March 27, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The 18th-ranked Oklahoma women’s tennis team lost just its third match of the season Sunday, as No. 9 Baylor defeated the Sooners, 5-2, to snap OU’s six-match winning streak.
Oklahoma (12-3, 4-1 Big 12) won the doubles point for the 13th time this season, including its second doubles point win over a top 10 opponent. OU couldn’t hold on in singles to upset the Bears who have five singles players ranked in the nation’s top 125 players.
“Doubles was very outstanding and I felt going into the match that we were the better doubles team,” OU Head Coach David Mullins said. “I wasn’t surprised that we won the doubles point but I was surprised at how quickly we won and how decisive it was.”
Ana-Maria Constantinescu and Alice Radu gave up just one game to Baylor’s Filipiak and Secerbegovic at the No. 1 doubles spot, defeating the Bears’ duo, 8-1.
Freshmen Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie won their seventh-straight doubles match as a pair to remain undefeated in doubles play by beating Baylor’s Novakova and Nakic at the No. 2 spot, 8-3.
Tara Eckel and Marie-Pier Huet rallied at the No. 3 doubles position to cut Baylor’s Stanivuk and Taylor Ormond’s lead to 7-6, but the Bears eventually pulled out the win, 8-6.
“In singles, they were just better,” Mullins said. “I really can’t fault our players at all, give all the credit to Baylor they were definitely the better singles team from top to bottom.”
Baylor won the first four singles points to clinch the win over the Sooners, 4-1.
BU’s Novakova, ranked 19th in the country in singles, defeated Constantinescu, ranked 95th in the country, at the No. 1 singles spot, 6-4, 6-0.
Baylor’s 44th-ranked Nakic snapped Ritchie’s eight-match win streak, defeating the freshman, 7-5, 6-1, at the No. 3 singles position.
OU’s Radu rallied to take the second set after losing the first to Baylor’s 34th-ranked Secerbegovic, but eventually fell in the third set, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
Baylor’s 119th-ranked Stanivuk clinched the win for the Bears with her, 6-2, 7-5, win over OU’s Huet at the No. 4 singles position.
OU’s only other dual point outside of the doubles point came at the No. 6 singles position after Baylor’s Taylor Ormond retired the match.
Lancaster lost just her second singles match of the year, snapping a nine-match winning streak, to Baylor’s 116th-ranked Filipiak at the No. 5 position. Lancaster won the first set, but lost the super tiebreaker after Filipiak forced the additional set, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (6).
The Sooners play one more home match before hitting the road again. OU faces No. 22 Tulsa on Wednesday, March 30 at 2 p.m., at the Headington Family Tennis Center. Admission is free.
No. 9 Baylor 5, No. 18 Oklahoma 2
1. Constantinescu/Radu (OU) def. Filipiak/Secerbegovic (BU), 8-1
2. Lancaster, M./Ritchie (OU) def. Novakova/Nakic (BU), 8-3
3. Stanivuk/Ormond (BU) def. Eckel/Huet (OU), 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. No. 19 Sona Novakova (BU) def. No. 95 Ana-Maria Constantinescu (OU), 6-4, 6-0
2. No. 34 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Alice Radu (OU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
3. No. 44 Diana Nakic (BU) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU), 7-5, 6-1
4. No. 119 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Marie-Pier Huet (OU), 6-2, 7-5
5. No. 116 Karoline Filipiak (BU) def. Mia Lancaster (OU), 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (6)
6. Maria Kalashnikova (OU) def. Taylor Ormond (BU), ret.
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 5