Feb. 25, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team went 1-1 for the day after facing No. 20 Alabama and No. 40 Princeton on Saturday at the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala.
Due to a rain out on the first day of competition, doubles were not played in Saturday’s matches.
The Cowgirls started the day with singles play against Alabama. Kanyapat Narattana snatched up a, 6-2, 6-3, win at No. 4, but OSU fell at Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 6, giving Alabama a 4-1 victory. The match at No. 3 was not finished.
"This was a difficult match to lose because we had it in our hands,” coach Chris Young said. “I give a lot of credit to Alabama for rising up and showing their will. It is a learning experience for us moving forward on how to close out tough matches."
The Cowgirls gained momentum in the second match of the day, when they upset the No. 40 Princeton Tigers, 4-1. Wins for OSU came from C.C. Sardinha, Meghan Blevins and Mary Jeremiah at Nos. 1, 3 and 5, respectively. Isabela Miro added a point for the Cowgirls with a win by forfeit at No. 6.
Blevins came back strong from a 6-1 loss in the first set against Rachel Saiontz to win the next two sets, 6-0, 7-6(2).
Sardinha and Jeremiah won their matches in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-3.
Malika Rose’s match at No. 2 was not finished, and Narattana suffered her first loss of the day against Katherine Flanigan, 3-6, 6-7(6).
Princeton is the highest-ranked opponent the Cowgirls have defeated since 2008.
"I am very proud of girls for the win over a very good team that competed very hard against us,” Young said. “It didn't come easy but our girls are beginning to realize what it takes to become a strong team. This is a great tournament and every team is tough. We look forward to another challenge tomorrow."
No. 20 Alabama 4, Oklahoma State 1
Oklahoma State 4, No. 40 Princeton 1