May 11, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team ended its spring season with a loss to Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Championship, 4-1, at the Alabama Tennis Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
“Today was a battle of two great teams,” coach Chris Young said. “I’m so proud of our girls for the way we competed and how we’ve improved since the fall when we played this same team.”
Georgia Tech earned the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 2. GT’s No. 23 duo of Jillian O’Neill and Alex Anghelescu defeated the No. 39 tandem, Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana, 8-3. The Yellow Jackets picked up another 8-3 win at No. 2 against Meghan Blevins and Mary Jeremiah to seal the point, and play at the No. 3 position did not finish.
The Cowgirls fired back by winning the first set of four singles matches. However, the squad could not hold on to the advantage as some fell in the second set, and Georgia Tech picked up wins at Nos. 2, 3 and 6 to earn the win.
The Cowgirls’ lone point came on court No. 5 where Mary Jeremiah defeated Lynn Blau, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Play at Nos. 1 and 4 was closely contested, but did not finish.
Oklahoma State wraps up one of its most successful seasons of the past decade with an 11-10 overall record and 5-4 mark in Big 12 competition.
It was the Cowgirls’ first NCAA tournament appearance since 2003, and the season highlight was an upset win over then-No.6 Texas, possibly the biggest win in program history, to secure a spot in the national tournament.
“We have a lot to build on with a young team that gained a lot of experience this year,” Young said. “I couldn’t be more proud.”
Georgia Tech 4, Oklahoma State 1
DOUBLES | Order of finish: 2,1
No. 1 – #23 Jillian O’Neill/Alex Anghelescu (GT) def. #39 Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU), 8-3
No. 2 – Lynn Blau/Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Meghan Blevins/Mary Jeremiah (OSU), 8-3
No. 3 – C.C. Sardinha/Isabela Miro (OSU) vs. Caroline Lilley/Muriel Wacker (GT), 6-4 dnf
SINGLES | Order of finish: 6,2,5,3
No. 1 – C.C. Sardinha (OSU) vs. #11 Jillian O’Neill (GT) 6-4, 2-6 4-3dnf
No. 2 – Caroline Lilley (GT) def. Malika Rose (OSU) 1-6, 6-1, 3-0, ret.
No. 3 – Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Meghan Blevins (OSU) 6-3, 7-6
No. 4 – Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) vs. Alex Anghelescu (GT) 6-3, 5-7 dnf
No. 5 – Mary Jeremiah (OSU) def. Lynn Blau (GT) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
No. 6 – Christina Ngo (GT) def. Isabela Miro (OSU) 6-2, 6-0