Jan. 29, 2014
STILLWATER - The Oklahoma State women's tennis team is set to match up with two ranked opponents this weekend. The Cowgirls will begin the weekend slate by hosting No. 28 Tulsa in their first match at the brand new Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center on Friday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. The team will then travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the 49th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 12 p.m.
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Breaking It In
The Cowgirls will play their first match in the new Greenwood Tennis Center this Friday at 6 p.m., following the Oklahoma State men's tennis match against No. 6 Tennessee that is scheduled to begin at 3:30. There will be a special recognition of Michael and Anne Greenwood by the OSU Foundation preceding the Cowgirls' match with Tulsa. Free pizza will also be provided to fans in-between the matches.
The Cowgirls hold a 12-13 all-time record against the Golden Hurricane. Oklahoma State has lost six straight matches to Tulsa, the last win being a 5-2 victory over the Golden Hurricane in Stillwater in 2006. The most recent clash between the two teams was last season when Tulsa knocked off then 27th-ranked Oklahoma State, 6-1, ending the Cowgirls' run of five-straight wins.
Oklahoma State holds an 11-4 all-time advantage to Arkansas in past meetings between the two schools. Oklahoma State knocked off 37th-ranked Arkansas, 4-3, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the last time the Cowgirls and Razorbacks collided. The Razorbacks' last win over the Cowgirls was in 2012 when Arkansas defeated Oklahoma State in Fayetteville, 4-3.
Eyeing the Opponents
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane enter the weekend slotted as the 28th-ranked team in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings released on Wednesday. Tulsa's Yelena Nemchen and Samantha Vickers are ranked No. 46 and 47, respectively, in the ITA singles rankings. The Golden Hurricane is currently sitting on a 3-1 overall record, coming off of a victory over Virginia Tech in Ann Arbor, Mich., last weekend.
Arkansas will be ranked No. 49 in the nation when the Cowgirls travel to Fayetteville to face the Razorbacks on Sunday. Yang Pang and Shannon Hudson represent the Razorbacks in the ITA singles rankings, coming in at No. 71 and No. 115, respectively. Pang and Arkansas freshman Kimberly Ann-Surin currently sit at No. 46 in the ITA doubles rankings. Arkansas enters the matchup with a 3-1 overall record. The Razorbacks were shut out, 5-0, Georgia in Athens, Ga., last Sunday.
Cowgirls in the Rankings
Oklahoma State's women's tennis team is ranked No. 31 in the latest rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Wednesday afternoon.
Although new singles and doubles rankings were not released this week, senior Kanyapat Narattana was slotted as the 59th-ranked player in the singles rankings released earlier this month.
Last Time Out
The Cowgirls are looking to bounce back from a tough pair of matches in Chicago, Ill., last weekend at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The team suffered two 4-0 losses to No. 15 Northwestern and No. 21 Notre Dame.
Top Ten and Counting
Cowgirl Kanyapat Narattana's huge fall season propelled the senior into the top ten in the Oklahoma State record books for both career singles and doubles wins in the Big 12 era. Narattana enters her final spring season with 60 career singles victories, tied for ninth in the record book with Sasha Belova. Narattana currently holds 53 doubles wins and sits in ninth after passing Martina Hautova with two wins this weekend.
Shooting for 50
Cowgirl tennis coach Chris Young has notched 48 wins during his first four seasons in Stillwater, putting him only two wins away from the 50 win mark. Two more Cowgirl victories would make Young the fourth women's tennis coach in Oklahoma State history to reach 50 wins while with the program.
Much like last season, Oklahoma State's women's tennis schedule is loaded with quality opponents. The 2014 Cowgirl tennis schedule features 23 potential opponents, and 18 of those teams appear in the latest ITA team rankings. Oklahoma State has 11 guaranteed matches with ranked teams, and appearances at the 2014 Blue-Gray Tennis Classic provide potential matchups with No. 21 Notre Dame, 26th-ranked Arizona State, No. 12 Alabama, No. 23 Auburn, 22nd-ranked Rice, No. 53 Tulane and No. 36 Yale. The Big 12 is packed with top-notch competition once again this season, with seven of the conference's twelve teams currently ranked.
Freshmen Megan McCray and Carla Tur Mari were outstanding for the Cowgirls this fall. McCray notched an impressive 11-4 singles record during the tournament season, with six of those wins coming against opponents appearing in the ITA singles rankings. McCray posted a 6-2 mark against ranked opponents. Carla Tur Mari has also played well this fall, posting a 9-7 record in singles play.
The 2013-14 season has brought several changes to the Cowgirl tennis roster. The team returns three players from the 2013 spring campaign but head coach Chris Young has brought on seven newcomers to the squad. The newcomers include sophomore transfer from Kansas State Miranda Erisman, as well as freshmen Megan McCray, Morgan McCray, Mariah Burke and Carla Tur Mari. Last Friday, Young announced the addition of Katarina Adamovic and Viktoriya Lushkova to the Cowgirl tennis roster.
Among the new faces is first year assistant coach Courtney Steinbock. Steinbock, a native of Lubbock, Texas, was brought into the program earlier this summer after spending three years as assistant coach at Mississippi State. Steinbock has also held positions at Wichita State, Washington State and her alma mater, the University of Kansas.
Keeping the Streak Alive
Over the past couple of seasons, senior Cowgirl Kanyapat Narattana and former teammate Malika Rose have become staples in the ITA doubles rankings, reaching as high as No. 14 in last fall's preseason rankings. Although Rose is gone, Narattana was featured in the 2013-14 preseason rankings, along with freshman Carla Tur Mari. Narattana is currently ranked at No. 59 in the ITA singles rankings The last time Narattana didn't appear in the ITA singles or doubles rankings was March 27, 2012.