NORMAN, Okla.--The No. 28 Oklahoma women’s tennis team will host a two-match weekend at Headington Family Tennis Center. The Sooners will face Iowa on Friday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m., and No. 33 Memphis on Sunday Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma (2-1) moved up six spots in the rankings after narrowly falling to Alabama (2-0), 4-3 on Jan. 26.
The Sooners currently holds a 2-0 record against both Iowa and Memphis. The last meeting between the Sooners and Hawkeyes was a 4-3 victory on Feb. 22, 2013 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Sooners and Tigers have not met since 1983 when OU compiled a 9-0 victory.
Sunday’s match will be Mia Lancaster Day and the first of four matches recognizing the senior class. There will be free pizza for all in attendance, a serving contest and a chance to win one of Mia’s racquets.
About Mia Lancaster:
In her four years at OU, Lancaster has compiled an impressive record including a 44-25 overall singles record, a 36-20 overall doubles record, a spot on the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 team and the 2013 ITA Central Region Championship doubles title.
Q&A with Mia Lancaster:
How has coming from a tennis family impacted your career?
Mia Lancaster: It is how I got started playing tennis and what has kept me loving the sport for so long. My family playing has definitely helped motivate me throughout my life to keep playing and shown me all the opportunities this sport has to further you in life.
What does it mean to you being from Oklahoma and being a Sooner?
ML: It is really special to be able to play in front of my family and friends at every home match.
You and Whitney won a few titles together in high school. What’s it like being partnered up with her again?
ML: It is awesome. We played in high school together and started out playing together freshman year. In the fall when we played regional’s it was as if we had never stopped playing together. I love being able to be on the court with my best friend.
Who would you say is your biggest supporter?
ML: My sister, Peta Maree. She sends me a letter before every match and is constantly encouraging and supporting me in everything I do.
What are your goals after graduation?
ML: I graduate in December so I plan to start thinking about what my future career looks like in May when I’m finished with season.
What has been your greatest memory while at OU?
ML: My greatest memory would have to be clinching the Tulsa match last year.
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
ML: Winning regionals with Whit and going to National Indoors in New York.
What are your pre-match rituals?
ML: At home matches I usually always eat an omelet before and at away matches I usually eat a PB&J on a bagel before.
What are your hopes for the team this year?
ML: I hope that the girls realize every year is completely different and to learn from the mistakes made in previous seasons and build on the strengths that they bring to the team.
What advice do you have for the younger girls on the team?
ML: To appreciate everything we are given here at OU and take advantage of the opportunities that this school gives us.