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No. 28 Tulsa Falls To No. 41 Oklahoma, 4-3

Maria Sant'Anna was 2-0 in TU's 4-3 loss against Oklahoma
Maria Sant'Anna was 2-0 in TU's 4-3 loss against Oklahoma
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Feb. 16, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. -

The No. 28-ranked Tulsa women's tennis team fell to No. 41 Oklahoma in a 4-3 tilt at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.

The Golden Hurricane (6-3) rallied to tie the match at three apiece, but OU's Mia Lancaster defeated Tulsa senior Michelle Farley in a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 three-set thriller to give the match to the Sooners.

At No. 3 doubles, junior Maria Sant'Anna and freshman Renata Kuricova defeated Lancaster and Abbi Melrose 8-4, but TU fell at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to drop the doubles point.

Sophomore Isaura Enrique tied the match at one apiece as she defeated Whitney Ritchie 6-1, 2-0 (retired) at No. 2 singles.

The Hurricane knotted the match at two after Samantha Vickers, ranked No. 55 in the nation, claimed a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Hermon Brhane at No. 1 singles. Brhane entered the match ranked No. 87 in the country.

Freshman Saana Saarteinen took the first set against Whitney Wofford at No. 5 singles, but ultimately fell 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to the Sooner junior, which gave OU a 3-2 advantage.

Sant'Anna, playing at No. 4 singles, defeated Abbi Melrose in a 7-5, 5-6, 7-6 (7-5) to tie the match at three apiece before Farley lost her tilt at No. 3 singles to Lancaster.

The Golden Hurricane, in the midst of a six-match road swing, will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. next weekend. TU will face No. 55 Ohio State on Saturday, February 23 in a 2 p.m. tilt. Tulsa will conclude the weekend facing No .37 Arkansas in a 12 p.m. affair on Sunday, February 24.

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Tulsa vs Oklahoma

Feb 16 2013 at Norman, Okla. (Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion)

No. 41 Oklahoma 4, No. 28 Tulsa 3

Singles competition 

1. No. 55 Samantha Vickers (Tulsa) def. No. 87 Hermon Brhane (OU), 7-5, 6-4

2. Isaura Enrique (Tulsa) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU), 6-1, 2-0, retired

3. Mia Lancaster (OU) def.  Michelle Farley (Tulsa), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

4. Maria Sant'Anna (Tulsa) def. Abbi Melrose (OU), 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)

5. Whitney Wofford (OU) def. Saana Saarteinen (Tulsa), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

6. Zita Engbroks (OU) def. Carol Benito (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition 

1. No. 36 Whitney Ritchie/Hermon Brhane (OU) def. No. 12 Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique (Tulsa), 8-6

2. Zita Engbroks/Whitney Wofford (OU) def. Michelle Farley/Saana Saarteinen (Tulsa), 8-5

3. Maria Sant'Anna/Renata Kuricova (Tulsa) def. Mia Lancaster/Abbi Melrose (OU), 8-4

Match Notes:
 Tulsa 6-3; National ranking #28; Oklahoma 4-2; National Ranking #41

Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (2, 6, 1, 5, 4, 3)