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Feb. 22, 2013


The No. 33-ranked Tulsa women’s tennis team, will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on two ranked foes. On Saturday, the Golden Hurricane will face No. 61 Ohio State in a 1 p.m. match, and will face No. 44 Arkansas on Sunday in a 1 p.m. match.

The Series: Tulsa is 2-4 against Arkansas during Dean Orford’s tenure at Tulsa, and this marks the first time the Hurricane has faced the Buckeyes while Orford has been TU’s head coach.

Tough Stretch: The Golden Hurricane has faced a ranked opponent six of its opening nine matches of the 2013 spring campaign. TU is 3-3 in matches against ranked foes.



Last Time Out: The No. 28-ranked Tulsa women's tennis team fell to No. 41 Oklahoma in a 4-3 tilt at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.

The Golden Hurricane (6-3) rallied to tie the match at three apiece, but OU's Mia Lancaster defeated Tulsa senior Michelle Farley in a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 three-set thriller to give the match to the Sooners.

At No. 3 doubles, junior Maria Sant'Anna and freshman Renata Kuricova defeated Lancaster and Abbi Melrose 8-4, but TU fell at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to drop the doubles point.

Sophomore Isaura Enrique tied the match at one apiece as she defeated Whitney Ritchie 6-1, 2-0 (retired) at No. 2 singles.

The Hurricane knotted the match at two after Samantha Vickers, ranked No. 55 in the nation, claimed a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Hermon Brhane at No. 1 singles. Brhane entered the match ranked No. 87 in the country.

Freshman Saana Saarteinen took the first set against Whitney Wofford at No. 5 singles, but ultimately fell 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to the Sooner junior, which gave OU a 3-2 advantage.

Sant'Anna, playing at No. 4 singles, defeated Abbi Melrose in a 7-5, 5-6, 7-6 (7-5) to tie the match at three apiece before Farley lost her tilt at No. 3 singles to Lancaster.

Last Time Against The Razorbacks (April 12, 2012): The No. 26-ranked University of Tulsa women's tennis team defeated No. 43 Arkansas 7-0 Wednesday afternoon at Case Tennis Center.

The Golden Hurricane (18-3) won its eighth-consecutive match, while the Razorbacks (10-12) lost their fifth in a row. Tulsa extended its home win streak to 34 straight matches.

Tulsa opened play by sweeping the doubles point. Senior Bonny Davidson and sophomore Samantha Vickers were the first off court as they topped Stephanie Roy and Emily Carbone 8-3 on the second court.

The No. 89-ranked senior duo of Anastasia Erofeeva and Ewa Szatkowska clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 triumph over Claudine Paulson and Laurie Gingras at the top of the lineup.

Junior Michelle Farley and sophomore Maria Sant'Anna made it a clean sweep with an 8-4 victory over Catherine Parenteau and Kate Lukomskaya at the third position.

Szatkowska put Tulsa on top 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Paulson at the third court to open singles action. Freshman Isaura Enrique blanked Gingras 6-0, 6-0 on the fourth court, and No. 70-ranked Erofeeva gave Tulsa the team victory with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Roy at the first position.

Sant'Anna defeated Parenteau 6-4, 6-3 on the sixth court, and No. 67-ranked Vickers topped Carbone 6-3, 6-2 at the second flight. Farley closed proceedings with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Lukomskaya at the fifth position.

Vickers picked up her 29th singles win of the season, which ties her for eighth all-time in Tulsa history for single-season singles victories. Her and Enrique are both on eight-match win streaks in singles play.