Cowgirl Tennis Hosts UT Arlington

Feb. 20, 2013


Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team will kick off their four match home stand this weekend as they take on the Texas-Arlington Mavericks at the DeBois Tennis Complex on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Last Time Out

No. 32 Oklahoma State (6-1) has won five straight, and is coming off of an impressive weekend in Mississippi, defeating 26th-ranked Ole Miss 6-1 in Oxford, Miss., on Friday afternoon, and then downing Mississippi State 6-0 the following day. Malika Rose highlighted the weekend by upsetting No. 27 Caroline Rohde-Moe of Ole Miss, 2-6, 6-4, 6-5.

Oklahoma State 6, Ole Miss 1

Feb. 15, 2013 | Palmer/Saloum Tennis Center | Oxford, Miss.

Doubles | Order of finish: 1,3,2

No. 1 -No. 39 Caroline Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic (Ole Miss) def. Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 8-1

No. 2 -Meghan Blevins/Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Erin Stephens/Santa Shumilina (Ole Miss) 8-5

No. 3 -Maria Alvarez/Lorena Garcia (OSU) def. Julia Jones/Mai El Kamash (Ole Miss) 8-5

Singles | Order of finish: 5,3,2,6,4,1

No. 1 –No. 75 Malika Rose (OSU) def. No. 27 Caroline Rohde-Moe (Ole Miss) 2-6, 6-4, 6-5

No. 2 –No. 125 Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Mai El Kamash (Ole Miss) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

No. 3 – C.C. Sardinha (OSU) def. Erin Stephens (Ole Miss) 6-2, 6-3

No. 4 – Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Julia Jones (Ole Miss) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4



No. 5 -Marija Milutinovic (Ole Miss) def. Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 6-1, 6-4

No. 6 – Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Vief Vlaar (Ole Miss) 6-0, 3-6, 6-1

Oklahoma State 6, Mississippi State 0

Feb. 16, 2013| A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre | Starkville, Miss.

Singles| Order of finish: 2,1,3,4,5,6

No. 1 –No. 75 Malika Rose (OSU) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

No. 2 –No. 125 Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) 7-6(4), 6-4

No. 3 – C.C. Sardinha (OSU) def. Naomi Tran (MSU) 6-2, 6-3

No. 4 – Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU) 7-5, 6-2

No. 5 – Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Lien Van Geel (MSU) 8-3

No. 6 – Lorena Gheorghe (OSU) def. Sarai Flores (MSU) 8-0

Matchup History

This weekend’s match between Oklahoma State and Texas-Arlington will be the tenth time that the programs have clashed since their first meeting in 1999. The Cowgirls are 9-0 against the Mavericks in matchups over that time period. Last time Oklahoma State and Texas-Arlington collided was on February 7, 2008 in Tulsa, Okla., and was a 6-1 triumph for the Cowgirls.

Cowgirls in the Rankings

Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team moved up four spots to No. 32 in the latest team 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 Opponent

Texas-Arlington comes into Saturday’s match having notched a 1-2 record at this point in the season. The Mavericks are coming off of a 4-3 win over Air Force in Arlington, Texas. The team’s two losses have come at the hands of Old Dominion and 32nd ranked Rice. Texas-Arlington is unranked, and boasts no players or doubles teams ranked by the ITA.

Firing on All Cylinders

The Cowgirls are currently on a five match winning streak for the first time since the 2007 season. During that streak, Oklahoma State racked up wins over Abilene Christian, Kansas State, Iowa State, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The Cowgirls also built up a six match winning streak earlier that season.

Home Sweet Home

After playing the first month of their season away from Stillwater, the Cowgirls return to the friendly confines of the Debois Tennis Complex for a four match home stand. The Cowgirls open the home stand with Texas-Arlington on Saturday, then return next weekend to host the 33rd-ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane. After matching up with No. 45 Kansas State on March 8th, the Cowgirls close the home stand with Kansas on March 10th.

Climbing the Record Books

With her victory over Minnesota’s Natallia Pintusava, 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.

In the matches since, Rose has racked up three more singles victories to give her 59 wins and move her up to ninth on the list, passing Lauren Simmons, who holds 57 wins. Rose is only one victory away from tying Sasha Belova in eighth place at 60 wins.

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 7-0 record in singles play thus far. On Friday, Alvarez defeated Mississippi’s Julia Jones 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, playing in the fourth spot. In the match against Mississippi State, Alvarez defeated Petra Ferancova 7-5, 6-2. In the first set of her match with Ferancova, Alvarez was able to win four straight games after falling behind 5-3 to win the set and eventually the match.

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