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Feb. 2, 2001

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa's top doubles tandem of senior Jennifer DeSpain junior and Jana Sedivec dropped a three-set decision to top-seeded Paola Palencia and Ipek Senoglu of Pepperdine, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, in the first round of the 2001 Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at the Brookhaven Country Club near Dallas.

With the loss, DeSpain and Sedivec had their 12-match win streak snapped and fell to 13-2 on the season. The duo will play in the consolation round on Friday afternoon against Lauren Barnikow and Lauren Kalvaria of Stanford.

The Rolex National Intercollegiate features a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including qualifiers from ITA Regional Championships held across the country during the fall, the Rolex National Small College champions, the winners of the first two legs of the 2000-01 ITA Grand Slam (the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court and All-American Championships) and at large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 5,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and Rolex National Intercollegiate Championships.

The Rolex National Intercollegiates were inaugurated in 1978 and are being held at Brookhaven Country Club and hosted by SMU for the eighth consecutive year. Next season the event will be moved from the winter to the fall and will be played November 8-11, 2001.

The ITA Grand Slam also includes the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships, ITA/Riviera All-American Championships and year-end NCAA Championships.