Oklahoma opens Big 12 play, improves to 9-2 with its first shutout of the season.
March 13, 2011
BOULDER, Colo. – The 18th-ranked Oklahoma women’s tennis team shut out Colorado Sunday, 7-0, to open the Big 12 season with a road win.
Oklahoma (9-2, 1-0 Big 12) won all three doubles matches to take the early 1-0 lead and went on to win all six singles matches in straight-sets to clinch its first shutout this season.
"The girls really stepped up today without Ana-Maria (Constantinescu) and it was great to get everyone off the court with a straight-set win," OU Head Coach David Mullins said. "After so many tough matches in the last several weeks it was nice to get on and off the court in under three hours."
Freshman Alice Radu and Marie-Pier Huet played their first doubles match as a pair this season, defeating Colorado’s Abbie Probert and Michala Hedelund Jensen at the No. 1 doubles spot, 8-6.
Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie won their third-straight match as a pair to remain unbeaten in doubles play. The freshman duo topped CU’s Ania Anuszkiewicz and Kristina Schleich at the No. 2 position, 8-6.
Maria Kalashnikova and Tara Eckel also won in their first appearance as a pair in doubles this year, defeating Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio, 8-4, at the No. 3 spot.
Eckel collected the Sooners’ first win in singles giving up just two games total to beat Anuszkiewicz, 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 6 spot.
Ritchie, ranked No. 124 nationally in singles, won her sixth-straight singles match to give OU the 3-0 lead. Ritchie defeated CU’s Probert at the No. 2 position, giving up just three games in straight-sets, 6-2, 6-1.
Radu made her first appearance at the No. 1 singles spot, filling in for Senior Ana-Maria Constantinescu. Radu topped Colorado's Sch’eich, 6-2, 6-4, to give OU its fourth match point to secure the win.
Huet, Kalashnikova and Lancaster won the final three singles matches at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots to finish the dual for the Sooners.
Huet defeated Jensen, 6-3, 6-4, Kalashnikova topped Janssens, 6-4, 6-3, while Lancaster defeated Manzi Tenorio, 7-6 (3), 6-1.
With the win Lancaster improved to 9-1 on the season, a team-best record in singles play this year.
OU will get a short break before playing back-to-back road matches on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19.
The Sooners will face No. 32 Nebraska on Friday at 2 p.m., in Lincoln, Neb., before heading to Ames, Iowa, for a dual against Iowa State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
No. 18 Oklahoma 7, Colorado 0
1. Radu/Huet (OU) def. Probert/Jensen, 8-6
2. Ritchie/M. Lancaster (OU) def. Anuszkiewicz/Schleich, 8-6
3. Kalashnikova/Tara Eckel (OU) def. Janssens/Manzi Tenorio, 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Alice Radu (OU) def. Kristina Schleich 6-3, 6-4
2. (124) Whitney Ritchie def. (OU) Abbie Probert 6-2, 6-1
3. Marie-Pier Huet (OU) def. Michala Hedelund Jensen 6-3, 6-4
4. Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
5. Maria Kalashnikova (OU) def. Winde Janssens 6-4, 6-3
6. Tara Eckel (OU) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 1, 5, 3, 4