Nov. 5, 2013
The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team will wrap up the fall tournament season this weekend with Cowgirls competing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Championships and the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic.
The Champ is Here
After grabbing the singles title at the ITA Central Region Championships, Cowgirl senior Kanyapat Narattana will compete in the ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y., this weekend. Narattana is the first Cowgirl to ever compete at the tournament, and the first Cowgirl in the Big 12 era to win an ITA Regional singles title. Draws for the championships have not been released yet, but will be made available as soon as possible.
Live scoring for the tournament can be found by following this link: http://www.gocolumbialions.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=9600&ATCLID=205326803. Updates will also be available on the Cowgirl tennis Twitter account, @CowgirlTennis.
Lighting ‘Em Up
Cowgirl Senior Kanyapat Narattana has been on fire of late, having won seven straight matches, including two against ranked opponents. Narattana has posted a 9-4 overall singles record this fall, and hopes to add more wins to that mark this weekend at the National Indoor Championships.
Finishing Them Off
Kanyapate Narattana has made quick work of her opponents this fall. Of her nine wins this season, eight have come in straight sets. Two of those straight set wins came against opponents ranked in the ITA singles rankings.
Racking Up Wins
With her tournament run last weekend, Cowgirl senior Kanyapat Narattana catapulted herself into the program’s ninth spot on the overall singles wins list in the Big 12 era with 58 wins. Narattana becomes the second Cowgirl recruited and coached by Chris Young to do win her way into a top ten spot on the list. Malika Rose broke the top ten last season, and finished her career tied for seventh on the list with 63 wins.
Keeping the Streak Alive
Over the past couple of seasons, senior Cowgirl Kanyapat Narattana and former teammate Malika Rose have become staples in the ITA doubles rankings, reaching as high as No. 14 in last fall's preseason rankings. Although Rose is gone, Narattana is featured in the 2013-14 preseason rankings, along with freshman Carla Tur Mari. The last time Narattana didn't appear in the ITA doubles rankings was March 27, 2012.
Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic
Karyn Guttormsen, Maria Alvarez and Morgan McCray will travel to Bradenton, Fla., to compete at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic. Play at the National Indoor Championships is set to begin on Thursday, Nov. 7. Cowgirls competing at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate will begin competition on Friday, Nov. 8.
The 2013 Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic will feature players from Memphis, Florida, East Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn and Kentucky.
Last Time Out
The Cowgirls are coming off of a successful appearance at the USTA Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic. Cowgirl freshman Megan McCray won three matches at the tournament, including two over ranked opponents, to advance to the singles draw semifinals. The Oklahoma State tandem of Kanyapat Narattana and Carla Tur Mari also had a good weekend, making it to the doubles quarterfinals.
Cowgirls in the Rankings
The Oklahoma State women's tennis doubles team of senior Kanyapat Narattana and freshman Carla Tur Mari are slotted as the 47th-ranked doubles team in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings.
Eyeing the Opponents
This weekend’s tournament will feature elite talent from around the nation. Schools with players competing in the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic combine to feature 12 ranked singles players and ten doubles teams featured in the ITA doubles rankings.
Freshmen Megan McCray and Carla Tur Mari have been outstanding for the Cowgirls this fall. McCray has notched an impressive 11-4 singles record during the tournament season, with six of those wins coming against opponents appearing in the ITA singles rankings. McCray has a 6-2 mark against ranked opponents. Carla Tur Mari has also played well this fall, posting a 9-7 record in singles play.
The 2013 fall season brings several changes to the Cowgirl tennis roster. The team returns three players from the spring campaign but head coach Chris Young brought on five newcomers to the squad over the summer. The newcomers include sophomore transfer from Kansas State Miranda Erisman, as well as freshmen Megan McCray, Morgan McCray, Mariah Burke and Carla Tur Mari.
Among the new faces is first year assistant coach Courtney Steinbock. Steinbock, a native of Lubbock, Texas, was brought into the program earlier this summer after spending three years as assistant coach at Mississippi State. Steinbock has also held positions at Wichita State, Washington State and her alma mater, the University of Kansas.
A Win's a Win
Cowgirl junior Karyn Guttormsen had a solid dual season competing in the six spot for Oklahoma State in 2013, recording a 14-8 mark. The Cowgirls posted a 12-2 record in matches where Guttormsen took the victory.