Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., and the KU Fall Tournament in Lawrence, Kan.

Both OU doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals at the ITA Central Regionals, while senior Maria Kalashnikova and freshman Alice Radu advance to the singles quarterfinals.

“Today was definitely bittersweet,” OU head coach David Mullins said. “Ana-Maria (Constantinescu) showed a lot of courage in her first round match despite a very limiting neck injury she incurred during doubles.”

Constantinescu and Radu defeated Maria Christensen and Jamie Mera of Missouri in the second round, 8-4, after receiving a bye in the first round.  The OU duo will play Kate Lukomskaya and Kelsey Sundaram of Arkansas in the doubles quarterfinals on Saturday.

Kalashnikova and freshman Whitney Ritchie also had a bye in the first round before topping Amanda Aragon and Jessica Labarte of Drake, 8-4, to advance to the quarterfinals.  Kalashnikova and Ritchie will face last fall’s central regional doubles runner-up, Claudine Paulson and Anouk Tigu of Arkansas.

Kalashnikova and Radu both went 2-0 on Friday and will play in the singles quarterfinals.  Kalashnikova defeated Mizzou’s Christensen, 6-3, 6-4, and Nebraska’s Madeleine Geibert, 6-3, 6-1, on Friday and will face Anastasia Erofeeva of Tulsa in the quarterfinals.

Radu topped Emily Carbone of Arkansas, 7-6(4), 6-4, in the first round and Michelle Farley of Tulsa, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, in the second.  Radu will play OSU’s Nataliya Shatkovskaya on Saturday.

“Maria and Alice played some great tennis to reach the round of 16 and are looking forward to tomorrow,” Mullins said. “Whitney competed hard and made a great comeback in the second round but was unable to close out the third set.”

Ritchie won in the first round against WSU’s Raphaela Zotter, 6-2, 6-3, but fell in the tiebreaker set of the second round to TU’s Erofeeva, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.

In Lawrence, OU went 2-2 in both doubles and singles.  Peta Maree Lancaster and Brittany Parks won in singles, and went 1-1 in doubles.  Tara Eckel and Mia Lancaster went 1-1 in doubles but both fell in singles. 

2010 ITA Central Region Championships
Fayetteville, Ark.
Day One Results

SINGLES
Round of 64
Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Raphaela Zotter (WSU), 6-2, 6-3
Maria Kalashnikova (OU) def. Maria Christensen (MU), 6-3, 6-4
Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) def. Ana-Maria Constantinescu (OU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Alice Radu (OU) def. Emily Carbone (ARK), 7-6(4), 6-4

Round of 32
Anastasia Erofeeva (TU) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU), 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
Maria Kalashnikova (OU) def. Madeleine Geibert (NU), 6-3, 6-1
Alice Radu (OU) def. Michelle Farley (TU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

DOUBLES
Round of 64
Constantinescu/Radu (OU), bye
Ritchie/Kalashnikova (OU), bye

Round of 32
Ritchie/Kalashnikova (OU) def. Aragon/Labarte (DU), 8-4
Constantinescu/Radu (OU) def. Christensen/Mera (MU), 8-4

KU Fall Tournament
Lawrence, Kan.
Day One Results


DOUBLES
Vertesheva/Fujimoto (IU) def. Eckel/M. Lancaster (OU), 8-4
Eckel/M. Lancaster (OU) def. Harazin/Escobar (IA), 8-4
Parks/P. Lancaster (OU) def. Dalvai/Horner (UMKC), 8-4
Los/Windom (KU) def. Parks/P. Lancaster (OU), 8-4

SINGLES
Leslie Hureau (IU) def. Tara Eckel (OU), 6-2, 7-5
Barbora Krtickova (AASU) def. Mia Lancaster (OU), 6-4, 6-2
Peta Maree Lancaster (OU) def. Ally Majercik (IA), 7-6, 6-1
Brittany Parks (OU) def. Suzan Lisenby (UMKC), 6-0, 6-1

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