Feb. 10, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team earned its second win of the weekend on Sunday with a 4-3 win over the 37th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City.
No. 42 Oklahoma State (4-1) fell behind early, losing the doubles point to the Razorbacks. Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana took the second doubles match 8-4 after Yang Pang and Brittany Huxley of Arkansas defeated Cowgirls Meghan Blevins and Karyn Guttormsen.
After falling behind 6-3 on the third court, Maria Alvarez and Lorena Gheorghe nearly came back to tie the match at seven games a piece, but Kimberly Ann-Surin and Sarah McLean of Arkansas were able to withstand the Cowgirl rally, taking the 8-6 victory.
Behind 1-0 to the Razorbacks, the Cowgirls turned it around in singles play. After an impressive performance over Minnesota on Saturday, senior C.C. Sardinha was a dominant force on Sunday as well, grabbing the 6-0, 6-3 victory over Sarah McLean of Arkansas and tying the match at one point a piece.
Oklahoma State freshman Maria Alvarez defeated Kimberly-Ann Surin 7-5, 7-5 in the fourth spot to notch her fifth victory of the season, giving her a 5-0 singles record in the spring.
Kanyapat Narattana and Malika Rose also won their matches in straight sets, adding to the Cowgirls’ powerful performance. Rose and Narattana won their matches 7-5, 6-4 and 7-5, 6-0, respectively.
After taking her first set of the day in a tiebreaker, Cowgirl sophomore Meghan Blevins battled hard, but was overcome by Claudine Paulson 7-6 (4), 7-5, 11-9.
Karyn Guttormsen took a tough loss as well, falling to Ana Hernandez 7-6(0), 6-1.
“Over my four seasons here at OSU, it’s been nice to see us steadily progress in our matches with Arkansas,” senior Malika Rose said. “We’ve always gotten closer and closer to beating them every year, so it was nice to finally get a win.”
“It was a great win for our girls and our program,” Cowgirl tennis coach Chris Young said. “Our girls responded well after losing the doubles point and played well in critical moments as the first sets were all tight. The hard work is paying off and I am excited to see the girls continue to progress throughout the season.”
The Cowgirls will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Mississippi to take on No. 27 Ole Miss in Jackson, Miss., on Friday at 2 p.m. and Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Oklahoma State 4, Arkansas 3
Feb. 10, 2013 | Oklahoma City, Okla. | The Greens Country Club
Doubles | Order of finish: 2,1,3
No. 1 - Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Claudine Paulson/ Segou Jonker (UA) 8-4
No. 2 – Yang Pang/Brittany Huxley (UA) def. Meghan Blevins/Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 8-3
No. 3 – Kimberly-Ann Surin/Sarah McLean (UA) def. Maria Alvarez/Lorena Gheorghe (OSU) 8-6
Singles | Order of finish: 3,6,5,1,4,2
No. 1 – Malika Rose (OSU) def. Yang Pang (UA) 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 – Claudine Paulson (UA) def. No. 89 Meghan Blevins (OSU) 7-6(4), 7-5, 11-9
No. 3 – C.C. Sardinha (OSU) def. Sarah McLean (UA) 6-0, 6-3
No. 4 – Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Kimberly Ann-Surin (UA) 7-5, 7-5
No. 5 – Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Brittany Huxley (UA) 7-5, 6-0
No. 6 – Ana Hernandez (UA) def. Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 7-6(0), 6-1