Cowgirl tennis set to continue Road Gauntlet

Match notes

The basic

Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team (14-3 overall; 5-1 Big 12) is heading out on the road this weekend to continue its road glove starting in West Virginia (7-13 overall; 0-6 Big 12) Friday at. CST) in Morgantown and finished in Iowa State (14-3 overall; 3-3 Big 12) Sunday at. 11 (CST) in Ames, Iowa.

After the action
Friday’s match against West Virginia can be seen at this link: https://okla.st/3jfgP9q. Fans can also follow live statistics at https://okla.st/3jf6xWF. Sunday’s match will have live statistics available at https: // stats. statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id = 382658.

In the rankings
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team checked in as No. 12 in the latest ITA Top 25 rankings. This marks the 11th week in a row that the Cowgirls appeared in the top 25 poll. In addition to the team rankings, four Cowgirls were ranked in the ITA Tennis Division I women’s tennis rankings. The national rankings show the 125 best singles players and the 60 best doubles teams in the country. Cowgirl veteran Lisa Marie Rioux achieved the highest single ranking of any Cowgirl when she landed as No. 26, while freshman Mhai Sawangkaew checked in as No. 39. Two Cowgirl duos got a spot in the top 60, including the dominant course a tandem of Ayumi Miyamoto and Lisa Marie Riouxwho checked in at No. 19. Mhai Sawangkaew and Martina Zerulo is the 66th ranked duo in the nation.

History of the series
Oklahoma State has a record of 7-0 against West Virginia. Against Iowa State, the Cowgirls are 44-0 all the time. The series between the Cowgirls and Cyclones dates back to the first match in 1980.

Oklahoma State at a distance
OSU put together another complete performance to end last weekend and improved to 14-3 in the season and 5-1 in Big 12 games. The Cowgirls achieved their third victory in a row and second road victory in a row. OSU is fresh on back-to-back conference road victories. The Cowgirls met Texas Tech last Friday on a windy night in Lubbock, but that did not stop OSU from putting together a strong performance to achieve its first road victory in the 2021-22 season and spoil Texas Tech’s four-game winning streak. Two days later, OSU recorded another complete effort, taking down TCU, 4-1, to end the weekend to improve to 14-3 on the season and 5-1 in Big 12 games. The Cowgirls achieved their third victory in a row and second road victory in a row. The winning streak started at the end of March when OSU closed its conference home ground with a top 25 win on, dominating the then No. 22 Baylor in Stillwater, 5-2. It was an exciting match the Cowgirls ruled from start to finish. Two days before the Baylor match, OSU dropped a hard-fought match to then-No. 6 Texas, 4-1. OSU held a winning streak of 10 matches that were interrupted after dropping a tough match against UCF, 4-3. Before the UCF match, OSU ended an undefeated start to the Big 12 game at its conference-opening home field, where the Cowgirls started the weekend by completing this year’s seventh sweep after dominating Kansas State, 4-0. OSU moved to 11-1 this season, adding another top 25 win to its resume, making it No. 24 Kansas to end the weekend. This season, OSU is returning Alana Wolfberg, Dariya Detkovskaya, Ayumi Miyamoto and Lora Boggs from last year’s team. OSU signed Sofia Rojas, Oona OrpanaMhai Mananchaya and Martina Zerulo. The veterans and Cowgirl newcomers have played a big part in the team’s success this spring. OSU set the stage for the fall for high expectations for the spring season between the three returning and five signatories. Freshman Mhai Sawangkaew has responded to the call for OSU. Sawangkaew plays on track two for the Cowgirls in singles and has a record of 13-1. In addition, twice All-American Lisa Marie Rioux leads OSU on lane 1 in singles with an 8-2 mark on the season, including a win over the nation’s top-ranked singles player. Besides, Martina Zerulo has been stable and has a record of 9-2 on lane three. OSU has won double points in 12 out of 16 matches, led by the duo Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto. The nation’s 14th ranked duo has a 12-2 clip on the season. To close out February, OSU were crowned champions at the Blue Gray Tennis Classic after winning three matches in two days. The Cowgirls swept Yale and Furman as they added another top 25 win to their resume, taking the then No. 18 Wake Forest to the finals. The Cowgirls showed their depth at the ITA Kickoff weekend and competed without twice the All-American Lisa Marie Rioux. OSU went 1-1 and ended the weekend with a 4-0 shutout of the 21st ranked LSU. OSU dropped a hard-fought match against No. 11 Ohio State, 4-1, on game day one. OSU won a 5-2 victory over pre-season top-25 opponent Princeton to begin the spring doubles season.

Streaks and trends
• OSU holds a 7-0 record against West Virginia.
OSU has never been defeated by Iowa State all the way back to the first match between the two programs in 1980.
• Iowa State has only scored 25 points against OSU in 44 all-time games.
• OSU has won double points in 12 out of 16 matches.
• Cowgirls enter their 11th week in a row ranked among the top 25.
• Mhai Sawangkaew has a record of 13-1 on the year in singles.
Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto into this weekend after winning 12 out of their last 14 matches.

An Oklahoma State victory would …
• Make it 8-0 all time vs. West Virginia
• Make it 45-0 all time vs. Iowa State
• Give OSU its third and fourth road victory in a row.
• Extend the Cowgirls’ winning streak to five.

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