April 10, 2013
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team is set to host two ranked conference opponents this weekend in No. 32 TCU and 35th-ranked Baylor.
The 33rd-ranked Cowgirls (12-5, 4-2 Big 12) will face the Horned Frogs on Friday at 3 p.m., then return to face the Bears on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the DeBois Tennis Complex in Stillwater.
Both of this weekend’s matches will feature unique, special promotions to encourage fans to come out and support the Cowgirl tennis team. Free ice cream will be provided for all fans in attendance at Friday’s match against TCU. The women of Kappa Kappa Gamma will be sponsoring the match and will host a ping pong tournament between doubles and singles play, where the fraternities on campus will have the opportunity to compete against each other.
On Sunday, free pizza and drinks will be available for fans in attendance. Sunday’s match is the Cowgirls’ “Think Pink” match. The match will be hosted by the women of Alpha Chi Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha. The Cowgirls will wear pink OSU tennis shirts, and additional shirts will be available for $20 each. All of the proceeds from Sunday’s match will benefit the Coaches vs. Cancer Foundation.
Last Time Out
The Cowgirls are coming off of a successful road trip last weekend that included dominant wins over West Virginia and Iowa State. The Cowgirl doubles team of Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana turned in two more solid performances on doubles court one. Oklahoma State was also dominant in singles play this week, taking 11 of the weekend’s 12 singles matches.
No. 31 Oklahoma State 7, West Virginia 0
April 5, 2013 | Mountaineer Tennis Courts | Morgantown, W. Va.
Doubles | Order of finish: 3,2,1
No. 1 - No. 48 Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Ikttesh Chahal/Hailey Barrett (WVU), 8-4
No. 2 - Emily Mathis/Audrey Wooland (WVU) def. Meghan Blevins/Karyn Guttormsen (OSU), 8-5
No. 3 - Maria Alvarez/C.C. Sardinha (OSU) def. Irinka Toidze/Vivian Tsui (WVU), 8-4
Singles | Order of finish: 3,2,4,1,6,5
No. 1 - No. 60 Malika Rose (OSU) def. Audrey Wooland (WVU), 7-6, 7-5
No. 2 - Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 - C.C. Sardhina (OSU) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 - Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Emily Mathis (WVU), 7-5, 6-2
No. 5 - Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Vivian Tsui (WVU), 6-4, 2-6, 10-5
No. 6 - Lorena Ghoerghe (OSU) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 31 Oklahoma State 6, Iowa State 1
Singles | Order of finish: 5,6,3,4,2,1
No. 1 – No. 60 Malika Rose (OSU) def. Simona Cacciuttolo (ISU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 – Ksenia Pronina (ISU) def. Meghan Blevins (OSU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 – C.C. Sardinha (OSU) def. Meghan Cassens (ISU), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 – Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Ana Gasparovic (ISU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 – Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Emma Waites (ISU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 – Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Caroline Andersen (ISU), 6-3, 6-3
Doubles | Order of finish: 3,2,1
No. 1 – No. 48 Rose/Narattana (OSU) vs. Langhorst/Pronina (ISU), 8-6
No. 2 – Blevins/Guttormsen (OSU) def. Cacciuttolo/Cassens (ISU), 8-6
No. 3 – Gheorge/Sardinha (OSU) def. Waites/Andersen (ISU), 8-2
Oklahoma State holds a 5-8 all-time record against TCU in previous matchups with the Horned Frogs. The last time the two programs collided was in 2004. TCU took the match, 4-0, in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Cowgirls are 4-16 against Baylor in the two programs’ histories. In the last matchup, the 11th-ranked Bears defeated the Cowgirls, 6-1, in Waco, Texas.
Cowgirls in the Rankings
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team fell two spots to No. 33 in the latest team rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday.
Senior Malika Rose remains in the singles rankings this week, coming in at No. 72. Rose also makes an appearance in the ITA doubles rankings with teammate Kanyapat Narattana. The Cowgirl duo is up 11 spots to No. 37 in this week’s rankings.
Eyeing the Opponents
TCU comes into Friday’s match ranked No. 32 in the nation. The Horned Frogs hold an impressive 16-2 overall record, and are undefeated in Big 12 competition, having notched a 5-0 record thus far in conference play. TCU is coming off of wins over Kansas and No. 48 Kansas State last weekend. The Horned Frogs’ roster boasts two ranked singles players in No. 43 Stefanie Tan and 107th-ranked Olivia Smith. Smith also represents TCU in the ITA doubles rankings along with Millie Nichols. The pair is currently ranked No. 51 by the ITA.
Baylor enters Sunday’s match with the Cowgirls slotted at No. 35 in the national team rankings. The Bears currently hold an 11-13 overall record, and a 4-1 record in conference play. Baylor’s Ema Burgic is ranked as the No. 9 player in the nation, according to the ITA singles rankings. Burgic also makes an appearance on the 19th-ranked doubles team along with teammate Victoria Kisialeva.
Climbing the Record Books
With her two wins last weekend, Malika Rose passed Sasha Belova for sole possession of eighth place on the program's all-time singles victories list. Rose now holds 62 career victories, and sits behind Kate Vasylyeva for seventh place on the list. Vasylyeva is only one win ahead of Rose, having finished her career with 63 wins.
With her victory over Iowa State’s Ana Gasparovic last Sunday, Cowgirl freshman Maria Alvarez earned her 20th overall win of the season. Alvarez is the eighth freshman in school history to reach the single-season 20-win mark. The freshman won eight matches in tournament play last fall and has notched 12 dual wins over the course of this spring. The last freshman to reach 20 wins in a season was current sophomore Meghan Blevins. During her freshman season, Blevins racked up 21 overall victories.
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.