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Tennis: Women play home match Saturday

by Mike Sherman Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm •  Published: February 22, 2008

The OU women’s tennis team opens the first of six straight home contests Saturday, Feb. 23, when it host Alabama at The Greens Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City.

Matches will begin at 1 p.m.

This will be the fourth time the two teams have met. Alabama (3-4) currently holds a 3-0 series record over OU (4-2).

“We always look forward to playing Bama,” OU head coach Mark Johnson said. “They always have a very strong program and every meeting has been a great match.”

The two teams last met Feb. 24, 2007, with Alabama taking a 4-3 decision at the University of Alabama Varsity Courts.

Oklahoma comes into Saturday’s match after falling 5-2, on the road, to 34th ranked Wichita State.

Alabama recorded a 6-1 victory over Georgia State in its last match Wednesday, Feb. 21 at home.

“Saturday should be a great matchup,” said Johnson. “I feel like we have had a great week of practice and have learned from our loss last Friday.”

The Sooners are led by freshman Ana-Maria Constantinescu at the No. 1 singles position. The Romania native has earned a 5-0 record in dual matches this season. In doubles action, she has teamed up with senior Chelsea Orr to go undefeated at No. 1 doubles.

“Both Ana and Chelsea have been playing very well for us,” said Johnson. “They have both really stepped up in their own ways.”

Fans in attendance at Saturday’s match will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a racquet as well as an OU T-shirt and hat. The drawings will take place between singles and doubles play.

by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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