Cowgirl Tennis Advances To Big 12 Semifinal With Gritty Win

FORT WORTH, Texas – The third-seeded Oklahoma State women’s tennis team collected a 4-3 victory over sixth-seeded Texas Tech this afternoon during the first day of action at the Big 12 Championship at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

Carrying a No. 11 national ranking, OSU’s victory began its quest for the program’s third Big 12 Championship title. The match had several momentum shifts, but the Cowgirls stayed the course and pulled out another gritty victory to advance to tomorrow’s semifinals.

With the win, OSU moved to 18-4 on the season and 29-22 at the Big 12 Championship while extending its quarterfinal record to 13-8 all-time.

OSU got off to a solid start in doubles, winning the crucial point to take a 1-0 lead. No. 18 Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto downed 67th-ranked Avelina Sayfetdinova and Kailey Evans, 6-2. OSU’s court one tandem has won 16 out of its last 19 matches.

No. 75 Mhai Sawangakew and Martina Zerulo went back and forth with Cristina Tiglea and Margarita Skriabina before putting their foot on the gas in the match’s latter stages, clinching the doubles point for OSU with a 6-4 victory on court two.

Oona Orpana and Dariya Detkovskaya were in control of their match, leading 5-4 against the Red Raiders duo of Olivia Peet and Metka Komac when their match was halted.

Texas Tech got on the board first in singles action, knotting the match when Metka Komac defeated Oona Orpana on court four, 6-3, 6-4.

OSU retook the lead with an impressive performance from freshman Mhai Sawangkaew. She extended her record to 17-2 on the year in singles action with a straight-set takedown of Red Raider Olivia Peet, 6-2, 6-1.

Tech picked up its second point of the afternoon when Cristina Tiglea took down Alana Woflberg on court six, 7-5, 6-1.

Martina Zerulo answered for the Cowgirls on court three with a lights out performance. After battling out a tightly-contested first set, Zerulo got off to a slow start in the second set. Down two games, Zerulo got hot and never looked back, rattling off six consecutive games to defeate 82nd-ranked Avelina Sayfetdinova, 6-4, 6-2.

No. 29 Margarita Skriabina evened the match with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lisa Marie Rioux.

With the match score knotted up at three apiece, a berth in the semifinals loomed on the outcome at court five, where Ayumi Miyamoto delivered a clutch victory, winning key deuce points in each set on the way to sealing the victory.

In the first set, Ayumi and Kailey Evans were tied up at five before Miyamoto won a deuce point that extended her advantage, leading to her finishing the set off with a 7-5 victory. Set two was back and forth. Trailing 5-4, Miyamoto came storming back, winning three straight games to clinch the match for the Cowgirls with a 7-5, 7-5 victory on court five.

Next up, OSU faces fourth-ranked Texas in the Big 12 Championship semifinal tomorrow at noon.

Results:

Singles competition

1. # 29 Margarita Skriabina (TTU) def. # 19 Lisa Marie Rioux (USO) 6-4, 6-3

2. # 31 Mananchaya Sawangkae (OSU) def. Olivia Peet (TTU) 6-2, 6-1

3. Martina Zerulo (OSU) def. # 82 Avelina Sayfetdinova (TTU) 6-4, 6-2

4. Metka Komac (TTU) def. Oona Orpana (USO) 6-3, 6-4

5. Ayumi Miyamoto (OSU) def. Kailey Evans (TTU) 7-5, 7-5

6. Cristina Tiglea (TTU) def. Alana Wolfberg (USO) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. # 18 Lisa Marie Rioux/Ayumi Miyamoto (OSU) def. # 67 Avelina Sayfetdinova / Kailey Evans (TTU) 6-2

2. # 75 Mananchaya Sawangkae /Martina Zerulo (OSU) def. Cristina Tiglea / Margarita Skriabina (TTU) 6-4

3. Oona Orpana/Dariya Detkovskaya (OSU) vs. Olivia Peet / Metka Komac (TTU) 5-4, unfinished

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