March 6, 2013
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team opens its conference schedule this weekend with home matches against No. 36 Kansas State and Kansas.
No. 28 Oklahoma State (6-2) will take on the Kansas State Wildcats in the first match of the weekend at 11 a.m. on Friday at the DeBois Tennis Complex. The Cowgirls will return to the DeBois Tennis Complex on Sunday to face the Jayhawks of Kansas at noon.
Last Time Out
The Cowgirls are coming off of a 6-1 loss to No. 28 Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla., last Friday. Sophomore Meghan Blevins provided the bright spot of the match when she defeated Isaura Enrique on the second court.
No. 28 Tulsa 6, No. 27 Oklahoma State 1
Friday, March 1, 2013| Tulsa, Okla. | Michael Case Tennis Center
Doubles| Order of finish: 3,1,unf.
No. 1 – No. 19 Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique (TU) def. Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 8-3
No. 2 – Meghan Blevins/Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) vs. Michelle Farley/Saana Saarteinen (TU) 5-4, unfinished
No. 3 – Renata Kuricova/Maria Sant’Anna (TU) def. Maria Alvarez/Lorena Gheorghe 8-2
Singles| Order of finish: 1,5,3,6,4,2
No. 1 – No. 59 Samantha Vickers (TU) def. No. 58 Malika Rose (OSU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Isaura Enrique (TU) 6-7, 6-3, 11-9
No. 3 – Michelle Farley (TU) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
No. 4 – Saana Saarteinen (TU) def. Maria Alvarez (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 – Maria Sant’Anna (TU) def. Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 7-6(5), 6-1
No. 6 – Renata Kuricova (TU) def. Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 7-5, 6-3
Friday’s matchup with Kansas State will be the 41st meeting between the two programs. The Cowgirls have dominated the Wildcats in prior matches, as they hold a 34-6 record in the two programs’ past meetings. Oklahoma State came away with the 5-2 victory the last time the two teams clashed on March 9, 2012 in Wamego, Kan.
The Cowgirls have a 24-17 record in prior meetings with the Jayhawks. When the teams met last season in Lawrence, Kan., Oklahoma State controlled the match to notch a 6-1 victory over Kansas.
Cowgirls in the Rankings
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team fell one spot to No. 28 in this week’s team rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday.
Cowgirl senior Malika Rose made a major leap in last week’s ITA singles rankings after defeating the 39th ranked player in the nation in Caroline Rohde-Moe of Ole Miss last month. Rose's dominant play of late has moved her up to the No. 58 spot.
Eyeing the Opponents
No. 36 Kansas State comes into Friday’s matchup having notched a 4-4 record. The Wildcats are coming off of two straight losses to No. 10 Nebraska and No. 21 Purdue. Kansas State’s roster boasts two ranked singles players in 17th-ranked Petra Niedermayerova and No. 94 Karla Bonacic. Those two players combine to form the 31st-ranked doubles team in the nation. Niedermayerova also makes an appearance on the No. 35 doubles team along with teammate Ivana Kubickova.
The Kansas Jayhawks enter this weekend with a 5-2 record on the season. The Jayhawks have fallen victim to Tulsa and the College of Charleston. Kansas is coming off of a 7-0 sweep of Missouri-Kansas City in Lawrence, Kan., last Thursday. Kansas does not bring any ranked players or doubles teams into the weekend.
The Cowgirls will be well prepared when they enter Big 12 play this weekend. Of their ten nonconference matches, nine are against opponents appearing in the ITA team rankings. Through eight matches, the Cowgirls have played seven ranked teams. The team has two ranked nonconference opponents left on the schedule in No. 10 Nebraska and No. 37 Illinois.
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.