Women's Tennis Begins Big 12 Play Friday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 20, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma women’s tennis team opens Big 12 play at home this weekend. OU faces No. 33 Texas Tech Friday, March 21, at 5 p.m., and No. 49 TCU Sunday, March 23, at 12 p.m. Both matches will be played at Headington Family Tennis Center.

“It is great to be back at home again,” OU women’s tennis head coach David Mullins said. “I believe all our matches on the road these last few weeks have made us an even better team. We are definitely prepared to handle Tech and TCU but as always we have to go out and prove it.“

Oklahoma (10-2) returns to the court after an impressive performance at Tulsa. The Sooners ended the Golden Hurricane’s 51-match home win streak with a 4-3 win on Wednesday, March 12.  The victory moved the Sooners up to No. 17 in the latest ITA rankings.

Big 12 play kicks off with six teams ranked in the top 40 in the ITA Rankings. Baylor leads the pack at No. 14 with Texas following just behind the sooners at No. 21. Bedlam rival OSU checks in at No. 30 and Texas Tech and Kansas round out the top 40 at No. 33 and No. 39, respectively.

“I am not surprised one bit by the success the Big 12 is having this year,” Mullins said. “We established last year that we are now one of the elite women’s tennis conferences in the country and we are proving it yet again this spring. The league has come a really long way in the five years I have been at OU and I am thrilled that we have been able to contribute to making the Big 12 conference one of the toughest in the country.”

Through 12 matches, the Sooners have recorded an 8-2 record against ranked opponents in non-conference action. The team has a 6-2 away record as well as a perfect 4-0 record at home.

“I knew we had a really outstanding team this year, and I have been so impressed by this group since our off-season last August,” Mullins said. “It has been very rewarding to see them go out and prove what I knew they were capable of time and time again.”

The Red Raiders (10-6) are entering Friday’s match coming off a 5-2 loss to the University of Texas. Texas Tech has notched five wins against ranked teams this season.

TCU (8-7) will come to Norman after facing Oklahoma State Friday, March 21. The Horned Frogs jumped up to No. 49 in the ITA rankings this week after upending Big 12 foe Texas.

“We do not assign any more value to this weekend than the previous 12 matches we have already played,” Mullins said. “We are just trying to get ready for two more high quality opponents in the same ways we have all season long. “

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