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Feb. 18, 2011

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TULSA, Okla. - The No. 37-ranked University of Tulsa women's tennis team (6-2) heads north to take on a struggling Kansas Jayhawk squad and a streaking Kansas State Wildcat team this weekend. TU will travel to Lawrence, Kan., for a showdown with KU at 11 a.m. Feb. 19. The Golden Hurricane will then head to Manhattan, Kan., for a match with No. 51-ranked K-State at noon Feb. 20.

Both Kansas teams traveled to Tulsa last year and were sent back to the Sunflower State with 6-1 losses.

Kansas State currently has a 6-0 mark, which is the best start to a season since 1989. Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic are both 6-0 in singles play this spring, and Petra Chuda, Ana Gomez Aleman and Antea Huljev are all 5-1.

KU is 1-2 this year with a win over Drake and losses to Santa Clara and No. 72 Washington State. Dylan Windom leads the Jayhawks with a 2-0 mark, and Paulina Los is 2-1.

Tulsa split a pair of 4-3 decisions in Fayetteville last weekend. The Golden Hurricane took care of No. 69 Texas Tech, but lost to No. 21 Arkansas. Ewa Szatkowska led the charge with a 4-0 mark, winning both singles matches at No. 4 singles and teaming with Anastasia Erofeeva for two wins at No. 2 doubles. Bonny Davidson was 2-1, splitting her doubles matches with Michelle Farley and winning her lone singles match. In the teams win over the Red Raiders, TU lost the doubles point for just the second time this year, but the Golden Hurricane bounced back to take four of the six singles matches.

The University of Tulsa women's tennis team held firm at No. 37 in the most-recent Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released Feb. 14. The team has hovered around the mid-30's throughout the season. TU does not have any singles players or doubles teams in the national ranks.

Tulsa coach Dean Orford is in his sixth season at the helm, and earlier this year he broke the school record for career wins. He now has 108 career victories to just 37 losses for a school-record .745 win percentage. His record-breaking victory came Jan. 21 with a 7-0 victory over Mississippi State. He passed Paige McMurray (1998-05), who ended her career with a 104-65 mark.