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No. 21 Women's Tennis Faces No. 53 Long Beach State Friday at 1 p.m. in First Round of NCAA Championships

No. 21 University of Tulsa women's tennis team travels to Stanford, Calif., to face No. 53 Long Beach State on Friday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
No. 21 University of Tulsa women's tennis team travels to Stanford, Calif., to face No. 53 Long Beach State on Friday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
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May 7, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - No. 21 University of Tulsa women's tennis team travels to Stanford, Calif., to face No. 53 Long Beach State on Friday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Championships.

The Golden Hurricane (17-5) received an at-large bid into the tournament after falling in the championship match to No. 29 Rice 4-2, while Long Beach State (20-2) received an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the Big West Tournament.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools under TU head coach Dean Orford.

Tulsa has posted 5-10 record in the NCAA Tournament and this is the eighth straight season that the Hurricane has made it to the tournament.

Freshman Marcelina Cichon, who was named on the All-Conference USA Singles and Doubles First Teams, leads the Golden Hurricane with a 30-6 overall record, including a 19-3 record in dual competition. The 30 wins are tied for the ninth most in school history and the fourth most in school history by a freshman.

Senior Maria Sant'Anna and sophomore Renata Kuricova each has recorded 22 wins this season. Sant'Anna, a C-USA Singles Second Team member, has posted a 22-12 record, including a 10-6 record in dual competition, while Kuricova, a C-USA Singles and Doubles First Teams member, has posted a 22-9 record, including a 9-5 record in dual competition.

Freshman Rongrong Leenabanchong, an All-C-USA Single Second Team member, has posted a 21-7 record this season, including an 8-3 record in dual competition.

The three freshmen of Cichon, Leenabanchong and Yelena Nemchen have posted a 67-22 (.753) overall record this season, including a 35-13 (.729) in dual competition.

The Golden Hurricane has posted an 11-5 record this season against ranked opponents, while Long Beach State is 1-2 against ranked opponents.

The 49ers has five players who have recorded 20-plus singles wins this season, led by Maeva Razakosoa with a 29-5 record, Karolina Rozenberg with a 27-7 record, Julie Gerard with a 26-8 record, Hayley Thompson with a 25-9 record and a Ebba Unden with a 20-15 record.

The winner between Tulsa and Long Beach State faces the winner of No. 11 Stanford and Quinnipac at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Stanford and Quinnipac match is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday.

Stanford (16-2) received an at-large bid, while Quinnipac (13-10) received an automatic bid after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The Cardinals have six singles athletes ranked in the top-60 lead by Kristie Ahn at No. 3, Carol Zhao at No. 21, Taylor Davidson at No. 50, Krista Hardebeck at No. 51 and Caroline Doyle at No. 57. Stanford also has two doubles team ranked of No. 10 Ahn and Zhao and No. 50 Ellen Tsay and Davidson.

Under Orford, the Golden Hurricane has not faced either opponent.

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