Cowgirls Overpower Bulls in First Round of NCAA Tournament




May 9, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

The Cowgirls defeated 33rd-ranked and third-seeded South Florida, 4-0, at Linder Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It marks the first time the Cowgirls have advanced in the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years since the 1985 and 1986 seasons.

The Cowgirls (16-8) started off the match by picking up the doubles point with wins on one and two. Kanyapat Narattana and Carla Tur Mari rolled through their match on two, handling South Florida’s Alessandra Bonte and Olaya Garrido-Rivas, 8-1. Freshmen Viktoriya Lushkova and Katarina Adamovic clinched the point with an 8-2 win over Loreta Alonso-Martinez and Kayla Rizzolo on one.

In singles, Oklahoma State picked up three straight-set wins to quickly close out the Bulls.

Narattana was the first Cowgirl to strike in singles play, controlling her match on three against Olaya Garrido-Rivas, 6-1-6-1, to pick up her 73rd career singles victory and stretch the Cowgirl lead to two.

Lushkova put the Bulls’ backs against the wall when she defeated No. 71 Loreto Alonso-Martinez, 6-1, 6-3, on one. The win was the freshman’s 17th of the season.

Tur Mari picked up her fourth-consecutive straight-set victory on Friday, knocking off South Florida’s Alessandra Bonte, 6-1, 7-5, on six. After dominating the first set, the Cowgirl freshman held off Bonte in the second-set to take the win and clinch the match.

“I know that tomorrow is going to be a tough match,” Cowgirl tennis coach Chris Young said. “Playing Florida at home is never easy. They’re a very strong team with a lot of experience. We’re just excited to have this opportunity. Our girls have prepared all year to get to this place. We have nothing to lose and we’re excited about tomorrow.”


 

 

The Cowgirls will return to Linder Stadium to face the regional’s top seed Florida on Saturday at 3 p.m.

No. 2 Oklahoma State 4, No. 3 South Florida 0

May 9, 2014 | Linder Stadium | Gainesville, Fla.

 

Doubles | Order of finish, 2,1

No. 1 – Lushkova/Adamovic (OSU) def. Alonso-Martinez/Rizzolo (USF) 8-2

No. 2 – Narattana/Tur Mari (OSU) def. Bonte/Garrido-Rivas (USF) 8-1

No. 3 – Alvarez/Guttormsen (OSU) vs. Bessnova/Martinez (USF) 5-4, unf.

 

Singles | Order of finish: 3,1,6

No. 1 – No. 52 Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) def. No. 71 Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF) 6-1, 6-3

No. 2 – Megan McCray (OSU) vs. Kayla Rizzolo (USF) 4-6, 3-4, unf.

No. 3 – Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (USF) 6-1, 6-1

No. 4 – Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) vs. Vera Bessonova (USF) 1-6, 3-5, unf.

No. 5 – Katarina Adamovic (OSU) vs. Olga Martinez (USF) 6-7(6), 0-1, unf.

No. 6 – Carla Tur Mari (OSU) def. Alessandra Bonte (USF) 6-1, 7-5

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