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Lions Fall to #59 Oklahoma State

Jan. 20, 2008

TULSA, OK - The LMU women's tennis team finished off weekend play at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Sunday, losing to 59th ranked Oklahoma State in a tough match, 4-0.

LMU struggled throughout the day against the Cowgirls, as senior Pavla Mesterova did not finish her singles match at the No. 1 slot. Senior Tamara Tanner and junior Tina Razloznik also did not finish at the No. 2 and 3 singles positions.

In other singles play, sophomore Audrey Bulkley was defeated by Sasha Belova (6-3, 6-3). At the No. 4 slot, Cowgirl JoAnne Karaitiana defeated freshman Jasmin Heckel in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, while sophomore Bliss Nixon fell to Maryna Tkachenko, 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles action, Oklahoma State's Allen/Shatkovskaya combination narrowly defeated Mesterova and Tanner at the No. 1 position, 8-6. In another close match, Razloznik and Heckel fell to Tkachenko/ Karaitiana, 9-7. Finally, the Cowgirls duo of Belova/Tkachanko defeated LMU's Nixon and Bulkley, 8-4.

Up next for LMU, the Lions head back to Southern California to take on San Diego State in San Diego on February 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Singles1. Iryna Tkachenko (OSU) vs. Pavla Mesterova (LMU) DNF
2. Yawna Allen (OSU) vs. Tamara Tanner (LMU) DNF
3. Nataliya Shatkovskaya (OSU) vs. Tina Razloznik (LMU) DNF
4. JoAnne Karaitiana (OSU) def. Jasmin Heckel (LMU) (6-2, 6-2)
5. Sasha Belova (OSU) def. Audrey Bulkley (LMU) (6-3, 6-3)
6. Maryna Tkachenko (OSU) def. Bliss Nixon (LMU) (6-1, 6-1)

Doubles1. Allen/Shatkovskaya (OSU) def. Mesterova/Tanner (LMU) (8-6)
2. Tkachenko/Karaitiana (OSU) def. Razloznik/Heckel (LMU) (9-7)
3. Belova/Tkachenko (OSU) def. Nixon/Bulkley (LMU) (8-4)