Cowgirls Travel to Face Ole Miss and Mississippi State




Feb. 13, 2013

STILLWATER -

Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team travels to Mississippi this weekend to take on the 26th-ranked University of Mississippi Rebels and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

No. 36 Oklahoma State (4-1) will face Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., on Friday at 2 p.m., before matching up with Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Last Time Out

Oklahoma State is coming off of an impressive weekend in Oklahoma City, sweeping No. 41 Minnesota on Saturday, and narrowly defeating No. 37 Arkansas, 4-3. Cowgirls C.C. Sardinha, Kanyapat Narattana, and Malika Rose were dominant in the team’s matches, each player winning both of their singles matches in straight sets. In doubles, the dynamic duo of Rose and Narattana were victorious in both of their matches.

 

No. 42 Oklahoma State 7, No. 41 Minnesota 0

Feb. 9, 2013 Oklahoma City, Okla. The Greens Country Club

Doubles | Order of finish: 3,2,1

No. 1 - Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Natallia Pintusava/Tereza Brichacova (UM) 8-5

No. 2 - Meghan Blevins/Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Yuliana Umanets/Jessika Mozia (UM) 8-4

No. 3 - Aria Lambert/Doron Muravnik (UM) def. Maria Alvarez/Lorena Gheorghe (OSU) 8-4

Singles | 3,6,5,1,4,2

No. 1 - Malika Rose (OSU) def. Natallia Pintusava (UM) 6-3, 6-3

No. 2 - No. 89 Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Tereza Brichacova (UM) 1-6, 7-5, 11-9


 

 

No. 3 - C.C. Sardinha (OSU) def. Yuliana Umanets (UM) 6-1, 6-1

No. 4 - Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Jessika Mozia (UM) 2-6, 7-5, 11-9

No. 5 - Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Aria Lambert (UM) 6-4, 6-0

No. 6 - Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Doron Muravnik (UM) 6-1, 6-3

 

No. 42 Oklahoma State 4, No. 37 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

Matchup History

Friday will mark the fifth time that Oklahoma State and Mississippi have met. The Cowgirls hold the 3-1 advantage in the series record. The last matchup between the two programs was on Jan. 26, 2008 in Tulsa, Okla. In the match, the Cowgirls defeated the Rebels, 4-3.

In the two programs’ histories, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State have only collided once, on Jan. 22, 2011 in Tulsa, Okla. The Cowgirls dominated the match, pounding the Bulldogs, 6-1.

Cowgirls in the Rankings

Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team jumped six spots to No. 36 in the latest rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday.

The Cowgirls also boast two players appearing in the ITA singles rankings. Senior Malika Rose comes in at No. 75 in the latest rankings, and sophomore Meghan Blevins is slotted at 125th.

Eyeing the Opponents

Ole Miss is currently slotted as the No. 26 ranked team in the nation, according to the latest ITA team rankings. The Rebels have one player appearing in the ITA singles rankings on their roster in 27th-ranked Caroline Rohde-Moe. Rohde-Moe is also ranked in doubles, along with teammate Marija Milutinovic. The tandem comes in at No. 39.

The Rebels come into this weekend’s match with a 1-2 record on the season, and are coming off of a 4-0 victory over Illinois in January. Mississippi’s two losses came to Yale and William & Mary.

Although unranked, the Mississippi State Bulldogs currently hold a 3-0 record on the season with wins over Southern Mississippi, Houston, and New Orleans.

Climbing the Record Books

With her victory over Minnesota’s Natallia Pintusava on Saturday,  Cowgirl senior Malika Rose notched her 56th singles victory, and claimed sole possession of the tenth spot on the school’s all-time singles wins list. Rose passed Martina Hautova, who had 55 singles wins during her time at Oklahoma State.

Battle Tested

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. Through five matches, every opponent the Oklahoma State played this spring has been ranked.

Phenomenal Freshman

Freshman Maria Alvarez has gotten off to a strong start in her first spring season, notching a 5-0 record in singles play thus far. On Saturday, Alvarez defeated Minnesota’s Jessika Mozia 2-6, 7-5, 11-9, playing in the fourth spot. In the match against Arkansas, Alvarez was able to close out Kimberly Ann-Surin in straight sets, downing Surin 7-5, 7-5.

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