Jan. 31, 2014
STILLWATER - Oklahoma State's women's tennis team fell to 28th-ranked Tulsa, 4-3, on Friday in a tight match.
The Cowgirls were outstanding in doubles, taking matches on one and three to take the doubles point. Karyn Guttormsen and Katarina Adamovic downed Tulsa's Renata Kuricova and Yelena Nemchen, 6-1, on three. Cowgirls Kanyapat Narattana and Viktoriya Lushkova clinched the point for Oklahoma State by knocking off Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique, 7-5 on one.
In singles the competition was intense, with five of the six matches being decided by third-set tiebreakers. Karyn Guttormsen was defeated 7-6(5), 7-5 in a match that was closely-contested throughout to tie the score at one.
Megan McCray knocked off 46th-ranked Yelena Nemchen of Tulsa, 6-3, 6-7(5), 1-0(3), on three to give the Cowgirls back the lead. Cowgirl Viktoriya Lushkova added to that lead by taking her first and third sets to defeat Isaura Enrique.
The Golden Hurricane responded by taking a pair of matches on six and one to tie the score up at three. On one, Cowgirl senior Kanyapat Narattana bounced back from dropping her first set to take her second, pushing her match to a third-set tiebreaker. Narattana fell short in the tiebreaker, however, giving the win to 47th-ranked Samantha Vickers of Tulsa.
Soon after the match on one ended, Carla Tur Mari won a tiebreaker in the second set, 6-1, leaving the outcome of the match to a third-set tiebreaker between the Oklahoma State freshman and Tulsa's Maria Sant'Anna. Tur Mari led 7-5 late into the tiebreaker, but was ultimately upended by Sant'Anna, giving the 4-3 victory to the Golden Hurricane.
"There really aren't any words to say," Cowgirl tennis coach Chris Young said. "The kids fought tough. Every match was close. To lose three matches 10-8 in the third (set) is heartbreaking for the kids because they put so much into it. It's been a tough first few weeks but the kids are battling hard and I think that good things are going to come from it."
The Cowgirls will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to face the 49th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at 12 p.m.
No. 28 Tulsa 4, No. 31 Oklahoma State 3
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | Greenwood Tennis Center | Stillwater, Okla.
Doubles | Order of finish: 3,1,unf.
No. 1 - Narattana/Lushkova (OSU) def. Vickers/Enrique (TUL) 7-5
No. 2 - Tur Mari/Alvarez (OSU) vs. Sant'Anna/Leenabanchong (TUL) 4-5, unf.
No. 3 - Guttormsen/Adamovic (OSU) def. Kuricova/Nemchen (TUL) 6-1
Singles | Order of finish: 5,3,2,6,1,4
No. 1 - No. 47 Samantha Vickers (TUL) def. No. 59 Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(7)
No. 2 - Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) def. Isaura Enrique (TUL) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0(3)
No. 3 - Megan McCray (OSU) def. No. 46 Yelena Nemchen (TUL) 6-3, 6-7(5), 1-0(8)
No. 4 - Maria Sant'Anna (TUL) def. Carla Tur Mari (OSU) 7-6(5), 6-7(1), 1-0(8)
No. 5 - Renata Kuricova (TUL) def. Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 7-6(5), 7-5
No. 6 - Marcelina Cichon (TUL) def. Maria Alvarez (OSU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(8)