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No. 33 Tulsa Women's Tennis Nets 6-1 Triumph Over No. 61 Ohio State

Michelle Farley improved to 7-2 in singles play this spring campaign, as she is one of three TU players to have seven singles wins this year
Michelle Farley improved to 7-2 in singles play this spring campaign, as she is one of three TU players to have seven singles wins this year
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Feb. 23, 2013



The Tulsa women's tennis squad, ranked No. 33 in the country, picked up a 6-1 victory over No. 61 Ohio State in a neutral-site match at the Billingsley Tennis Center on Saturday. 

The Golden Hurricane (7-3) will conclude the weekend facing No. 44 Arkansas tomorrow in a 1 p.m. match.

In doubles play, junior Samantha Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique, ranked No. 12 in the nation, dispatched Kelsey Dieters and Kara Cecil, 8-2 at the No. 1 flight. TU secured the point at No. 2 doubles as senior Michelle Farley and freshman Saana Saarteinen took down Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele, 8-6.

At No. 1 singles, in a duel featuring two top-60 singles player in No. 53 Dieters of OSU and No. 55 Vickers of TU, Vickers cruised to a 6-2, 6-2, triumph to give TU a 2-0 lead.

The Buckeyes cut the TU lead in half as Manashirova, ranked No. 93 in singles play, defeated Tulsa junior Maria Sant'Anna, 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 4 flight.

Farley gave the Hurricane a 3-1 advantage defeating Steel at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 7-5, and Saarteinen clinched the win for TU with a 7-5, 8-6 win over Grainne O'Neal at the No. 5 flight.

Also picking up wins for TU were freshman Carol Benito, who claimed a 7-5, 6-2 win over Noelle Malley at No. 6 singles, and Enrique, who defeated Cecil 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 2 singles 

"It was a good tough battle today," commented Head Coach Dean Orford. "We needed a match like this to get used to the away facility in preperation for a very talented and well coached Arkansas team. We always have highly competitive duels against Arkansas, and our match tomorrow should be more of the same."



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Ohio State vs Tulsa

Feb 23, 2013 at Fayetteville, Ark.

(Billingsley Tennis Center)

#33 Tulsa 6, #61 Ohio State 1


Singles competition 

1. #55 Samantha Vickers (TLS) def. #53 Kelsey Dieters (OHIOST) 6-2, 6-2

2. Isaura Enrique (TLS) def. Kara Cecil (OHIOST) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1

3. Michelle Farley (TLS) def. Gabby Steele (OHIOST) 6-3, 7-5

4. #93 Fidan Manashirova (OHIOST) def. Maria Sant'Anna (TLS) 6-3, 6-4

5. Saana Saarteinen (TLS) def. Grainne O'Neill (OHIOST) 7-5, 8-6

6. Carol Benito (TLS) def. Noelle Malley (OHIOST) 7-5, 6-2

Doubles competition 

1. #12 Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique (TLS) def. Kelsey Dieters/Kara Cecil (OHIOST) 8-2

2. Michelle Farley/Saana Saarteinen (TLS) def. Gabby Steele/Fidan Manashirova (OHIOST) 8-6

3. Maria Sant'Anna/Renata Kuricova (TLS) vs. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley (OHIOST) 8-8, unfinished

Match Notes:
 5-4; National ranking #61, Tulsa 7-3; National ranking #33

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