Feb. 6, 2013
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team is set to take on Minnesota and Arkansas this weekend in their first home matches of the season.
No. 42 Oklahoma State (2-1) will face No. 41 Minnesota on Saturday before matching up with No. 37 Arkansas on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City.
Last Time Out
The Cowgirls are coming off of an appearance at ITA Kickoff Weekend in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 27 and 28. In the weekend’s first match, Oklahoma State fell just short against Georgia State, losing in a close 4-3 match. In the second match, the Cowgirls defeated Columbia 4-3.
No. 70 Georgia State 4, No. 40 Oklahoma State 3
January 29, 2013| Athens, Ga. | Hopkins Indoor Courts
Singles | Order of finish: 1,3,4,2,5,6
No. 29 Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) def. Malika Rose (OSU) 6-4,6-3
No. 89 Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Masa Grgan (GSU) 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
Whitney Byrd (GSU) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Linn Timmermann (GSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Chaimaa Roudami (GSU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Jocelyn Ffriend (GSU) def. Lorena Gheorghe (OSU) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles | Order of finish: 2,3,1
No. 19 Masa Grgan/Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) def. Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 8-7 (8-6)
Whitney Byrd/Maryna Kozachecnko (GSU) def. Meghan Blevins/ Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 8-6
Maria Alvarez/Lorena Gheorghe (OSU) def. Jocelyn Ffriend/Linn Timmermann (GSU) 8-7 (9-7)
No. 40 Oklahoma State 4, No. 73 Columbia 3
January 28, 2013 | Athens, Ga. | Hopkins Indoor Courts
Singles| Order of finish: 2,3,4,1,6,5
No. 1 – Malika Rose (OSU) def. No. 24 Nicole Bartnik (COL) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
No. 2 – No. 81 Bianca Sanon (COL) def. No. 89 Meghan Blevins (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 – No. 85 Kanika Vaidya (COL) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
No. 4 – Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Lauren Stratman (COL) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 – Crystal Leung (COL) def. Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 6 – Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles| Order of finish: 2,3,1
No. 1 – Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. No. 37 Bianca Sanon/Tiana Takenaga (COL) 8-6
No. 2 – Karyn Guttormsen/Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Nicole Bartnik/Crystal Leung (COL) 8-3
No. 3 – Kanika Vaidya/Lauren Stratman (COL) def. Maria Alvarez/C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 8-7 (8-6)
Saturday’s matchup with Minnesota will be the third time the two programs have met. Oklahoma State and Minnesota have split the series with one win a piece since the first time the two teams matched up during the 1986-87 season. The last time the Cowgirls and Gophers clashed was Feb. 14, 1998 in Boise, Id., where Minnesota defeated Oklahoma State, 7-2.
The Cowgirls and Razorbacks have collided 14 times in the two programs’ histories. Oklahoma State holds a 10-4 advantage in the series record. The last time these two teams met was last season in Fayetteville, Ark., where the 32nd ranked Razorbacks grabbed a narrow 4-3 victory on their home court.
Cowgirls in the Rankings
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team dropped two spots to No. 42 in the most recent team rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Cowgirls are represented in the ITA singles and doubles rankings as well. The doubles team made up of senior C.C. Sardinha and sophomore Meghan Blevins earned the 39th ranking in doubles. Blevins also made an appearance in the singles rankings, coming in at 89th.
Eyeing the Opponents
The Cowgirls will take on two ranked opponents this weekend in Minnesota and Arkansas. The Gophers will travel to Stillwater ranked one spot ahead of Oklahoma State at No. 41. Minnesota is 2-4 on the season with wins over Marquette and Montana, both at home. The Gophers are coming off of two losses to Louisville and Virginia Tech at ITA Kickoff Weekend in Blacksburg, Va., earlier this month.
Arkansas also sits ahead of the Cowgirls in the rankings in the 37th spot, and currently holds a 4-2 record. The Razorbacks’four wins include a 5-2 victory over No. 35 Washington State, as well as three shutout 7-0 wins over Prairie View A&M, University of Texas Pan-American and Lamar.
Neither opponent boasts a singles player or doubles team in the ITA rankings.
The Cowgirls will be well prepared when they enter Big 12 play in March. Of their 11 nonconference matches, nine are against opponents appearing in the ITA team rankings. Five of those nine opponents are currently ranked in the top 40.
Freshman Maria Alvarez has gotten off to a strong start in her first spring season, notching a 3-0 record in singles play thus far. Alvarez has been impressive in her first three singles matches of the spring, playing in the No. 4 spot or the Cowgirls. The freshman defeated Wichita State’s Veronika Blaskova 6-4, 6-1 in Oklahoma State’s sweep of the Shockers. Alvarez defeated Linn Timmermann of Georgia State 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in the second match of the season in Athens, Ga., at ITA Kickoff Weekend, then pulled out a hard fought 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lauren Stratman to help lift the Cowgirls over Columbia in their second match in Athens.
Climbing the Record Books
With one more singles victory, Cowgirl senior Malika Rose can claim sole possession of the tenth spot on the school’s all-time singles wins list. Rose has 55 singles wins in her career, and currently sits tied at No. 10 on the list with Martina Hautova, who also had 55 singles wins during her time at Oklahoma State.