April 29, 2014
STILLWATER - Oklahoma State's women's tennis team has been selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament. The Cowgirls will travel to Gainesville, Fla., the weekend of May 9-11. It will mark OSU's 16th NCAA Tournament appearance and the first time the team has competed in the tournament three-consecutive years since the 1989, 1990 and 1991 seasons.
The Cowgirls (15-8) will compete as the No. 2 seed and play third-seeded South Florida in the first round. With a win, the team will advance to face the winner of the match between Florida and South Carolina State.
"It's exciting to be able to be in the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row," Cowgirl tennis coach Chris Young said. "I think the draw is really tough. South Florida is a very strong team and they've had a really good season, finishing with an 18-3 record, so it's definitely going to be a good first round. I think we've had a really good season, not really indicative of where we've been slotted, but we get to go out and prove the type of team that we have. I think it will be a good experience for them."
Oklahoma State is coming off its second-straight appearance in the conference championship match at the Big 12 Tennis Championships last weekend. The Cowgirls defeated No. 3 seed Texas to advance to the final where they were knocked off by top-seeded Baylor.
"The Big 12 is a league that was very strong this year, so every match was very competitive," Young said. "Our kids haven't really had a match where they've gotten to take a breath. They've been in battles, so that is going to prepare us."