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Oct. 19, 2011

TULSA, Okla. - The TU women's tennis team will play host to the 2011 USTA/ITA Central Region Championship Oct. 20-24 at Case Tennis Center. The women's event returns to Tulsa after a three-year hiatus, and this will mark the fifth time since the building of the new facility in December 2001 that TU will play host to the regional championship (2002, `04, `06, `07, `11).

The Tulsa men will also be hosting the event, and this will be the fifth time the two teams have both hosted (2002, `04, `06, `07, `11). The qualifying tournament will be held Oct. 20, and the singles and doubles Main Draws will run from Oct. 21 through Oct. 24.

The regional championship will be played on all 18 courts (12 outdoor, six indoor) in the first few days, with the Round of 16 through the championship matches being played indoors.

TU STARTS FALL SEASON IN MIDLAND, NORMAN
Tulsa competed at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational and the Sooner Fall Invitational in the opening weekend of the fall campaign. Senior Anastasia Erofeeva had the deepest run in Midland, as she advanced all the way to the quarterfinals. Sophomore Sam Vickers fell in her opening match, but won three contests in the consolation draw to reach the championship match. Sophomore Maria Sant'Anna posted 2-1 record in both singles and doubles in Norman, teaming with senior Bonny Davidson in doubles play.

TULSA ENDS 2011 IN SECOND ROUND OF NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
Tulsa reached the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship for the third time in the last four years and for the fifth time in school history in 2011. The Golden Hurricane defeated No. 44 Nebraska 4-2 in the opening round of the NCAA Tourney and fell to No. 10 Michigan 4-1 in the Ann Arbor Regional. The season was historic for Tulsa as the team won a school-record 26 matches and went on a school-record 21-match win streak from Feb. 12 to May 14.

 

 

GOLDEN HURRICANE WINS FOURTH C-USA CROWN IN FIVE YEARS
In the closest championship match in conference history, the Golden Hurricane came from behind to defeat No. 33 SMU 4-3 to win its fourth league title in the last five years. Tulsa captured the doubles point and held a 2-1 advantage after sophomore Michelle Farley won her singles match. TU then lost the next two matches to fall behind 3-2, but freshman Sam Vickers and senior Jo-Anne Karaitiana rallied the team to capture the only 4-3 decision in championship history. Tulsa also defeated Tulane and No. 66 Rice in the tournament to reach the finals.

TU SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS
The 2011 version of the Golden Hurricane broke the school record for wins in a single season, as the team ended the season at 26-3 (.897). Tulsa also boasted a 21-match win streak, which included a Conference USA Championship and a trip to the NCAA Second Round. The team recorded a 12-3 record against ranked opponents. The previous record for single-season wins was the 23 victories posted in the 2009 campaign.

SIX MEMBERS OF THE GOLDEN HURRICANE EARN POSTSEASON RECOGNITION
The Conference USA champions had six players earn postseason distinction in 2011. The mark was the most in school history and tied Tulane (2004) for the most postseason honorees in league history. Senior Alexandra Kichoutkin was named to the All-Conference USA First Team for the fourth-straight year, making her just the fourth player in league history to be named to the first team all four years. The other four-time honorees were Kellie Schmitt (Marshall, 2006-09), Mirela Vladulescu (UAB, 1998-01) and Elisa Penalvo (Marquette, 1997-00). Junior Anastasia Erofeeva, sophomore Michelle Farley and freshman Sam Vickers were all named to the All-Conference USA Second Team. Erofeeva earned her third-straight postseason honor (2010 Second Team, 2009 Third Team), and both Farley and Vickers earned their first-career laurels. Vickers was also named the Freshman of the Year. Junior Ewa Szatkowska was named to the All-Conference USA Third Team. Tulsa was the only school with two doubles teams to be named to postseason squads. Both the senior duo of Kichoutkin and Jo-Anne Karaitiana and the junior tandem of Erofeeva and Szatkowska were named to the All-Conference USA Doubles Third Team. Head coach Dean Orford was named the C-USA Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.

TULSA EARNS HIGHEST TEAM RANKING IN SCHOOL HISTORY
The University of Tulsa women's tennis team was slotted at No. 21 in the nation in the Final Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released May 30. The Golden Hurricane moved up one spot from the May 2 mark after wrapping up the season in the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship Second Round. The No. 21 rank is the highest end-of-year ranking in school history. The team was ranked No. 19 on April 5, which was the highest in school history, with the ranking system beginning in 1997-98. Senior Alexandra Kichoutkin ended her career ranked No. 109 in the nation.

ORFORD BREAKS TU ALL-TIME WINS MARK, WINS TWO COACH OF YEAR AWARDS
Tulsa coach Dean Orford broke the school record for career wins in his sixth season at the helm. He now has 128 career victories to just 38 losses for a school-record .771 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. In 2011, Orford led TU to a school-record 26 wins and a .897 win percentage. He was named the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year and the Conference USA Coach of the Year for his efforts on the record-breaking campaign.