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Women's Tennis Begins Six Match Road Swing In Sunflower State

Coach Dean Orford and Assistant Coach Kali Krisik
Coach Dean Orford and Assistant Coach Kali Krisik
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Feb. 8, 2013

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The University of Tulsa women's tennis team hits the road for a six-match road swing, begining in Kansas. The Hurricane will begin its trek in the Sunflower State with a Saturday showdown with No. 60 Kansas State as first serve from Manhattan, Kansas is set for 11 a.m. Tulsa will face Kansas on Sunday in a 12 p.m. affair in Lawrence, Kansas.

The First Serve

• Under Head Coach Dean Orford, TU holds a 6-1 record against both Kansas and Kansas State.

• The Golden Hurricane is riding a 39-home match winning streak and TU is a perfect 4-0 at home this season.

• The doubles tandem of Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique hold a perfect 4-0 record through four matches of play this year. Vickers also holds a perfect 4-0 record in singles competition.

• After this weekend, TU will hit the road for its next six matches with trips to Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Oklahoma State on the docket. Additionally, Tulsa will face Ohio State in Fayetteville, Ark., on February 24.

STREAKING AT HOME

Tulsa is currently riding a 39-match win streak at the friendly confines of Case Tennis Center. The streak began Feb. 21, 2010 with a 6-1 triumph over Kansas. The Golden Hurricane won its last 10 home matches in 2010, which included all three matches in the 2010 Conference USA Championship. Tulsa followed that up with an unblemished 14-0 mark at home in 2011, and the team won all 11 matches at home last season. TU is also a perfect 4-0 at home this season. The last time TU fell at Case Tennis Center was Feb. 17, 2010, when the blue and gold dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to in-state rival Oklahoma. Coach Dean Orford has posted a ridiculous 100-11 (.901) home record during his seven-plus seasons at the helm of the women's program.


 

 

HITTING THE ROAD:

TU will play ten of its next 11 contests on the road, with the lone home match being against South Alabama on March 3. During the stretch, TU will play at Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, North Texas, Saint Mary's and San Francisco. In addition, the Hurricane will face Ohio State in Fayetteville, Ark. 

VICKERS NAMED C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Junior Samantha Vickers was named the Conference USA women's tennis athlete of the week for the week of Jan. 28- Feb. 3, the league announced on Tuesday.

Vickers led the Golden Hurricane to two victories over ranked opponents last weekend as the No. 124 singles player in the nation went 4-0. Vickers defeated Lucia Kovalova of Wichita State 6-2, 6-1 as TU defeated No. 64 Wichita State 6-1. Against No. 32 Rice, Vickers defeated No. 50 ranked Natalie Beazant 6-2, 6-0. 

She teamed up with sophomore Isaura Enrique to win both doubles matches. The Tulsa tandem defeated Lucia Kovalova and Veronika Blaskova of WSU 8-2, and took down No. 56 Natalie Beazant and Dominque Harmath of Rice 8-3. Vickers and Enrique are ranked No. 9 in the nation and are a perfect 4-0 on the season.

LAST TIME OUT:

No. 64  Wichita State (January 31, 2013)

 The No. 23-ranked Tulsa women's tennis team claimed a 6-1 victory over the Wichita State Shockers in a non-conference matchup on Thursday afternoon.

The Hurricane jumped out to the early lead by capturing the doubles point as the No. 1 team of Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique, the nation's ninth-ranked doubles team, claimed an 8-2 victory and the freshman tandem of Renata Kuricova and Belen Rivera topped off the doubles point with an 8-4 win. At No. 3 singles, Farley fell to Gumulya 6-3, 6-3, while at No. 5 singles Benito fell to Romy Koelzer 6-2, 7-6 (7-1). The Tigers clinched the match at the No. 4 flight as Tristen Dewar defeated Saarteinen 6-3, 6-2.

At No. 1 singles, Vickers won her match in quick fashion with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Lucia Kovalova, while Kuricova gave the Hurricane a 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Julia Schiller at the No. 6 position.

Senior Michelle Farley sealed the team victory for the Hurricane at the No. 4 position with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Carla Venticinque to give the home team a 4-0 lead. Tulsa's Enrique defeated Wichita State's Rebecca Pedrazzi at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 4-6, and captured the tiebreaker in the final set.

Freshman Carol Benito was the next to finish her match at flight 5 giving the Hurricane a 6-0 lead. Benito had a relatively easy first set winning 6-3, then clinched the point 7-6 in the second set by winning with a 7-4 tiebreaker.

The final match of the day went three sets between Tulsa's Maria Sant'Anna and the Shockers' Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul, at flight three. Sant Anna lost the first set 6-7 against Mahajaroenkul, but came back strong in the second set with a 6-2 win. However, Mahajaroenkul grabbed the victory in the tiebreaker to prevent a Golden Hurricane sweep.

No. 32 Rice (February 3, 2013)

 Tulsa's Samantha Vickers, Isaura Enrique and Michelle Farley captured impressive victories at the top three singles positions in leading the No. 23-ranked Tulsa women's tennis team to a 5-2 victory over Conference USA rival Rice on Sunday afternoon at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

After the Hurricane took an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point, Vickers' win at flight one put Tulsa ahead of the Owls 2-0 in the team scoring. Vickers, ranked 124th in the nation, dominated the nation's 50th-ranked Natalie Beazant by scores of 6-2 and 6-0.

Senior Michelle Farley gave Tulsa a 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Katie Gater in the third flight. Tulsa clinched the team victory moments later when sophomore Isaura Enrique put the Hurricane ahead 4-0 when she turned back Rice's Dominique Harmath 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 position.

Rice captured its first point making the score 4-1 when Liat Zimmerman took a two-set victory over Tulsa freshman Saana Saarteinen at the No. 5 position, winning 6-4, 6-2. The Owls made it 4-2 when Solomiya Zinko downed Carol Benito 6-3, 6-4 at flight No. 6.

Tulsa's Maria Sant'Anna and Rice's Kimberly Anicete, a pair of juniors, had a stiff battle at flight 4, going to tiebreakers in both sets as Sant'Anna captured the 7-6, 7-6 win to close out the match and give the Hurricane a 5-2 victory. She won the tiebreakers 7-5 and 7-4.

The Hurricane jumped out to the 1-0 lead by grabbing the doubles victory with wins by the nation's ninth-ranked doubles tandem of Vickers and Enrique at the No. 1 flight, 8-3, over Rice's 56th-ranked team of Beazant and Harmath. After trailing 3-2, Tulsa's No. 3 duo of Renata Kuricova and Maria Sant'Anna scored four straight points against Rice's Zinko and Zimmerman to take a 6-3 lead and held on for an 8-6 victory to clinch the doubles point for Tulsa.

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