May 1, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla.— The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team is ending its NCAA Tournament drought.
The Cowgirls will appear in their first NCAA Tournament since 2003 and their 14th overall when they travel to Alabama to participate in the 2012 NCAA bracket, which was announced Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis.
“I’m really excited for the girls,” Young said. “It has been a lot of hard work. When I came here three years ago, I knew the challenge that was ahead of us. Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work, preparation and planning and three years of building up the program.”
The tournament is the first for OSU under third-year coach Chris Young. Young led Wichita State to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
“I don’t even have words for it,” junior Malika Rose said. “It’s crazy. We didn’t really think about [being the first OSU team since 2003 to make the tournament] when we made the goal. We just wanted to take it one match at a time. To think that we’re the first team to actually make it to NCAAs, it’s pretty special.”
The 11-9 Cowgirls will face Georgia Tech in the first round. The winner of that match will face the winner of the other match in the Tuscaloosa region, as Alabama takes on Army.
“I knew we would be playing a team that was pretty even with us and I think that’s what Georgia Tech is. We’ve seen them quite a bit. We played Alabama this year already and had a very close match with them. It’s a really good opportunity for us in the regionals.”