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Feb. 3, 2007

Santie Delport picked up the clinching victory in Tulsa's 4-3 win over Rice.


Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa women's tennis team (7-0) kept its record clean by grabbing a 4-3 win over No. 64 Rice on Saturday afternoon at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Tulsa Jumped to the 1-0 lead after sweeping the doubles matches. Kindsay Grimes and Carla Zabaleta took the first win at the two position, 8-3, over Dominique Karas and Rebecca Lin. Thalia Diaz-Barriga and Jie Zeng won the point clincher with an 8-6 win over Emily Braid and Christine Dao, while Santie Delport and Marta Marcinkowska completed the sweep with an 8-6 defeat of Tiffany Lee and Julie Chao at the one position.

TU moved ahead 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win at the two position by Zabaleta over Dao, and went to 3-0 when Agostina Santoro dispensed with Braid at the six spot, 6-0, 6-3.

Rice answered with a 6-3, 6-3 win by Karas over Eleonora Kuruc at the five position to cut the TU lead to 3-1.

The Golden Hurricane clinched the win with a win at the three position by Delport over Lee, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Rice closed the final score to 4-3 with wins at the one position and four position.

Tulsa will be back in action on February 13 when it takes on Oklahoma at 3 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Tennis Match Results Rice vs Tulsa 2/3/2007 at Tulsa, Okla.

#53 Tulsa 4, #64 Rice 3

Singles competition 1. Julie Chao (RICE) def. Kindsay Grimes (TLS) 5-7, 6-3, 10-5 2. Carla Zabaleta (TLS) def. Christine Dao (RICE) 6-3, 6-2 3. Santie Delport (TLS) def. Tiffany Lee (RICE) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 4. Rebecca Lin (RICE) def. Thalia Diaz-Barriga (TLS) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) 5. Dominique Karas (RICE) def. Eleonora Kuruc (TLS) 6-3, 6-3 6. Agostina Santoro (TLS) def. Emily Braid (RICE) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles competition 1. Santie Delport/Marta Marcinkowska (TLS) def. Tiffany Lee/Julie Chao (RICE) 8-6 2. Kindsay Grimes/Carla Zabaleta (TLS) def. Dominique Karas/Rebecca Lin (RICE) 8-3 3. Thalia Diaz-Barriga/Jie Zeng (TLS) def. Emily Braid/Christine Dao (RICE) 8-6

Match Notes: Rice 2-2; National ranking #64 Tulsa 7-0; National ranking #53 Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,6,5,3,1,4) T-4:20 A-60