OKLAHOMA CITY After the first round Thursday, Oklahoma State had virtually clinched its 10th consecutive Big Eight women's tennis title.
Oklahoma State netters won all nine of their first-round matches and needed only one second-round doubles win today to take home the title.
The race for second, however, is a tight one. Oklahoma had a slim lead over Nebraska with 82 points to the Huskers' 77. Kansas was fourth with 72 followed by Colorado 55, Kansas State 54, Iowa State 30 and Missouri 10.
Rain forced Thursday's competition indoors and matches were held at four different sites.
Kansas won five of its six first-round singles matches, led by Eveline Hamers at No. 1 who defeated Kim Dempsey of Iowa State, 6-1, 6-2. However, the Jayhawks won only one of three first-round doubles matches.
BIG EIGHT WOMEN'S TENNIS Thursday at Oklahoma City
Team scoring: Oklahoma State 112, Oklahoma 82, Nebraska 77, Kansas 72, Colorado 55, Kansas State 54, Iowa State 30, Missouri 10. Kansas Results First-Round Singles
No. 1 Eveline Hamers def. Kim Dempsey, ISU, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 Bernadette Brennan, OU, def. Stacey Stotts, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 Renee Raychaudhuri def. Diane Athey, OU, 7-5, 7-6 (3).
No. 4 Page Goins def. Rachel Collins, NU, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 5 Mindy Pelz def. Lori McArthur, MU, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 6 Laura Hagemann def. Suzanne Sim, KSU, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. First-Round Doubles
No. 1 Monika Wanike-Jackie Booth, OSU, def. Hamers-Goins, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
No. 2 Marijke Nel-Valerie Rive, KSU, def. Hagemann-Stotts, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3 Pelz-Raychaudhuri def. Theresa Burcham-Suzanne Sim, KSU, 6-3, 6-3. Second-Round Doubles Semifinals
Joanna Meagher-Parker, OSU, def. Pelz-Raychaudhuri, 6-0, 6-0. Consolation
Hamers-Goins def. Sara Hancock-Schildknecht, KSU, score unavailable.
Hagemann-Stotts def. Allison Felton-Courtney Carithers, MU, 6-0, 6-0.