No. 50 Tulsa Edges Rice, 4-3
March 28, 2009
Houston, Texas - The 50th-ranked Tulsa women's tennis team battled from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Rice, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium in Houston, Texas. Freshman Anastasia Erofeeva sealed the win with a marathon 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2, victory over Jessica Jackson in No. 4 singles.
Tulsa improves its record to 18-4 overall and 2-0 in conference, while Rice falls to 10-10 overall and 0-1 in C-USA.
Tulsa dropped the doubles point after losing in the top two flights. Anastasia Erofeeva and Jie Zeng lost a tough 8-6 decision to Julie Chao and Ana Guzman in the No. 1 position, and Alexandra Kichoutkin and Rebecca Row fell to Jessica Jackson and Rebecca Lin, 8-6, in the No. 2 position. Thalia Diaz-Barriga and Ewa Szatkowska earned Tulsa's only doubles win with an 8-7 (5) decision over Rebekka Hanle and Alex and Rasch in the No. 3 slot.
The Hurricane continued to struggle early on in singles play, losing the first two matches in the No. 2 and 3 positions the fall behind 3-0. Senior Thalia Diaz-Barriga lost to Ana Guzman, 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 3 slot, and junior Jie Zeng fell to Rebekka Hanle, 6-0, 6-2, in the No. 2 position.
Tulsa roared back to win the next three singles matches to tie the score at 3-3. Junior Rebecca Row defeated Rebecca Lin, 7-5, 6-4, in No. 5 singles, followed by sophomore Alexandra Kichoutkin knocking off Julie Chao, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0, in the No. 1 position. Freshman Ewa Szatkowska tied the match with a 7-6 (2), 6-4, win over Varsha Shiva-Shankar in the No. 6 slot. Erofeeva clinched the victory with her win in the No. 4 position.
No. 50 Tulsa is back in action at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow against conference opponent Houston at the John E. Hoff Courts in Houston, Texas.
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