Norman Okla. -- The Oklahoma women's tennis team fell 7-0 to No. 24 TCU at Headington Family Tennis Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Oklahoma dropped the doubles point after falling at No. 1 and 3. At No. 2 doubles Oklahoma’s Christi Baxley and Monica Purice dug out of a 4-1 hole to win 8-6.
Baxley and Purice struggled to find their grove in the beginning, falling behind 4-1 quickly. At 4-1 they broke TCU to begin the comeback. After holding on Baxley’s service game, the duo broke TCU once more and tied the match 4-4. After give up the next game, OU pulled away for the 8-6 win.
At No. 1 doubles it was a back-and-forth battle for Oklahoma’s Gabby Baker and Irina Lykina took the first two games before giving up the next two to TCU’s Ana Cetnik and Andrea Morgado. Baker, who is still not back to full stremgth after a knee injury, look strong and held serve two of three times. Baker and Lykina fell to Cetnik and Morgado 8-4.
Oklahoma’s Racael Cox and Chelsea Orr started off strong at No. 3 doubles before falling into a 6-3 hole.
“They simply out played us,” said head coach Mark Johnson. “We need to be more consistent in doubles.”
In singles Oklahoma started off slow dropping the first set in all six positions.
No. 1 by Monica Purice faced TCU’s Sydorska. Purice was defeated 6-2 in the first set, before returning the favor against the nationally-ranked opposition for a 6-2 win in the next set. The two played a super tie-breaker for the third and Purice was defeated 10-5.
At No. 2 singles Baxley dropped the first set to Cetnik, who is ranked No. 23 nationally. Baxley answered in the second taking a quick 2-0 lead bfore eventually dropping the decision 6-4.
Oklahoma’s Anne Carter made her season debut at No. 6 singles. She dropped the first set 6-1 to TCU’s Ionesco. In the second set Carter came out fighting and carried a 3-2 lead falling 6-3.
Orr, a junior, started off slow as well losing the first set 6-1. Orr, like her teammates took a lead, 5-4, but could not hold off Nichols. Orr would eventually force a tiebreaker before falling 7-4 in the tie breaker.
“TCU is a good team,” said Johnson. “It was a tough match. We have to improve but facing tough comptition like this, shows us where we need to be.”
Oklahoma is now 2-4 on the season. The Sooners will return to action at Headington Family Tennis Center Saturday March 3 at noon for the first Big 12 match of the season against Texas Tech.
TCU 7, Oklahoma 0
March 1, 2007
1. Anna Sydorska (TCU) def. Monica Purice (OU) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5
2. Ana Cetnik (TCU) def. Christi Baxley (OU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. Irina Lykina (OU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Kewa Nichols (TCU) def. Chelsea Orr (OU) 6-1, 7-6 (4)
5. Andrea Morgado (TCU) def. Rachael Cox (OU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Karine Ionesco(TCU) def. Anne Carter (OU) 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 2, 5, 4, 3, 1
1. Cetnik/ Morgado (TCU) def. Baker/ Lykina (OU) 8-4
2. Purice/ Baxley (OU) def. Nichols/ Sydorska (TCU) 8-6
3. Ionesc/ Munch-Soegaard(TCU) def. Cox/Orr (OU) 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2