No. 28 Tulsa Women's Tennis Corrals No. 27 OSU Cowgirls, 6-1
March 1, 2013
TULSA, Okla. -
The Tulsa women's tennis squad, ranked No. 28 in the country, defeated No. 27 Oklahoma State, 6-1, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Friday night.
The Golden Hurricane improved to 8-4 on the season, and holds a 5-0 ledger at home this year.
"It was a big win for us," commented Head Coach Dean Orford. "We were very excited, especially because we got some wins from our freshmen. They have been improving so much lately, and all of their hard work came to fruition. We have a great rivalry against Oklahoma State, they are always well coached and have a good team, so its' always good to get a win against them."
The Golden Hurricane snared the doubles point as freshman Renata Kuricova and junior Maria Sant'Anna posted an 8-2 win over Maria Alverez and Lorena Gheroghe. TU sealed the point with a triumph at No. 1 singles, as junior Samantha Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrqiue, ranked No. 19 in the nation, beat Malika Rose and Kanypat Narattana of OSU, 8-3.
TU jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Vickers, ranked No. 59 in singles, defeated No. 58 Malika Rose, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. The win marked Vickers ninth singles triumph of the spring season.
Sant'Anna, at No. 5 singles, picked up a 7-6 (), 6-1 triumph over Narattana to propel TU to a 3-0 advantage.
The Golden Hurricane quickly extended its advantage to 6-0 in a ten-minute span to clinch the match.
Senior Michelle Farley earned a hard fought 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles against C.C. Sardinha to clinch the match for TU.
A few minutes later, Kuricova took down Kayrn Guttormsen 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 6 flight, and Saarteinen outlasted Alverez 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles to give Tulsa its 6-0 lead.
TU's only blemish on the night came at No. 2 singles, as OSU's Blevins defeated Enrique 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 11-9.
The Golden Hurricane will conclude the weekend facing South Alabama in a noon match at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
"South Alabama is a young team and is very talented," Orford stated. "They are very comparable to us, so it is going to be an interesting match with two interesting teams."
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Tulsa vs. Oklahoma State
March 1 at Tulsa, Okla.
(Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
#28 Tulsa 6, #27 Oklahoma State 1
1. #59 Samantha Vickers (TLS) def. #58 Malika Rose (OSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Isaura Enrique (TLS) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 11-9
3. Michelle Farley (TLS) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
4. Saana Saarteinen (TLS) def. Maria Alvarez (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Maria Sant'Anna (TLS) def. Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 7-6, 6-1
6. Renata Kuricova (TLS) def. Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 7-5, 6-3
1. #19 Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique (TLS) def. Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 8-3
2. Michelle Farley/Saana Saarteinen (TLS) vs. Karyn Guttormsen/Meghan Blevins (OSU) 4-5, unfinished
3. Maria Sant'Anna/Renata Kuricova (TLS) def. Lorena Gheorghe/Maria Alvarez (OSU) 8-2
Match Notes: Oklahoma State 6-2; National ranking #27
Tulsa 8-4; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,5,3,6,4,2)
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