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No. 25 Tulsa Women's Tennis Squeaks Past No. 52 Saint Mary's, 4-3

Samantha Vickers
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March 19, 2013


MORAGA, Calif. -

Junior Samantha Vickers earned a comeback win at No. 1 singles to propel the No. 25 Tulsa women’s tennis team to a 4-3 triumph over Saint Mary’s on Tuesday.

Vickers, ranked No. 31 in the nation in singles play, won her 10th match in a row, and won her eighth match against a ranked foe as she dispatched No. 18 Jenny Jullien 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.

The Golden Hurricane (12-5) began the match by clinching the doubles point. Renata Kuricova and Maria San’tAnna got things rolling with an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles, and Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique, ranked No. 22 in the nation, earned a 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles to seal the point.

Kuricova gave TU a 2-0 lead after defeating Hannah Liljekvist 6-3, 6-2 on Court No. 6. The Gaels tied the match at two apiece after Sant’Anna lost a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 decision against Jade Frampton at No. 5 singles, and SMC’s Danielle Flores defeated TU’s Michelle Farley 7-6, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.

Freshman Saana Saarteinen put TU up 3-2 with a 7-6, 1-6, 6-2 win against Catherine Leduc at No. 4 singles.

After Enrique fell at No. 2 singles, all eyes turned to Court No. 1 as Vickers gave Tulsa the win in a hard fought match between two top-50 foes.

Tulsa returns home to finish off its regular season with five straight matches at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. TU will host Notre Dame on Friday, March 30, in a 12 p.m. tilt.  

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March 19, 2013 at Moraga, Calif.

#25 Tulsa 4, #52 Saint Mary’s College 3

Singles competition

1. #31 Samantha Vickers (TUL) def. #18 Jenny Jullien (SMC) 6-7, 7-6, 6-2

2. Catherine Isip (SMC) def. Isaura Enrique (TUL) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6

3. Danielle Flores (SMC) def. Michelle Farley (TUL) 7-6, 6-4

4. Saana Saarteinen (TUL) def. Catherine Leduc (SMC) 7-6, 1-6, 6-2

5. Jade Frampton (SMC) def. Maria Sant'Anna (TUL) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

6. Renata Kuricova (TUL) def. Hannah Liljekvist (SMC) 6-3, 6-2 

 Doubles competition 

1. #22 Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique (TUL) def. Jenny Jullien/Danielle Flores (SMC) 8-4

2. Catherine Isip/Elizabeth Searl (SMC) vs. Michelle Farley/Saana Saarteinen (TUL) 3-5, unfinished

3. Renata Kuricova/Maria Sant'Anna (TUL) def. Jade Frampton/Audrey Leitz (SMC) 8-3 

Match Notes:
 Saint Mary's College 7-7; National ranking #52, Tulsa 12-5, National ranking #25

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