Cowgirl Tennis Set to Face West Virginia, Iowa State

April 3, 2013


Oklahoma State's women's tennis team heads out for another weekend road trip this week. The Cowgirls (10-5, 2-2 Big 12) will match up with West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va., on Friday at 1 p.m., then travel to Ames, Iowa for a match with Iowa State at 11 a.m., on Sunday.

Matchup History

This Friday's match with West Virginia will be the first time the two programs have collided. Sunday's match with Iowa State, however, will be the 38th time the Cowgirls and Cyclones have clashed. Oklahoma State is perfect in its series with Iowa State, boasting an astounding 37-0 all-time record against the Cyclones.

Cowgirls in the Rankings

Oklahoma State's women's tennis team fell six spots to No. 31 in the latest team rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday afternoon.

The tandem of Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana come in at No. 48 in the ITA doubles rankings. Rose represents Oklahoma State in the singles rankings as well, currently sitting at No. 60.

Eyeing the Opponents

West Virginia enters Friday's match with a 4-11 overall record and a 0-4 record in Big 12 play. The Mountaineers are coming off of a 7-0 loss to Texas in Austin on March 24. West Virginia currently holds wins over Marshall, California (Pa.), Rutgers and Marquette.

Iowa State currently holds a 7-10 overall record and 0-4 conference record. In the Cyclones' last match, they defeated Northern Iowa, 6-1, in Ames. Iowa State will host Oklahoma on Friday before taking on the Cowgirls on Sunday.

Climbing the Record Books

With her win over Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt in March, Malika Rose tied Sasha Belova in eighth place on the program's all-time singles victories list at 60 wins. Kate Vasylyeva sits at seventh place on the list with 63 career wins.



Battle Tested

The Cowgirls finished a tough ten-match non-conference schedule with an impressive 8-2 record. Of the ten matches that Oklahoma State competed in, nine were against teams ranked in the ITA team rankings. Things don't get much easier for the Cowgirls in conference play, however. Of the ten teams in the Big 12, seven are ranked.

Last Time Out

The Cowgirls are coming off of a 6-1 loss to No. 18 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas last Sunday. Meghan Blevins notched the lone point in the match with a straight-set win over Kenna Kilgo in the second spot.

No. 18 Texas Tech 6, No. 25 Oklahoma State 1

March 31, 2013 | McLeod Tennis Center | Lubbock, Texas

Doubles | Order of finish: 2,3,1

No. 1 - No. 27 Samantha Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TTU) def. No. 48 Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 8-5

No. 2 - Meghan Blevins/Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Rashmi Teltumbde/Nikki Sanders (TTU) 8-2

No. 3 - Caroline Starck/Elizabeth Ullathorne (TTU) def. Maria Alvarez/C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 8-6

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

No. 1 - No. 117 Samantha Adams (TTU) def. No. 60 Malika Rose (OSU) 6-3, 7-5

No. 2 - Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Kenna Kilgo (TTU) 6-4, 7-6

No. 3 - Elizabeth Ullathorne (TTU) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 6-4, 6-4

No. 4 - Nikki Sanders (TTU) def. Maria Alvarez (OSU) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3

No. 5 - Caroline Starck (TTU) def. Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 1-6, 6-0, 6-3

No. 6 - Sandra Dynka (TTU) def. Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6

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