The No. 57 Oklahoma State women’s tennis team wraps up the 2010 regular season at home this weekend, taking on Iowa State at 2 p.m. Friday and No. 40 Nebraska at noon Saturday. Both matches will be played at the DeBois Tennis Complex in Stillwater.
Free For All
It is free to attend all home Cowgirl tennis matches. In addition to free admission, free pizza and drinks will be provided for fans during Saturday’s match against Nebraska.
About the Cowgirls
Oklahoma State enters the match at 11-8 (4-5) and on a two-match winning streak. The Cowgirls are coming off of back-to-back road wins at Kansas and Kansas State. Prior to those wins, OSU lost to Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Tulsa and Texas, but defeated Missouri and Colorado. OSU also had conference losses to No. 1 Baylor and Texas Tech before defeating CU. The Cowgirls, who had won three consecutive matches over Wichita State, Denver and ORU before their loss to Baylor, are ranked No. 57 in the ITA team rankings. OSU has also beaten No. 39 Utah, 4-3, Saint Louis, 6-1, and Central Oklahoma, 7-0, in 2010.
About the Opponents
Iowa State enters Friday’s match with a record of 9-12 (2-7). The Cyclones are on a six-match losing streak and coming off of a 7-0 loss against Texas. OSU holds a 33-0 all-time series advantage over ISU, with the Cowgirls wining the last match in the 2009 Big 12 Championship, 4-1
Nebraska, who faces Oklahoma on Friday, is ranked No. 40 in the ITA team rankings and enters the weekend with a 18-4 overall record. The Huskers are 7-2 in Big 12 play and are coming off of a 5-2 win at Texas A&M. In addition to the team ranking, Mary Weatherholt is the 80th-ranked singles player in the ITA rankings. OSU holds a 28-6 all time series advantage over Nebraska, with the Huskers winning the last match in 2009, 4-3.
Last Time Out
In Oklahoma State’s last competition, the Cowgirls knocked off Kansas State, 6-1, in Wamego, Kan. The match began with doubles play, where OSU claimed two of three matches to go up, 1-0. In singles competition, the Cowgirls carried their momentum to several dominating performances. Shatkovskaya, Belova, Buslaieva and Meghoufel all won in straight sets at the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 lines, respectively, to seal the team win. Malika Rose finished the day for the Cowgirls with a three-set tiebreaker win over KSU’s Carmen Borau Ramos to make the final score, 6-1, OSU.
Cowgirls in the Rankings
The Cowgirl tennis team made its debut in the 2010 ITA team rankings on Feb. 12, when they received a ranking of No. 73. Oklahoma State has climbed consistently and has been ranked as high as No. 51, which is the Cowgirls’ highest ranking since March 2007. In the April 20, edition of the ITA rankings, OSU received the No. 57 spot.
After the Cowgirls take on the Huskers Saturday, they will have a short break before competing at the 2010 Big 12 Championship, scheduled for April 29-May 2, in Austin, Texas.
Quoting Chris Young
On the matches
“I am excited to be back home for our final two matches. We had a good weekend in Kansas and have a lot of confidence as we finish the season. I hope our fans will come out and support the girls because they are competing well and are fun to watch.”