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Women's Tennis Downs OBU in Double-Header
February 24, 2006

NORMAN, Okla.  The University of Oklahoma women's tennis team improved to 4-1 in spring matches after blanking Oklahoma Baptist, 6-0, 7-0, in a double-header on Wednesday at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman.

In the first match, the Sooners won all singles matches in straight sets. Junior Irina Lykina competed at the No. 1 spot for the first time this season and defeated Sarah Haselwood, 6-4, 6-1. At the No. 6 position, sophomore Rachael Cox made a showing in her first spring match of the year and downed Kim Daniel, 6-0, 6-0. Also picking up wins were junior Monica Purice at No. 2, sophomore Chelsea Orr at No. 3, freshman Brittany Baldy at No. 4 and freshman Gabriela Nastasa at No. 5.

The Sooners dominated the Lady Bison again in the second match. Sophomore Christi Baxley and junior Anne Carter teamed up at the No. 1 doubles slot to defeat Haselwood and Lauren White, 8-1. Junior Melissa Mercer made her debut this season with Cox at No. 3 doubles and handed Daniel and Haley Howard a 6-2, 6-0, loss.

In singles, sophomore Gabby Baker resumed her spot at No. 1 and shut out Kerrie McNutt, 6-0, 6-0. Carter also competed in singles at the No. 5 position and picked up a win over Daniel. Freshman Kate Robinson hit the court for the first time in her Sooner career and is now 1-0 at No. 6 singles. Also competing for Oklahoma were Purice, Baxley and Baldy.

The Sooners will hit the road this weekend to face No. 46 Arizona and No. 44 Fresno State in Fresno, Calif., on Saturday and Sunday.


Oklahoma 6, Oklahoma Baptist 0
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Norman, Okla.

Singles
1.  Irina Lykina (OU) def. Sarah Haselwood (OBU), 6-4, 6-1
2.  Monica Purice (OU) def. Kerrie McNutt (OBU), 6-1, 6-0
3.  Chelsea Orr (OU) def. Lauren White (OBU), 6-0, 6-0
4.  Brittany Baldy (OU) def. Brooke Mowery (OBU), 6-0, 6-0
5.  Gabriela Nastasa (OU) def. Haley Howard (OBU), 6-0, 6-0
6.  Rachael Cox (OU) def. Kim Daniel (OBU), 6-0, 6-0


Oklahoma 7, Oklahoma Baptist 0
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Norman, Okla.

Doubles
1.  Baxley/Carter (OU) def. Haselwood/White (OBU), 8-1
2.  Baldy/Nastasa (OU) vs. Howard/Mowery (OBU), DNP
3.  Cox/Mercer (OU) def. Daniel/McNutt (OBU), 8-3

Singles
1.  Gabby Baker (OU) def. Kerrie McNutt (OBU), 6-0, 6-0
2.  Monica Purice (OU) def. Sarah Haselwood (OBU), 6-3, 6-1
3.  Christi Baxley (OU) def. Brooke Mowery (OBU), 6-0, 6-0
4.  Brittany Baldy (OU) def. Lauren White (OBU), 6-0, 6-0
5.  Anne Carter (OU) def. Kim Daniel (OBU), 6-0, 6-0
6.  Kate Robinson (OU) def. Haley Howard (OBU), 6-2, 6-0

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